Experts Missed on Camargo

Johan Camargo has been the most pleasant surprise in the Braves 2017 season. How Camargo didn’t show up on anybody’s Braves top 30 prospect lists is a mystery.

Camargo has displayed slick fielding skills, a potent bat and runs extremely well. He possesses the best infield arm in the Braves organization. Camargo plays third, short and second equally well.

Hate to say it, but Camargo has been everything that Dansby Swanson was supposed to be. Camargo is hitting .327 at the All-Star break, over 100 points higher than Swanson.

Braves skipper Brian Snitker was impressed with Camargo during the spring, “His whole game is better. He’s just so much bigger and stronger and more mature, I think both mentally and physically, than he was a couple years ago. He’s just a very impressive young man.”

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The intriguing question will be whether the Braves can justify giving Swanson many at bats after the All-Star break with Camargo playing so well. Freeman is entrenched at third and Adams has been hammering the ball since arriving from St. Louis to play first when Freeman got hurt.

Phillips has played well at second and within a couple weeks Sean Rodriguez will be activated. Rodriguez plays second and third equally well. Yes, the Braves will be challenged to give Swanson many ABs in the second half.  Unless those ABs are at the Braves AAA affiliate in Gwinnett.