Braves Spring Training Notebook: March 12

Peterson, Acuna power Braves bats

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna watches after hitting a two-run homer during the first inning of a Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees on March 2, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

By Dan Reiner / Gwinnett Stripers | March 12, 2018 12:00 PM

Outfielders Dustin Peterson and Ronald Acuna Jr. stole the show at Atlanta Braves Spring Training this weekend with their performances at the plate, on the base paths and in the field.

Scores from a 2-1 weekend:

March 9-11

3/9: Braves 3, Yankees 1

3/10: Braves 15, Pirates 1

3/11: Tigers 6, Braves 3

Here's a look at notable performances from top Braves prospects and former Gwinnett players:

At the plate

Peterson was the star of the weekend as the 2017 Gwinnett player vies for a spot on Atlanta's roster. He went 2-for-4 Saturday, launching his first homer of the spring off Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams, and drove in four runs on the day. He also had an assist from right field, doubling up Josh Harrison at first base on a fly ball. He followed that performance with his second homer in as many days on Sunday, a two-run shot off Detroit's Victor Alcantara (Weekend totals: 2 games, 3-for-6, 2 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI, 2 SO).

Acuna impressed on Saturday, reaching base in all four plate appearances and stealing two bases (Weekend totals: 2 games, 2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2 SB).

On the opposite spectrum, newly-acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a walk over two games. He's now struck out in all seven of his Braves at-bats this spring, and is 0-for-21 overall.

On the mound

Reliever Josh Graham worked a scoreless ninth inning Friday, picking up the save. He's thrown 5.1 scoreless innings this spring (Weekend totals: 1.0 IP, 2 SO).

Luke Jackson went 1.0 inning with two strikeouts on Saturday (Totals: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More