To begin the 2018 season, Ozzie Albies was the Braves’ best power hitter, much to the surprise of those who followed his minor league career. But as the season wore on, Albies wore down, and his power diminished while his aggressive approach limited his walk total. In an interview with Braves beat writer Mark Bowman, Albies says that he hopes to carry a more patient approach into the 2019 season.
Fatigue and the switch-hitter’s mechanics from the left side influenced the second-half slide. More important, Albies recognizes opposing pitchers took advantage of his aggressive approach with effective adjustments.
”It was on me,” Albies said. “I had to make my adjustments to get back on track. I felt like I wasn’t as consistent as I was in the first half. I’m going to try to do it over 162 [games] this year.”
Austin Riley comes in as the third-ranked MLB Pipeline third base prospect, just behind Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Nick Senzel.
Highest Riser: Riley
Everyone on this list came in with some prospect stock, but Riley has moved the most, especially considering many teams liked him as a pitcher coming out of high school in 2015. Then there were those who doubted he’d hit enough to tap into his considerable raw power. He debuted on the Braves’ Top 30 at No. 20 post-Draft and initially moved up and down that list before cracking the Top 10 3B list in 2017.