Five Big Questions for the 2016 Atlanta Braves

Media Credit: David Kohl - USA Today Sports

Media Credit: David Kohl – USA Today Sports

Which young players will take the biggest step forward?

If you head to an Atlanta Braves game next year make sure to buy a program, so you can familiarize yourself with the players on the field. There will be an influx of young players looking to make their mark in the big leagues. The aforementioned pitchers in Wisler, Foltynewicz, Newcomb, Blair, Jenkins and Vizcaino will all get long looks to determine if they are cornerstone pieces for the future. There are also a couple position players who will be looking to make a name for themselves as well.

Jace Peterson will be out to build on last year and prove he can be an everyday player at second base. Peterson is a great athlete but it remains to be seen if he can handle big league pitching.   Position players Mallex Smith and Ozhaino Albies and Dansby Swanson are rapidly progressing through the minors aiming for big league consideration as well. It will be on-the-job training for a number of young players, but for the Braves rebuild to take the next step, these youngsters will need to show they are capable.

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  1. fleiter69

    The only real question for this Braves team is: Is it possible to lose every game in a an MLB season?

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    • Adam Piede

      If it weren’t for the 18 games vs the Phillies I would say yes. Thanks for reading!

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    • Wayne Canon

      I don’t know….but we’ve got a damn good shot at it.

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  2. John Sheets

    I sure hope Perez is not in the rotation, let alone on the team. His WHIP and K:B ratio are all you need to see. His starts were tough to watch last year. Same with Folty. Neither will succeed until they can learn to locate there fastball on the inside part of the plate, which I don’t think they will. I don’t mind moving Folty to the bullpen where he can do what he does, just throw hard. I’d like to see Blair in the rotation to start the year if he has a good spring. It’s annoying when teams wait to call up a kid for an extra year of control. These boys are going to need all the big league experience they can get if we want to compete in 17, 18.

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    • Adam Piede

      Of Banuelos, Folty, and Perez…Banuelos looked the best when healthy, but I don’t know if he can be counted on. I doubt either Blair or Newcombe start in the Bigs for the very reason you disdain, the extra year of control. I don’t necessarily like it but for a team like the Braves it makes sense. Why burn a year over 6 weeks of pitching for a team that goes no where. No IF the Cubs were burned last year by not bringing up Bryant, now that is a different story.

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