By: David Lee on February 23, 2015 - 1:54pm - Add new comment

The AJC's David O' Brien came through in the clutch with the first video of Melvin Upton Jr. this spring. Unfortunately, there's not much to see.

 

Based on the video of Upton's first spring cuts in the cage, the swing is basically the same one that he finished with in 2014. The stance remains open, the hands are away from the body and movement abounds throughout load and fire. He continues to leave his lower half in the box and isn't fully clearing.

 

By: David Lee on February 20, 2015 - 12:35am - Add new comment

Braves Spring Training Watch is a week-long series detailing storylines that fans should keep an eye on as the team trains in Florida. The Spring Training primer can be found here. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

By: David Lee on February 18, 2015 - 4:29pm - Add new comment

Braves Spring Training Watch is a week-long series detailing storylines that fans should keep an eye on as the team trains in Florida. The Spring Training primer can be found here. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

By: David Lee on February 17, 2015 - 3:44pm - Add new comment

Braves Spring Training Watch is a week-long series detailing storylines that fans should keep an eye on as the team trains in Florida. The Spring Training primer can be found here. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

By: David Lee on February 16, 2015 - 4:22pm - Add new comment

Braves Spring Training Watch is a week-long series detailing storylines that fans should keep an eye on as the team trains in Florida. The Spring Training primer can be found here. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

 

By: David Lee on February 15, 2015 - 5:51pm - Add new comment

Pitchers and catchers report Friday, and the full squad reports Feb. 25. The first team workout is Feb. 26 before the Braves open Spring Training against the Mets on March 4.

 

With Spring Training closing in, it's time to go through the roster and consider the storylines and what to watch from the Braves in Florida through March.

 

By: David Lee on February 15, 2015 - 3:23pm - Add new comment

The Braves off-season has been one of potentially franchise-altering trends.

 

The new front office quickly put a stamp on the organization by loading established scouting and player development departments. The scouting department had its voice heard quickly by rebuilding the farm system, turning it from a bottom-feeder to a top 10 system overnight.

 

By: David Lee on February 13, 2015 - 6:24pm - Add new comment

The Braves signed Eric Young Jr. to a minor league contract Friday with an invitation to Spring Training.

 

Young hit .229/.299/.311 with a 77 wRC+ and 30 stolen bases in 316 plate appearances and 100 games for the Mets last season. He owns a career .252/.320/.332 line and 77 wRC+ in parts of six seasons.

 

By: David Lee on February 12, 2015 - 1:14pm - Add new comment

Note: Jonathan Jahn's 92 mph fastball is on the 1-2 count in the video. If the video doesn't work above, click here.

 

Westside and Evans squared off in a scrimmage Wednesday night, allowing both teams to throw their full staffs to give coaches an idea of what a rotation might look like as the high school season begins next week.

 

By: David Lee on February 10, 2015 - 3:20pm - Add new comment

Name: Austin Allen
Position: Catcher
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 225
B/T: L/R
Team: Florida Tech
Class: Junior
Draft: Rounds 6-10 

 

Physical/health:

Big upper-body strength; big mass above waist; some pudge; lower-body strength a tick behind; strength stands out on field; body causes slower actions; slow feet; durable frame.

 

Hit tool: 4 potential

 
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