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Wright's focus on health, not numbers (just yet)

March 20, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Kyle Wright was brutally honest when asked how he thought he had pitched. But the shaky results from his spring debut didn’t alter his thoughts about being ready to start one of the Braves’ first six games of the regular season. “[My shoulder] feels great,” Wright

Injuries & Moves: Soroka set for spring debut

March 20, 2023


Pair of moves clear way for Arcia's nod at SS

Shewmake, Grissom optioned to Triple-A following Monday's game
March 20, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Just when it looked like Braden Shewmake and Vaughn Grissom were competing to replace Dansby Swanson as Atlanta’s starting shortstop, both were sent to the Braves’ Minor League camp. The surprising development occurred Monday evening when the Braves announced Shewmake and Grissom were among the players

Fried's scoreless streak continues as season approaches

Left-hander goes 6 1/3 innings vs. Twins with one hit allowed
March 19, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Had Sunday been Opening Day, Max Fried would likely have been celebrating an outstanding performance in a Braves victory. Sunday, however, was a Grapefruit League game, so even after tossing 6 1/3 innings with one hit allowed in Atlanta's 5-0 win over the Twins, Fried was

Projecting Atlanta's '23 Opening Day roster

March 18, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Braden Shewmake is in the thick of the shortstop battle and top prospect Jared Shuster has positioned himself to begin the season in Atlanta’s rotation. Add a couple of interesting bullpen decisions and you find plenty of intrigue surrounding the Braves’ final full week of Spring

Dodd makes his case for Braves' rotation spot

March 18, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla -- Dylan Dodd figured he’d spend a few weeks in big league camp and then be sent to the Minor League side. But while constructing one of this year’s best underdog stories, the left-hander has positioned himself to enter Spring Training’s final full week with a chance

1 player on each team who's made a big impression this spring

March 19, 2023

Spring Training presents a valuable opportunity for many players to open eyes, whether it’s a veteran competing for a roster spot, a young player looking to cement his role or a top prospect getting a chance to play in big league games for the first time. Here are the players

'It was really good': Shuster's scoreless start impresses

March 17, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jared Shuster didn’t allow any runs and -- just as impressively -- he didn’t blink when given his first start as the top candidate to fill the Braves’ final rotation spot. Shuster displayed a good changeup, an effective slider and great poise as he pitched in

'Guys look up to him': d'Arnaud dedicated to craft

March 16, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG -- Travis d'Arnaud played only 92 games for the Rays in 2019, yet as he looked around Tropicana Field on Thursday, he couldn’t help but smile. “A lot of great memories,” d’Arnaud said, pointing at the 2019 American League Wild Card banner hanging in left field. “A lot

Anderson looks to 'right' his pitching in Triple-A

March 16, 2023

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.

Each team's prospect with the best fastball

March 16, 2023

“Throw him the cheese! Throw him the high, stinky Limburger!” That’s Henry Rowengartner’s line from Rookie of the Year. Of course, pitching is more of an art than simply throwing hard. But sometimes – and especially in an age where we’re seeing more velo than ever – sometimes it’s just

‘Who is this Dodd guy?’ Prospect closes in on rotation spot 

March 15, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Was Dylan Dodd even considered a long shot for the Braves' rotation when Spring Training began? “I saw him on the back field and I was like, ‘Who is this Dodd guy?’” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Well, Dodd is a young left-hander constructing an unexpected

With Anderson optioned, top prospect gets extended look

March 14, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Jared Shuster has been the talk of Braves camp, and he will continue to be in the spotlight as he and fellow prospect Dylan Dodd battle to begin the season as Atlanta’s fifth starter. The Braves provided some clarity on the rotation battle when Ian Anderson

Who will Braves keep as backup outfielders?

March 14, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Eli White is hitting .435 with three homers and a 1.500 OPS through his first 26 plate appearances this spring. But when evaluating his bid to be on the Braves’ Opening Day roster, the most influential figure might be two, which is his number of remaining Minor

Braves could have a historic trio at plate in 2023

March 13, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The top three spots in the Braves’ batting order will be filled by a little more than 10% of the players who have hit at least 38 homers during any of the past four seasons. Long gone are the days when a lineup began with a

'If you're ready, you're ready': Shuster makes case for 5th starter

Late-inning relievers work through struggles; Harris goes oppo vs. Bucs
March 12, 2023

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jared Shuster is showing why he ranks as the Braves’ No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline. He’s also creating reason to believe that he’s the best candidate to begin the season as Atlanta’s fifth starter. Shuster has authored one of the most encouraging storylines in Braves camp

Normal buildup could help Morton to quicker start

Braves' veteran hurler feels comfortable a year after a delayed and rushed Spring Training
March 11, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Four months after breaking his leg during the 2021 World Series, Charlie Morton accelerated through a condensed Spring Training and then experienced the potential pitfalls of not having a normal offseason. Morton has never said the injury-restricted winter and shortened Grapefruit League season negatively impacted his

Childhood friends Greene, Grissom 'living out our dreams'

March 11, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Sometimes, you get by with a little help from your friends. And sometimes, those friends help one another's dreams come true. Tigers outfielder Riley Greene attended Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla., where he was highly touted and drew attention in spades. Also on his high

Limiting damage a step forward for Anderson

March 10, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG -- For right-hander Ian Anderson, this spring is about a reset and celebrating the small victories that can build confidence. Anderson struggled early in his third appearance of Spring Training on Friday, but he settled down and allowed one run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings in

Murphy, Ritchie and Phillips the focus at Braves camp

March 9, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Last spring, Michael Harris II was slated to head to Double-A Mississippi, and Spencer Strider was debatably a reliever. The two Braves youngsters went on to sweep the top two spots in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. The Braves' system has a much

Will Grissom start at SS on Opening Day?

March 9, 2023

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With 'different perspective,' Hilliard eyes fresh start in Atlanta

March 8, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Considering all Sam Hilliard experienced over the past few years, it’s easy to understand why he welcomed a change of scenery when the Rockies traded him to the Braves in November. “I think [a change of scenery] can be really good for guys at certain points