MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Phil Gosselin #15 of the Atlanta Braves turns a double play over Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Turner Field on September 17, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.                                                                                      Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

23. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are clearly looking to the future given the way they have treated this offseason. Management shipped off Justin Upton (Padres), Jason Heyward (Cardinals), and Evan Gattis(Astros), and let Aaron Harang walk. That being said, Christian Betancourt is an exciting young talent, and the Braves were able to land Shelby Miller in the Heyward deal. However, Nick Markakis and Johnny Gomes are hardly upgrades over Heyward and Upton. Pair those two with B.J. Upton’s sinking production, and don’t expect to see much production coming from the Braves outfield. The Braves have some good young pitching, but with Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson being the only offensive threats, the Braves will struggle to keep up with even the Marlins, much less the Nationals.

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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