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Albies looking good at the plate


The Braves have 10 active players in camp with less than one year of service time, including their top two prospects, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies, ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, by Baseball America.

Last season, the Braves used 22 rookies (15 pitchers and seven hitters), which for the second year in a row tied their highest total in franchise history.

Albies is a significant part of the Braves’ future and didn’t disappoint in Friday’s game against the Astros. In two at-bats, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound second baseman singled, walked, stole a base and was flawless in the field. In seven spring training games, he is hitting .364.

Another highly touted prospect, third baseman Rio Ruiz, may be playing for Triple-A Gwinnett come April, but he seems destined for future promotion to the parent club. The 22-year-old California native saw only limited action for the Braves last season — seven at-bats in five games. But Friday, Ruiz banged out two hits and drove in two runs in the 5-4 loss to Houston.

“Albies looked good and Ruiz looked good,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We are expecting big things for them, and so far so good.”



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