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 each side of the plate Friday, taking Jamison 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.
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.
The young second baseman led off the contest with a bang, sending Dan Straily's second offering over the right field fence to give Atlanta an early lead. Albies is on an absolute tear right now, notching multi-hit games in three of his past four starts and producing an .840 OPS with four homers during the month of September. 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.
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