Surprise Player Leading Braves Spring
A few weeks ago the Braves Pedro Ciriaco had a big game and I commented that you will never hear from him again. Well, Ciriaco has stuffed it down my throat and twisted it sideways.
Ciriaco is hitting .380 this spring, with one homer, a .520 slugging percentage and is leading the Braves with 14 RBIs. He has one triple, two doubles and has struck out only eight times.
The Braves need players to step up this season and drive in runs and nobody is doing it better now than Pedro Ciraco. His .380 average is second on the team behind Freddie Freeman.
The 6’0′ 180 pound journeyman second baseman has a career .270 average in 470 major league at bats with Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. He has hit .303 in the National League, although it is in only 33 at bats.
Ciriaco won’t head north with the major league team since the Braves already have Jace Peterson, Alberto Callaspo and Phil Gosselin to play second. He probably could have batted a thousand this spring and not beaten out Callaspo and his $3 million free agent contract. Baseball is a lot about finances, you know.
Gosselin fits well in the utility role and Peterson has flat played well this spring.
Within the next week Pedro Ciriaco and his .380 spring batting average will vaporize. When you consider how hitting-starved the Braves are, it does make you pause to wonder if it is the right move, cutting a guy who has got it done with the bat, even if it is only spring training.