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.