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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Kazmir, other Braves pitchers struggle with control in loss to Nats
 After missing the entire 2017 season due to injuries, former All-Star pitcher Scott Kazmir felt a bit like a nervous rookie Sunday in his first appearance for the Braves. It showed. Kazmir walked the first two batters in a start against the Nationals and hit the fourth. He managed to work out of the first inning unscathed by inducing a double-play...

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After missing the entire 2017 season due to injuries, former All-Star pitcher Scott Kazmir felt a bit like a nervous rookie Sunday in his first appearance for the Braves. It showed. Kazmir walked the first two batters in a start against the Nationals and hit the fourth. He managed to work out of the first inning unscathed by inducing a double-play...
Power-hitting prospects Riley, Jackson make big strides defensively
 Not long ago there were questions whether third baseman Austin Riley and catcher Alex Jackson, the Braves’ top power-hitting prospects not named Ronald Acuna, were good enough defensively to eventually play those positions in the majors. But Riley over the past two years, and Jackson since the Braves got him in a November 2016 trade...

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Not long ago there were questions whether third baseman Austin Riley and catcher Alex Jackson, the Braves’ top power-hitting prospects not named Ronald Acuna, were good enough defensively to eventually play those positions in the majors. But Riley over the past two years, and Jackson since the Braves got him in a November 2016 trade...
Dansby delivers first Braves homer of spring
 Dansby  Swanson hit the first Braves home run of the Grapefruit League season Sunday and did it off one of baseball’s best pitchers. Swanson hit a towering bases-empty homer off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with one out in the first inning Sunday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the third game of the spring for the Braves and second...

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Dansby Swanson hit the first Braves home run of the Grapefruit League season Sunday and did it off one of baseball’s best pitchers. Swanson hit a towering bases-empty homer off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with one out in the first inning Sunday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the third game of the spring for the Braves and second...
Braves prospect Pache doing extra work daily to increase power
 Look at Cristian Pache’s wiry 6-foot-2 frame and .290 batting average. It’s hard to believe the elite Braves outfield prospect has a puny .358 slugging percentage and no home runs in 750 career plate appearances in the minor leagues. Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer thought the same thing when he examined Pache’s statistics...

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Look at Cristian Pache’s wiry 6-foot-2 frame and .290 batting average. It’s hard to believe the elite Braves outfield prospect has a puny .358 slugging percentage and no home runs in 750 career plate appearances in the minor leagues. Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer thought the same thing when he examined Pache’s statistics...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Swanson hits Braves’ first homer of spring
 Dansby Swanson hit the first Braves home run of the Grapefruit League season Sunday and did it off one of baseball’s best pitchers. Swanson hit a towering bases-empty homer off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with one out in the first inning Sunday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the third game of the spring for the Braves and second...

Posted: a day ago

Dansby Swanson hit the first Braves home run of the Grapefruit League season Sunday and did it off one of baseball’s best pitchers. Swanson hit a towering bases-empty homer off Nationals ace Max Scherzer with one out in the first inning Sunday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the third game of the spring for the Braves and second...
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...

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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...

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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...