Albies, Ronald Acuna and Charlie Culberson were able to take at-bats against live pitching this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The trio of hitters joined Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb at a high school in the Atlanta area for some more intense reps than the players had been getting in their respective batting cages and bullpen sessions, as each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates. Albies and the other Atlanta hitters appeared to be more than ready for a second training camp, and hopefully a regular season, to begin.
Albies has continued to fine tune his swing mechanics while the season is suspended, particularly from the left side, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The young switch hitter has been better from the right side in his big-league career to date, but Albies showed improvement from the left side of the plate in 2019, boosting his OPS from .696 to .778 as he made an effort to pull the ball less often. As Bowman notes, Albies is one of only three switch hitters in major-league history to hit .275 or better with 50 or more homers and an OPS of .800 or better through his age-22 season, joining Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray.
Albies slashed .303/.324/.364 through 33 plate appearances to begin the spring.
The 23-year-old is locked in as Atlanta's starting second baseman, and Albies should hold down a spot towards the top of the batting order as well. He was still looking for his first spring homer or steal when Grapefruit League play was put on pause, but after amassing 48 long balls and 29 steals over the last two seasons, he has little to prove in camp.
Albies went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.
He took Kansas City closer Ian Kennedy deep in the ninth inning for his 24th homer of the year, tying the career high he established last year. Albies is slashing .364/.405/.662 through 20 games in September, and the heater has the 22-year-old on the brink of hitting .300 for the season.
Albies is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Albies has been on fire of late, but with the Braves clinching the division title Friday, manager Brian Snitker is giving his regulars a chance to rest up in advance of the postseason. Albies will get a two-day break heading into a team off day. Adeiny Hechavarria will start at second base Sunday for the second day in a row.
Albies may be out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Albies was held out of the lineup Saturday and may miss Sunday's action as well. The Braves appear content to sit their stars now that they've clinched the NL East, so Albies may rest several more times before the close of the season.
Albies is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.
Albies is one of several regulars getting the day off after the Braves clinched the NL East with a win Friday. Adeiny Hechavarria will replace Albies at second base and in the two hole in the batting order against right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Albies went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk during a 5-0 victory against the Nationals on Friday.
The second baseman remains five steals away from a 20/20 season, but he has gone deep four times in his last eight games, including each of the past two contests. He needs two more long balls to tie his mark in the category from last year, but Albies has already matched his total of 70 extra-bases. He is batting .293 with 23 home runs, 79 RBI, 95 runs and 15 steals in 593 at-bats this year.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
Albies cracked open the scoring with a two-run homer off Drew Smyly in the first inning. He also doubled in the seventh and walked in the fifth. The 22-year-old second baseman now has 22 home runs on the season while batting .290/.349/.494.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.
He's now the third member of the Atlanta infield to reach 20 homers this season. Albies hadn't gone deep since Aug. 24, but he's been plenty productive lately, slashing .361/.477/.611 over his last 10 games with six doubles, five RBI, 10 runs, two steals and an 8:6 BB:K in addition to Friday's home run.
Albies went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in Friday's 10-7 win over the White Sox.
The second baseman has been having a rough month. This was Albies' first multi-hit performance since Aug. 10, and he slashed just .138/.222/.246 in 16 games between those efforts. Given how streaky he is -- he slashed .403/.442/.750 in the 16 games prior to his slump -- Friday's breakout could be a sign Albies is gearing up for a big September, however.
Albies went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 9-5 win over the Mets.
The 22-year-old hadn't gone deep since Aug. 9, and Albies hit only .160 (8-for-50) during his 12-game power outage. On the year, the second baseman is slashing .287/.342/.486 with 19 homers, 13 steals, 69 RBI and 81 runs through 130 games.
Albies went 4-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 8-4 win over the Marlins.
While teammate Ronald Acuna has been one of the hottest hitters in the majors recently, Albies has been matching him nearly blow for blow. The 22-year-old infielder has three four-hit performances in his last four games and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11, slashing .451/.472/.824 over that stretch with three homers, three steals, seven RBI and 14 runs.
Albies went 4-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs and three runs overall in an 11-7 victory against the Twins on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old loved hitting at Target Field this week. In the final two contests of the three-game set, Albies went 8-for-11 with two homers, a triple and four RBI. The tremendous two-day hot streak raised his average 11 points, and he has a chance to set career bests in home runs and RBI. Albies is batting .296 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 75 runs and 11 steals in 460 at-bats this season.
Albies went 4-for-6 with a triple, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's 12-7 win over the Twins.
The 22-year-old is now slashing .364/.404/.545 over his last 10 games with three steals, four RBI and nine runs. Albies is thriving in the two hole between Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman, giving Atlanta arguably the most dangerous top of the order in all of baseball -- the trio combined for 10 hits, nine runs, eight RBI, two homers and two steals in Tuesday's slugfest.
Albies went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, two runs scored and two stolen bases in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Reds.
The 22-year-old has been on fire at the plate lately, slashing .320/.382/.540 over his last 12 games, but Saturday's steals were the first for Albies during that stretch. He's now 10-for-12 on the basepaths overall this season, and hitting second behind an aggressive leadoff hitter like Ronald Acuna -- who's been running up a storm since the All-Star break -- could be rubbing off on Albies.
Albies went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two runs Tuesday in the Braves' 11-8 win over the Nationals.
Albies has looked good since replacing the injured Dansby Swanson (foot) as the Braves' No. 2 hitter a week ago. Through six games in that spot in the lineup, Albies has gone 7-for-26 with five extra-base hits (four doubles, one home run) and three walks. He'll start at second base and hit second again Wednesday in the series finale.
Albies went 1-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's 15-7 win over the Phillies.
The Braves were already leading 7-1 when Albies came to the plate with the bases juiced in the third inning, but he essentially put the game to bed with the grand slam. The 22-year-old is off to a slow start in the second half with a .237/.274/.390 slash line through 14 games.
Albies went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk Friday night against Philadelphia.
Albies joined the hit parade in the fifth inning, driving an RBI double to right field. He would later tack on an insurance run in the sixth by walking with the bases loaded. Albies is hitting .284 with 14 homers and 53 RBI through 103 contests this year.
Albies went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday's win over the Brewers.
The 22-year-old has been raking in July, delivering six multi-hit performances in 10 games to fuel a .395/.425/.632 slash line. Albies' fantasy value may seem vaguely disappointing due to his lack of activity on the basepaths -- he's just 7-for-9 on steal attempts this year despite plus speed -- but his .293 batting average, 14 homers, 50 RBI and 58 runs on the year give him a strong foundation in most formats.
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