Albies sparks G-Braves, reaches five times

No. 7 overall prospect goes yard, collects season-high three hits

Ozzie Albies ranks among the International League leaders in stolen bases, runs scored and triples. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Alex Kraft / MiLB.com | May 16, 2017 9:25 PM ET

Ozzie Albies crushed the second pitch he saw on Tuesday and never looked back.

MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect went 3-for-3 with a homer, two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored to spark Triple-A Gwinnett to a 5-0 blanking of Norfolk at Harbor Park.

Albies led off the game with a homer off Tides starter Mike Wright. The 20-year-old blasted a 1-0 pitch into the bullpen in right field for his second long ball of the month after going homerless in April.


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After drawing a walk in the third, the Braves' top prospect set up his team's second run by reaching on a bunt single and stealing second before Lane Adams delivered an RBI single. Albies walked again in the seventh, then ripped a run-scoring single to left in the ninth for his season-high third hit of the game.

"Albies kind of wrecked us today," Wright told The Virginian-Pilot. "He was hitting some really good pitches, taking some really good pitches. Hats off to him because I felt really good, especially with my at-bats towards him."

Video: Gwinnett's Albies leads off game with second homer

Albies has begun to heat up in nearly every facet of the game over the last week. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound infielder is 8-for-19 during a five-game hitting streak that's bumped his average up to .268. He's stolen a base in four straight contests to take the International League lead with 13 and cracked his third extra-base hit in three days on Tuesday after accumulating two in a 14-game stretch from April 28-May 12.

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"He's going to be a really good player," Tides manager Ron Johnson told the newspaper. "You look at him, and his playing ability doesn't fit his body. He's got a great big old bat up there and he's got power. I like him because he's trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark."

Braves starter Aaron Blair (2-2) gave up two hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings. David Peterson recorded the final four outs, fanning two, to notch his fifth save.

Wright (2-4) was charged with two runs on five hits and four walks over seven frames, striking out six.

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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