March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Justin Upton (8), right fielder Jason Heyward (22) and center fielder B.J. Upton (2) talk prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Power Up In Florida

 

The Atlanta Braves are now 10 games into the 2013 spring training season and are already showing signs of what we’ve predicted all offseason – the strikeouts will be there but the Braves should be going yard often.

What we’ve seen already is the Braves ranking up the K’s, having a team total 68 times walking back to the dugout.  Dan Uggla has been a major contributor of the strikeout total with 11 to himself.  The total shouldn’t raise to many eyebrows as it’s still early in the spring games and usually the k’s are up this time of year.

March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

What is nice to see has been the power surge Atlanta’s been having.  The team has totaled 14 home runs through the first 10 games of the year.  Jason Heyward is leading the team with three home runs.  On Sunday, versus the Detroit Tigers, the Braves hit three balls over the fences in Kissimmee.

After having a struggling start (.111 batting average and zero home runs) Uggla connected with a pitch for his first home run of the season.  Hopefully this can jump start some confidence for Dan moving forward.

Tyler Pastornicky has been quietly putting together a nice start to the spring training season.  He is supporting a .375/.412/.750 line and on Sunday hit his second home run of the year.  He is showing signs that he wants to be at the MLB level offensively as well as on the field where he’s already spent time at SS, 2B and the outfield to become a more utility player.

The third home run against the Tigers came off the bat of an Upton brother.  B.J. Upton shot his first home run of the season to the grassy area at Champion Stadium.  He’s been on fire in the opening games with a .368 batting average.

The Braves take on the New York Mets at 1:05pm ET on Monday with probable starters Tim Hudson and Jeremy Hefner on MLB Network!

 

 

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