the braves saw Dansby Swanson He will leave as a free agent this winter. As a result, they enter the season with something of a question mark at shortstop for the first time in six years.
At this rate, the shortstop looks like a two-man battle between young infielders. Vaughan Grissom and utility man Orlando AlciaAt 22, Grissom seems like a shortcut to the organization’s future. He’s only appeared in his 41 games in MLB, raising some questions about his ability to handle positions defensively. Arcia has had a much longer MLB run, but with a .243 / .295 / .369 average, just short of his 2,200 all-time at-bats.
veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus Remains unsigned and appears viable on paper to the Atlanta team now winning in the competitive division. There is no sign of searching for Atlanta has put a great deal of faith in its young players who have been highly rated in recent seasons, and baseball operations president Alex Anthopoulos expressed optimism about the in-house candidates over the weekend.
Anthopoulos acknowledged that some had concerns about Grissom’s defense, but noted that respected infield coach Ron Washington was highly appreciative of his work in the offseason.See how the scouting community asks questions about Vaughn.I had my doubts about Vaughn when we first metsaid Anthopoulos (link via Justin Toscano of Atlanta Journal-Constitution). “And I got it wrong too many times. The difference is that there’s a guy named Ron Washington. He didn’t just say something to say it. …and you see, I don’t know how Vaughan will attack. he has to get a job Orlando Alcia can do it too. But Wash really believes in Vaughn. We also believe in Vaughn, but he goes to who we think is an expert in his field, and he doesn’t know anyone better in the game than Ron.”
Sure, the Braves want Grissom to get a position out of the gate. Hit /.353/.440.Although he displayed an aggressive approach, he displayed quality batting skills. Ozzy Albies He was injured last season and according to public defensive metrics, he was below average in 347 innings of work.
Albies returns to Keystone, Austin Riley Secure third base. Left field is the only unstable position in the lineup other than shortstop. Eddie Rosario It looks like they are fighting over who is in charge. Skipper Brian Snicker stressed over the weekend that Grissom will not be a corner outfielder during exhibition play, and the club only sees him as an infielder. Athletic David O’Brien).
Arcia, 28, is a veteran fallback on the lower upside. 244/.316/.416 with nine home runs in 234 plate appearances. This was his first above-average slashline in the big leagues of his 7th season. Arcia made his contact hard with a career-high 42.5% of his clip, and in 68 games he had 18 extra base hits. It’s been a good year for the 28-year-old to at least get a position as a shortstop if Grissom stalls, but his modest career performance at bat means he can fully sustain his 2022 production. It raises questions as to whether Year of the Daily Shortstop Reps.