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'Hand me the ball': Sale dominant in spring debut

@mlbbowman
February 27, 2024

BRADENTON, Fla. -- As the regular season inches closer, the Braves will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the likelihood that Chris Sale will be healthy and effective for the postseason. As for Sale, he's focused on the next task. It's far too early to know whether the upcoming

'It's crazy how much I've grown': Fried reflects on 8th Spring Training

@mlbbowman
February 26, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Braves fans will always fondly remember the night Max Fried helped secure the 2021 World Series title by throwing six scoreless innings after his ankle was trampled. Fried’s right ankle was crushed by Michael Brantley during a bang-bang play at first base. But the Braves' hurler

Breaking down the battle for the Braves' bench

@mlbbowman
February 26, 2024

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Riley's sights set on Gold Glove in 2024

@mlbbowman
February 25, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Austin Riley stands as just one of six Braves players ever to produce three consecutive 30-homer seasons. By the end of this year, he’d like to be one of just three third basemen in franchise history to win a Gold Glove Award. “That’s what I’m going

1 dark horse candidate to make each Opening Day roster

@Theo_DeRosa
February 25, 2024

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming young players, Spring Training provides an opportunity for everyone to shine. While only 26 players per club will crack the Opening Day roster when all is said and done, those who stand out during the spring often find themselves rewarded. With the help of each

Strider starts strong, shows off new pitch in scoreless spring debut

@mlbbowman
February 24, 2024

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Based on what’s happened over the past two seasons, it may seem crazy to think there was debate regarding whether Spencer Strider would be best utilized as a starting pitcher or reliever. “It’s been fun watching the development of this guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Examining the Braves' back-of-rotation options

@mlbbowman
February 23, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Reynaldo López and Bryce Elder will draw a lot of attention as they spend the next month battling for the fifth spot in the Braves’ rotation. But there’s plenty of reason to also monitor the progress of AJ Smith-Shawver, Darius Vines and the other pitchers who

Braves Injuries & Roster Moves

February 27, 2024

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Youthful gamble paying off for Smith-Shawver

@mlbbowman
February 23, 2024

This story was excerpted from Mark Bowman's Braves Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Sale's confidence growing after facing hitters

@mlbbowman
February 22, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Chris Sale’s sense of humor seems to validate that he truly is feeling good about the upcoming season. “I’m happy with where I’m at and I’m happy with where we’re going,” Sale said. “I’m just excited to keep this thing going and [trying] not to mess

Kelenic enjoying much-needed change of scenery with Atlanta

@mlbbowman
February 21, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Whether talking to Jarred Kelenic at Braves Fest or during these early days of Spring Training, it’s been obvious he is extremely happy in his new environment. “This organization does a lot of the little things that other organizations might not do,” Kelenic said. “They really

Acuña named best player in baseball on MLB Network’s Top 100 list

@MannyOnMLB
February 21, 2024

Who are the 100 best players in MLB right now? MLB Network revealed its list through this year’s Top 100 Players Right Now series, which reached its conclusion with the much-anticipated Top 10 on Wednesday. Below is a recap of the full list; click here for a team-by-team breakdown.

Though still months away, anticipation high for Anderson's return

@mlbbowman
February 20, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Ian Anderson will be 26 once he completes his long rehab from Tommy John surgery and attempts to reclaim a spot within Atlanta’s rotation this summer. He’ll be two years younger than Kyle Wright, a year younger than Michael Soroka and one year older than Jared

Strider toys with new pitch shapes in first spring BP session

@mlbbowman
February 19, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Spencer Strider was asked if it felt good to get the competitive juices flowing again while facing Austin Riley and Matt Olson in a live batting practice session on Monday. “I woke up and was ready to go,” Strider said. “I’m in a bad mood and

Checking in on Acuña & the happenings at camp

@mlbbowman
February 19, 2024

This story was excerpted from Mark Bowman’s Braves Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Top power-hitting prospects -- one from each team

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 21, 2024

Slugging percentage, isolated slugging percentage, exit velocity, hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, good old-fashioned dingers. Power is one of the most qualitative, and thus easiest to measure, tools in the game of baseball. It’s also one of the most tantalizing and mesmerizing as tape-measure shots draw the most oohs and aahs

Can Immaculate Grid legend Jesse Chavez name all his teams in order?

February 20, 2024

You might know Jesse Chavez as a journeyman reliever who has seen a lot of things and been a lot of places over his 16-year big league career. You might also know of him as a very useful Immaculate Grid answer, considering in those 16 years he has played for

Injuries behind him, Matzek poised to return to his '21 self

@mlbbowman
February 18, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Along with dealing with the physical challenges that accompany recovery from Tommy John surgery, Tyler Matzek spent the past year and a half mentally dealing with yet another untimely setback. After producing one of the greatest playoff moments in Atlanta sports history during the 2021 National

'I've still got it in me': Finally healthy, Sale ready to compete

@mlbbowman
February 17, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Chris Sale’s confidence certainly wasn’t shaken as he spent the past four seasons significantly limited by multiple injuries. “I never don't feel like my old self. I've always been me,” Sale said. “My expectations don't waver. I expect to do what I've always done, which is

‘I want to be a Brave for life’: Reigning MVP Acuña still hungry

@mlbbowman
February 16, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- It might seem hard to imagine the beloved Ronald Acuña Jr. could further endear himself to Braves fans. But he may have done so on Friday morning, when he arrived at Spring Training and expressed his hope to spend his entire career in Atlanta. “It’s not

How Kelenic fits into Braves' 2024 plan

@mlbbowman
February 16, 2024

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Here's everything you need to know about Spring Breakout

@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

Top 100 prospect Waldrep hyped for Spring Breakout

@mlbbowman
February 15, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Hurston Waldrep's first Spring Training experience will include the opportunity to represent the Braves in their Spring Breakout game. “It’s pretty cool,” Waldrep said. “You get to face guys you played in college or saw in college. To hear your name in the same sentence as

How does Fried factor into Braves' future plans?

@mlbbowman
February 15, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- As much as Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos would have liked to avoid the topic, he knew the start of Spring Training would bring the need for him to address the future of Max Fried, who will be eligible to become a free agent