The Atlanta Braves had a very active off-season retooling the roster with a mixture of youngsters and veterans. One of the youngsters making a name for himself is second baseman Jace Peterson; he was one of the key pieces the team was able to acquire in the Justin Upton deal this off-season. Peterson was not the plan coming into spring training, but he has forced his way into the starting lineup to stay for many years to come!
He has been the leadoff hitter we have been searching for since Michael Bourn left following the 2012 season. Peterson has done an amazing job setting up the rest of the lineup. He is hitting a solid .285 with two homers, 27 RBIs and a .356 on-base percentage. Showing he is the full package on the offense of side of the ball doing whatever it takes to help win ball games! He and Cameron Maybin have become a dynamic duo at the top of the lineup and the great thing about it is they are both very young and should be in a Braves uniform for a long time.
Peterson has shown defensive prowess as well, making sparkling run saving catches. A surprising stat associated with Peterson’s defense is the fact that he is ranked second among MLB second baseman in defensive runs saved! I think Andrelten Simmons has rubbed off on him and as Braves fans, we are spoiled with the best infield defense in baseball in my opinion! Peterson also has a little bit of speed as the cherry on top of an awesome athlete. A great find by John Hart, President of Baseball Operations.
This team has been amazing on the offensive side of the ball and it all starts at the top of the lineup. Peterson is playing like a grizzled veteran, not a guy that is just getting his feet wet in his major league career! He has also shown he can be clutch late in ballgames this kid does it all! He has been amazing to watch and the sky’s the limit for this kid! I can’t wait to see what he can do the rest of the season, helping the Braves win ball games! We are right in the thick of the division race!!