The Atlanta Braves report to spring training in less than 2 weeks and with so many moving parts this off-season it will be interesting to see how the entire team looks while gearing up for the 2015 season, but one position everyone will have their eyes on is second base.
This position has been a revolving door of disappointments whether because of performance reasons or injury. In 2015 they are looking to have more stability and with the signing of Alberto Callaspo they have done that. He is a versatile veteran who can mentor the young guys they have coming up through their system. He is also a great contact hitter that will give you a good at-bat every time he steps into the box. Although he is not the long-term solution he will be a great stopgap for the young guns coming up.
Top prospect Jose Peraza is expected to get his feet wet at sometime in the 2015, he has been in the system since 2011. He is not much of a power threat with only 5 homers in his career but he does have a .306 career batting average showing he is a good contact hitter and he has a little bit of speed as well with 177 stolen bases. His defense is the thing that needs work, but I am sure working with Andrelton Simmons will help that weakness in his game. Peraza and Simmons look to be the Braves infield duo for many years to come.
Lastly Phil Gosselin is another option at the position and likely the backup to Alberto Callaspo until Peraza is deemed ready for the big leagues. Gosselin spit time with Tommy LA Stella in 2014 and he proved to be serviceable, hitting .266 in 46 games. He was also an asset of off the bench providing a speed option late in games. Gosselin’s role will increase in 2015 and with more at-bats he should be more productive and again an impact player off the bench.
2nd base will be one of the intriguing positions to watch with a mix of veteran players and young guys ready to prove themselves. Peraza will have the most eyes on him in spring training, as he has been a top prospect in the Atlanta Braves farm system since he started in 2011. It will be fun to see how he fairs and how the Braves do as a whole at that position, considering it has been a struggle to find any answer at 2nd base over the past couple of seasons.