Atlanta Braves position players who were added to the roster before the 2013 season have keyed the offense. Returning Braves players…not so much.
The new Braves include left fielder Justin Upton (.328 average, 9 home runs, 13 runs batted in) third baseman / first baseman Chris Johnson (MLB leading .438 average, 2 home runs, 7 runs batted in) catcher Evan Gattis (.279 average, 5 home runs, 12 runs batted in) catcher Gerald Laird (.308 average) utility infielder Ramiro Pena (.364 average, 1 home run, 6 runs batted in plus great defense and game winning homer against Washington) pinch-hitter Blake Dewitt (1 of 2) and outfielder Jordan Schafer (4 of 8).
B.J. Upton is the only newly acquired Braves position player who hasn’t been hot. Upton is hitting only .167 with 2 home runs and 3 runs batted in but he has swung the bat better the past few games.
First baseman Freddie Freeman started out the season hot but went on the 15-day disabled list after only 5 games. The Braves are 9-1 without Freeman in the line-up.
Juan Francisco is the one Brave who was on the 2012 roster that has been available for all the games and hit well (.318, 3 home runs, 7 runs batted in).