Fresh off a World Series championship and their fourth straight division title, the Atlanta Braves are already a well-accomplished ball club. Most teams that have accomplished such feats have pushed their chips into the center of the table to make a run. Instead, this core may have only begun to scratch the surface of what it could inevitably grow into. Taking into consideration how young the core itself is, the thought may not be as crazy as it seems.
Atlanta Braves insider Joe Patrick joined the Midday Show to discuss the team's surging play, but also how the best may still be yet to come.
"Austin Riley, Acuña, Harris, Contreras, (Swanson, and Albies)," Chris Goforth started. "Is it not out of the question to say that these guys aren't just the right now, but the next five, six, or seven years?"
This group of players that Chris identified come in at 25, 24, 21, 24, 25, and 28 years old, respectively. Of these players, Dansby Swanson is the only player that is approaching his first major contract.
"You throw the word around, but it's a dynasty-type situation if they can keep this core group together," Joe Patrick said. "And then (Goforth) didn't even factor in the pitchers!"
In that group, there is Max Fried (28), Kyle Wright (26), Ian Anderson (24), and Spencer Strider (23). This group represents four of the five members of a starting rotation that ranks fourth in the Majors in strikeouts. In addition to the guys flourishing on the mound right now, when Mike Soroka comes back to the rotation he will have only just turned 25.
The Braves will make it a point to keep this group together as long as they possibly can. The talent is readily apparent, but there is the additional benefit that these guys develop added chemistry as a result of developing together in the same system.
This is an illustration of the patience that the front office has shown the organization by not throwing away prospects for veteran players. The Atlanta Braves are right in the thick of the pennant race yet again with the same core group trying to defend their title. Yet even still, with how young this group is, the best may still yet be to come.