Could Ozzie Albies Force Braves Hand?
Braves rookie second baseman Ozzie Albies could force the Braves hand real soon. Albies is off to a solid start in spring, his elbow injury a fleeting memory.
The Braves brought in Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati, thinking Albies would need a few months in Triple A, minimum. The way Albies is playing, the question Braves media may be asking soon is whether or not Phillips can play third base.
Sean Rodriguez was a perfect fit for the Braves this season, until he was hurt in the off season car accident. Rodriguez would have held down second base until Albies is ready, then moved over to third, or wherever the Braves would need him. Brandon Phillips doesn’t posses that same versatility. Fortunately, the Braves do not have a major investment in Phillips, should they need to move him.
Ozzie Albies has only played in eight games, but is already turning heads. In 13 at bats he has 5 hits, walked 3 times and is 1 for 1 in stolen base attempts. His numbers translate into a .385 batting average with a .529 on base percentage and .462 slugging.
Albies is a dynamic and exciting player who put up outstanding minor league numbers. He may force the Braves brain trust into making tough decisions sooner than they anticipated. Albies has been assigned to Triple A Gwinnett, don’t expect to see him there the whole season.