David O'Brien

Atlanta Braves beat writer

David O'Brien has covered the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002, and previously covered the Marlins for the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Follow David O’Brien on Twitter DailyDOB AJC Atlanta Braves Blog

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Braves’ Soroka, Wright amped early, but settle in during spring debuts
 Two of the Braves’ top three pitching prospects made their spring-training debuts Saturday, and both Mike Soroka and Kyle Wright came away pleased overall with their performances, despite admittedly feeling some initial nervousness. That was understandable considering it was the first Grapefruit League game for either, and it came against...

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Two of the Braves’ top three pitching prospects made their spring-training debuts Saturday, and both Mike Soroka and Kyle Wright came away pleased overall with their performances, despite admittedly feeling some initial nervousness. That was understandable considering it was the first Grapefruit League game for either, and it came against...
Braves see this as important spring and year for Swanson
 Dansby Swanson was the first pick of the June draft less than three years ago, had his picture on billboards and other Braves advertising after just two months in the majors, and had a bobblehead doll featuring his famous “flow” (hair) in his first full season in the majors. So while a year ago no one would’ve anticipated...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Dansby Swanson was the first pick of the June draft less than three years ago, had his picture on billboards and other Braves advertising after just two months in the majors, and had a bobblehead doll featuring his famous “flow” (hair) in his first full season in the majors. So while a year ago no one would’ve anticipated...
Acuna shows off considerable power during Saturday batting practice
 Before Ronald Acuna made his much-anticipated spring debut Saturday against the Astros, the Braves’ 20-year-old phenom demonstrated one of the five tools that’s helped make him the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball. Power hitting. Acuna went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during the 6-1 loss to the Astros at The Ballpark of the...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Before Ronald Acuna made his much-anticipated spring debut Saturday against the Astros, the Braves’ 20-year-old phenom demonstrated one of the five tools that’s helped make him the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball. Power hitting. Acuna went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during the 6-1 loss to the Astros at The Ballpark of the...
Gohara at least a week behind, but Braves won’t need 5th starter early
 Luiz Gohara’s strained groin already has put the hefty left-hander at least a week behind other Braves pitchers, and it’s uncertain when the rookie will make his spring-training debut. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that the Braves plan to start Julio Teheran on Monday against the Nationals, Mike Foltynewicz on Tuesday against...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Luiz Gohara’s strained groin already has put the hefty left-hander at least a week behind other Braves pitchers, and it’s uncertain when the rookie will make his spring-training debut. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that the Braves plan to start Julio Teheran on Monday against the Nationals, Mike Foltynewicz on Tuesday against...
Braves drop spring opener to Mets
 Six Braves pitchers threw a two-hit shutout and had a 2-0 lead in their Grapefruit League opener Friday against the Mets ... until the eighth inning. That’s when, as manager Brian Snitker aptly put it, “Spring training broke out.” Miguel Socolovich’s bid for a bullpen job got off to a rocky start when he was charged...

Posted: a day ago

Six Braves pitchers threw a two-hit shutout and had a 2-0 lead in their Grapefruit League opener Friday against the Mets ... until the eighth inning. That’s when, as manager Brian Snitker aptly put it, “Spring training broke out.” Miguel Socolovich’s bid for a bullpen job got off to a rocky start when he was charged...
Braves pitchers impressive until sloppy eighth inning of loss to Mets
 Six Braves pitchers threw a two-hit shutout and had a 2-0 lead in their Grapefruit League opener Friday against the Mets ... until the eighth inning. That’s when, as manager Brian Snitker aptly put it, “Spring training broke out.” Miguel Socolovich’s bid for a bullpen job got off to a rocky start when he was charged...

Posted: a day ago

Six Braves pitchers threw a two-hit shutout and had a 2-0 lead in their Grapefruit League opener Friday against the Mets ... until the eighth inning. That’s when, as manager Brian Snitker aptly put it, “Spring training broke out.” Miguel Socolovich’s bid for a bullpen job got off to a rocky start when he was charged...
Braves, Mets wear Stoneman Douglas caps in Grapefruit League opener
 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Braves and Mets players wore the navy and red caps of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s baseball team during a Grapefruit League opener Friday at Port St. Lucie.   The gesture was made by all major league teams to support students of school and community in Parkland, Fla., after a mass shooting...

Posted: a day ago

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Braves and Mets players wore the navy and red caps of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s baseball team during a Grapefruit League opener Friday at Port St. Lucie.   The gesture was made by all major league teams to support students of school and community in Parkland, Fla., after a mass shooting...
Some say Pache is best defensive outfielder in Braves system
 Would you believe center fielder Ender Inciarte might not be the best defensive outfielder in the Braves organization? And would you believe the kid who some say is better than Inciarte defensively isn’t Ronald Acuna? The Braves have a two-time Gold Glove winner in Inciarte and a consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball in Acuna, who&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Would you believe center fielder Ender Inciarte might not be the best defensive outfielder in the Braves organization? And would you believe the kid who some say is better than Inciarte defensively isn’t Ronald Acuna? The Braves have a two-time Gold Glove winner in Inciarte and a consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball in Acuna, who&rsquo...
Gohara slowed early by groin tightness
 Braves starting pitcher Luiz Gohara has been slowed by groin tightness in the first week of spring training. The rookie left-hander is competing for one of two openings in the starting rotation and had been widely considered the favorite for one of those spots entering spring training, after totaling 25 strikeouts with four walks in 25 1/3...

Posted: a day ago

Braves starting pitcher Luiz Gohara has been slowed by groin tightness in the first week of spring training. The rookie left-hander is competing for one of two openings in the starting rotation and had been widely considered the favorite for one of those spots entering spring training, after totaling 25 strikeouts with four walks in 25 1/3...
Acuna to make eagerly awaited spring debut Saturday
 Ronald Acuna played in 13 Grapefruit League games last year, but his 2018 spring debut and every other game he plays will be much more highly anticipated and dissected by Braves fans and media than a year ago. That’s because now he’s pretty much viewed as the savior, or at least the Next Great Brave. Acuna, who turned only 20...

Posted: a day ago

Ronald Acuna played in 13 Grapefruit League games last year, but his 2018 spring debut and every other game he plays will be much more highly anticipated and dissected by Braves fans and media than a year ago. That’s because now he’s pretty much viewed as the savior, or at least the Next Great Brave. Acuna, who turned only 20...
How much stock should you put into Braves’ spring games? Listen
 After three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses, the Braves are aiming for more in the fourth year of their rebuilding project and there is legitimate reason for optimism.  Tune in to the second episode of the “Truth, Lies and Sacrifice Flies” Braves podcast to hear why you should never put too much stock in what...

Posted: a day ago

After three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses, the Braves are aiming for more in the fourth year of their rebuilding project and there is legitimate reason for optimism.  Tune in to the second episode of the “Truth, Lies and Sacrifice Flies” Braves podcast to hear why you should never put too much stock in what...