On Saturday, as the Atlanta Braves officially kicked off the Spring Training season, many former and future Stripers players made their first appearances of the 2019 campaign. The Braves began the spring with a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday and a 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Here's a look at how some former and potential future Gwinnett Stripers fared:
Austin Riley, who hit .282 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 75 games with Gwinnett last season, got the start at third base Saturday, batting fourth. The 21-year-old went 0-for-2 but drew a walk. Highly touted outfield prospect Cristian Pache made his spring debut and finished the day 1-for-2. Catching prospect Alex Jackson had the first hit of the game for the Braves and scored a run (totals: 1 game, 1-for-2, 1 R).
Touki Toussaint started Saturday's game on the mound for the Braves, tossing two innings in a no-decision (totals: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO). Kolby Allard, who earned Gwinnett's 2018 Pitcher of the Year award, picked up the loss after allowing an unearned run over two innings (totals: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO). Relief pitcher Chad Sobotka threw one inning without allowing a baserunner and added a strikeout (totals: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO).
On Sunday, two potential 2019 Stripers factored into the offense for Atlanta. Veteran shortstop Pedro Florimon went 1-for-2 and hit the first home run of the spring for the Braves. His homer came in the fifth inning off Corbin Martin (totals: 1 game, 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R). Outfielder Ryan LaMarre started the game in center field and singled to finish the day 1-for-2.
Corbin Clouse, who posted a 2.25 ERA in seven appearances with the Stripers in 2018, tossed two-thirds of an inning without giving up a run in relief (totals: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO). Pitching prospect Kyle Muller worked a perfect inning while striking out two (totals: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO).
The Braves continue Grapefruit League play today hosting the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. Rotation candidate Max Fried is expected to start for the Braves. Left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin is expected to pitch for the Nationals.
Feb. 26: Vs. New York Mets, 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 27: At St. Louis Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.
Feb. 28: Vs. Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.
March 1: Vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.
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