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  • Braves Outright Jackson Stephens

    The Braves announced that right-hander Jackson Stephens was outrighted to Triple-A.  The move was necessary to remove Stephens from the 40-man roster since he is out of minor league options, but the righty will remain in Atlanta’s organization. Stephens first joined the Braves on a minor league deal last winter, and he ended up seeing…

    Mar 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Jackson Stephens
  • Kyle Wright To Make Spring Debut Monday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright (shoulder) said he's scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Wright has faced hitters in spring training, but this will be his first time getting into a game. The 27-year-old needed a cortisone injection in his right shoulder back in January and has been brought along slowly in camp. As long as he doesn't have a setback in the next couple weeks, he should be ready to go for Opening Day. Wright had a league-leading 21 wins last year in a breakout campaign and has become a solid starting target in fantasy leagues heading into the 2023 regular season.

    Mar 18 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Michael Harris II Having Good Spring

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II is hitting .286 with a .375 OBP through 28 spring at-bats. The defending NL Rookie of the Year looks ready for the season and to improve on last year. He has two home runs and one stolen base this spring. He was a solid contributor across the board last season, hitting .297 with 19 homers, 20 steals, 64 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 414 at-bats. He should exceed those numbers after playing in 114 games in the majors last season. He's currently RotoBaller's 30th-ranked player but has an ADP of 42, so he should land in an excellent spot for one of your top outfield options.

    Mar 18 · Source via Braves Michael Harris
  • Raisel Iglesias Having Mediocre Spring

    Atlanta Braves closerRaisel Iglesias has a 4.50 ERA over four innings in Spring Training thus far. He has three strikeouts and a 1.25 WHIP. While those numbers wouldn't be helpful to your fantasy team during the year, they're nothing to worry about now. Iglesias was dominant after being traded to the Braves last season, striking out 30 batters in 26 1/3 innings. He had a minuscule 0.34 ERA and earned himself the chance to be the Braves' closer this season. He currently has a 79.3 ADP but is ranked as RotoBaller's 60th-best player, so there's some value there if you decide to look for saves that high.

    Mar 17 · Source via Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Austin Riley Looking Good In Spring Training

    Entering Grapefruit League play on Friday, Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley is hitting a strong .316 (6-for-19) with a double, two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in nine games played. He made his first All-Star team in his fourth year in the big leagues in 2022 by slashing .273/.349/.528 with an .878 OPS, career-high 38 home runs, 93 RBI and 90 runs scored in 693 plate appearances and 159 games played. The 25-year-old is an elite power option in fantasy at the third base position, and he consistently barrels baseballs up, hitting a combined 71 round-trippers in his first two full MLB seasons in 2021 and 2022. Fantasy managers should consider him a top-five third baseman heading into 2023.

    Mar 17 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Braden Shewmake Not Expected To Make Opening Day Roster's Mark Bowman doesn't expect Atlanta Braves shortstop prospect Braden Shewmake to make the team's Opening Day roster in a bench role. At this stage of their careers, the Braves need Shewmake and Vaughn Grissom to play every day, and Grissom is expected to be Atlanta's shortstop to begin the 2023 campaign. However, Shewmake has impressed this spring by hitting .292 (7-for-24) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and a run scored in 11 Grapefruit League games. The former first-rounder hit just .259/.316/.399 with a .715 OPS, seven home runs, 25 RBI, 37 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 76 games for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2022 and would probably benefit from some more time down on the farm.

    Mar 17 · Source via Braves Braden Shewmake
  • Kyle Wright To Make Spring Debut Next Week

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright (shoulder) threw two innings on the back fields at camp on Wednesday and will make the first of two Grapefruit League starts next week and then make his final tune-up against minor-leaguers after the Braves leave camp. He's currently lined up to make his 2023 debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road between April 3-5. Wright required a cortisone injection back in January for a shoulder injury and has been brought along slowly in spring training, but he appears to be on track to go early in the year, barring a setback within the next couple of weeks. The 27-year-old right-hander broke out last year for Atlanta and fantasy managers, and even if he does see some regression in 2023, he should be a solid fantasy starter.

    Mar 16 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Bryce Elder Optioned To Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday

    The Atlanta Braves optioned starting pitcher Bryce Elder to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, per the team's Twitter account. The 23-year-old had a solid showing in 2022, going 2-4 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 20.7% strikeout rate in 10 appearances, nine of which were starts. It remains to be seen who will start the season as the Braves' fifth starter, as teammate Ian Anderson was also optioned on Tuesday. Elder may get a chance to join the team this season, but he can remain in the back of fantasy managers' minds for now.

    Mar 15 · Source via Braves Bryce Elder
  • Ian Anderson Optioned To Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday

    The Atlanta Braves optioned starting pitcher Ian Anderson to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, per the team's Twitter account. The 24-year-old had a strong 2021 season but struggled last season with a 5.00 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 19.7% strikeout rate in 22 starts. It remains to be seen who will start the season as the Braves' fifth starter and it is possible that Anderson will get a chance to pitch with the team at some point during the season, but he will not get the first chance. This severely limits his fantasy value to start the season.

    Mar 15 · Source via Braves Ian Anderson
  • Braves Option Ian Anderson, Bryce Elder

    The Braves announced today that right-handers Ian Anderson and Bryce Elder have been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The club now has 50 players in camp. The club is going into the season with four of its five rotation spots spoken for, with Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Kyle Wright and Charlie Morton firmly cemented. The only…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Ian Anderson Bryce Elder
  • Matt Olson Crushing The Baseball This Spring

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson has been scorching-hot in Grapefruit League games this spring as he heads into his second full season with the team. In 22 plate appearances over eight games to this point, Olson has gone 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored for Atlanta. The 28-year-old left-handed slugger hit .240/.325/.477 with an .802 OPS, 34 home runs, 103 RBI and 86 runs scored in 699 plate appearances and 162 games in 2022. Olson is an excellent source of power and run production, but his batting average can't be relied on. With that said, Olson could produce a better average in 2023 and beyond now that defenders cannot shift against him. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 5 fantasy first baseman.

    Mar 14 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Kolby Allard Out With Grade 2 Oblique Strain

    Braves lefty Kolby Allard has been shut down after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain, per Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). He’ll begin the season on the injured list. There’s no specific timetable for Allard to return just yet, but even Grade 1 strains can lead to a month-long absence…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Kolby Allard closers
  • Kolby Allard To Be Placed On Injured List

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kolby Allard (oblique) won't be ready for Opening Day. The left-hander has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 right oblique strain on Thursday. That being said, Allard is going to begin the season on the injured list. There was a chance that Allard would make the Opening Day roster. Both Kyle Wright (shoulder) and Michael Soroka (hamstring) are dealing with injuries, so Allard had a chance at cracking the roster. Allard should join the MLB roster at some point this season, but isn't someone worth holding in fantasy leagues right now.

    Mar 9 · Source via Braves Kolby Allard
  • Marcell Ozuna The Favorite For DH Job

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna remains the favorite for primary designated hitter duties for the team in 2023. Ozuna is playing often in the Grapefruit League in spring training and is strictly being used as a DH, despite saying before arriving to camp that his throwing arm was stronger after rehab work in the winter. The Braves prefer not to use him in left field, and they are hoping he can bounce back offensively after leading the National League in home runs and RBI in the shortened 2020 campaign. In the last two seasons, though, he has hit a combined .222 with 30 home runs and a .675 OPS in 172 games. The 32-year-old still has decent power, but everything else could be volatile for fantasy managers.

    Mar 7 · Source via Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Kyle Wright Could Make Spring Debut Next Week

    Atlanta Braves right-hander Kyle Wright (shoulder) will throw a side session on Tuesday and live batting practice on Friday, and he could make his Grapefruit League debut next week. It sets him up to make three spring starts before Opening Day. Wright could make another start against minor-leaguers and then be lined up for the second series of the regular season against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 27-year-old is being in camp after needing a cortisone injection in his shoulder in January. Wright broke out for Atlanta in 2022 with a league-high 21 wins, career-best 3.19 ERA (3.58 FIP), 1.16 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 180 1/3 innings (30 starts). Some regression could be in store, but Wright should still be considered a very solid fantasy starter.

    Mar 7 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
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