Braves Spring Training is well underway, and in three weeks, games that actually count will be played. There are a number of roster spots yet to be decided, and several players competing for those spots are experiencing success early in the Spring. There are also many household names already in mid-season form.
Olson’s been the hottest person on the planet this Spring. He has eight hits in 15 at-bats, including three home runs. Hopefully, he can carry this hot streak into the start of the season.
Riley is also on fire through his first 12 at-bats, racking up five hits along with two home runs.
Michael Harris II
Harris also has five hits but in 13 at-bats with one homer and a triple.
Acuna doesn’t have a homer yet in Spring Training, but he’s getting on base at a .500 clip and owns an OPS of 1.000
White is currently competing for one of the final bench spots on the Opening Day roster. The Braves knew they were getting elite defense and speed when they signed him, but his offense has surprised in Spring Training. He’s getting on base at a .471 clip, and three of his five hits have gone for extra bases, including a home run.
Hilliard is another player competing for an outfield role this Spring, and he’s making it difficult for the Braves to keep him off the roster, hitting .375 with three doubles.
Dodd is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, but he’s proving close to being major-league ready after a stellar 2022 campaign on the farm. Don’t let his stat line today against the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic squad fool you. That’s a bear of a lineup for any pitcher, let alone one without any major-league experience, but he actually handled himself pretty well. Dodd pitched two scoreless innings before the Dominican Republic strung together five runs in the third. It wasn’t too shabby, given his experience. Before that outing, Dodd had tossed 4.1 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts over two appearances.
Allard is another long shot to make the Opening Day roster coming into camp, but he’s making a case for himself. Over five innings, he’s allowed just one run.
Max Fried and Spencer Strider
I don’t really even have to say anything about these two, but they’ve been nearly perfect in Spring Training. In a combined 10 innings, they’ve yet to allow a run, striking out 13.
The top prospect in the organization has been flawless through five innings this Spring, allowing just one hit and no runs through five innings.
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