Ozzie Albies got the call to the majors on Aug. 1 and hit the ground running, flashing the well-rounded skill set that made him a top prospect in baseball. At 20 years old, the switch-hitting Albies displayed advanced plate skills, posting a .347 wOBA in 244 plate appearances. He's not an imposing presence in the batter's box at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, but Albies has excellent bat speed and he used that to generate above-average game power (.171 ISO, 33.2 percent hard-hit rate). He also went 8-for-9 on the basepaths, and when it was all said and done, Albies was worth roughly two wins above replacement in just 57 games. Albies' ability to make consistent contact gives him a solid floor in batting average, and he runs at a time when stolen bases are on the decline league-wide. The power is just the cherry on top. He could end up being a significant bargain in drafts and auctions, even with spring helium.
Albies went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. While all eyes have understandably been on Ronald Acuna this spring, Albies has been no slouch in camp either. He homered from both sides of the plate Friday, taking Jameson Taillon deep to right field in the fourth inning and then yanking a Josh Smoker offering down the left-field line in the eighth. Albies showed surprising power last season, hitting 15 combined homers between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta after popping only seven total in his first three seasons in the minors, and if he continues displaying it in his first full big-league campaign, he could begin to draw Jose Altuve comparisons for reasons beyond his short stature.
Albies went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. The 21-year-old switch hitter has come flying out of the gate this spring, slashing .400/.455/.450 through his first 20 at-bats with two steals. Albies is set to hit second this season ahead of Freddie Freeman, and after scoring 101 runs and swiping 29 bases (on 32 attempts) between Triple-A Gwinnett and the majors last year, he's got the skill set to thrive in that lineup spot.
Albies is expected to bat second for the Braves this season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Manager Brian Snitker confirmed that he's planning to keep the switch-hitting Albies in the two hole, between Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman, after Albies' stellar debut with the big club last season. At this time a year ago, Albies was limited in camp due to an elbow injury he suffered in September of 2016, but he doesn't have any lingering questions about his health entering the 2018 campaign. Albies will take some groundballs at shortstop this spring, but there are no plans to switch him back to his old position. Snitker suggested he just wants to keep his options open in case there is a need at short at some point.
Albies went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night. The young second baseman led off the contest with a bang, sending Dan Straily's second offering over the fence to give Atlanta an early lead. Albies is hitting well right now, notching multi-hit games in three of his past four starts and producing an .840 OPS with four home runs this month. With good speed to his name, he looks like he could be a nice multi-category producer for years to come.
Albies went 3-for-4 with two steals and an RBI in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Mets. He was just about the only one who made any noise with the bat for the Braves, and Albies has now raised his rookie batting average to .281. His combination of pop, speed and contact already plays well in fantasy, and at only 20 years old, the talented second baseman has plenty of room to develop.