Some young Atlanta Braves players have made their mark so far in the spring games.
Evan Gattis “El Oso Blanco” doubled and jerked a fast ball into the left field berm for a long home run against the Yankees, Saturday, from the designated hitter spot.
“That’s what he can do,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Gattis dug a divot with his homer to the grass berm beyond left field and also lined a double over third base. “It’s good to see. We’re just going to have to come up with a spot for him.”
Braves catching prospect, Christian Bethancourt, had a double in two at bats yesterday against the Yankees, and played his usual good defense behind the plate.
Braves 2012 minor league player of the year, Todd Cunningham, had 2 hits in 5 at bats against the Yankees, while patrolling center field.
Joey Terdoslavich accounted for the Braves only run in the spring opener against Detroit, when he curled one around the left field foul pole. He then drove a ball Saturday against the Yankees deep, but it was into the teeth of the wind and died on the warning track.
Pitching hopeful, J.R. Graham, hit 100 on the radar gun Saturday, and pitched 1 scoreless inning while giving up 2 hits and a walk.
Still early in spring training, but good to see these young Braves off to good starts, as they gain confidence and make their bids to come north with the Braves big club.