It is not often that rookies in professional sports come in and have an immediate positive impact on their team’s success and it is also rare that they are contributing consistently. Well the Atlanta Braves may be one of the most fortunate teams is professional sports when it comes to rookies coming in and holding their own on the big stage as Spencer Strider, Michael Harris II and Vaugn Grissom, all called up from the Braves’ farm system, are making history with their performances.
Since stepping on the mound in the Majors, Strider has been one of Atlanta’s best arms in the rotation with a 6-4 record and 3.11 ERA along with 138 strikeouts, which is tied for 15th among strikeout leaders.
Harris, who was brought up in May, has batted .293 with 12 home runs, 38 RBI’s and 12 stolen bases. Meanwhile, Grissom, just called up last week and made his majors debut on August 10, is batting .429 with two home runs and four RBI’s in his 18 bat appearances.
With these types of performances from rookies, one would think that most credit, if not all would have to go to the Braves’ scouting and development department for developing a solid farm system for the team that has allowed them to count on their young players. “You need scouting development.
You can’t just throw money at players, you need homegrown guys,” Audacy MLB Insider, Bob Nightengale told Jon Chuckery on Monday as the two discussed the latest installment of the Braves and Mets series which began on Monday.
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