The Atlanta Braves – after scoring a National League-record 29 runs on Wednesday – feature Dansby Swanson, a former Vanderbilt star who broke into the majors in 2016.
Another former first-round pick is Trea Turner, drafted out of North Carolina State by the San Diego Padres before making his debut with Washington in 2015.
“Trea is like Dansby; these guys are going to continue to get better with experience,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker told Federal Baseball on Thursday.
“Both of these guys, are two very talented young men.”
“Trea Turner is an exciting player. He is just going to continue to get better with experience in the league,” Snitker added.
“You are talking about talented young men who have tremendous upside.”
Turner is hitting .359 with nine homers, six steals and 25 RBI and has a WAR of 2.0 this season.
Also a right-handed hitter, Swanson is batting .306 with six homers and 24 RBI and a WAR rating of 2.2.
The Braves are in the midst of their last road trip of the year: 10 games over 11 days slated to begin Thursday night here in D.C.
Atlanta begins a series Monday in Baltimore and then plays next weekend at the New York Mets.
So does it feel normal to be coming down the stretch?
“Way too different. It has never felt normal from the get-go,” Snitker said of the 2020 season. “The road trips are not easy. We are on an 11-day one now.”
The Braves arrived early Thursday morning after a long game Wednesday night in Atlanta and the 29-9 win over the Marlins.
“It seems like we are not getting in early anytime,” Snitker said. “Everyone got plenty of rest. We should be ready to go today. I hope so. The offense is really, really good. The mound is where things are going to happen, good or bad.”
Before the game, the Braves put veteran lefty starter Tommy Milone on the IL with elbow problems. He made his MLB debut with the Nationals and began this season with the Orioles.
“I hate it for him,” Snitker said. “A pro – easy guy to like and pull for.”