How many Braves are there on the current roster that could make it to the Hall of Fame?
With Chipper getting into the hall of fame this year, and all the hype that was around Maddox, Glavin, Smoltz, and Cox getting in, it made me wonder who from this Braves team could get in? 2050 seems like a long ways away, but it’s really not if you think about it. You have to be retired at least 5 years to be eligible so that means you have to retire by 2045. For guys like Acuña, Albies, and Soroka, that gives them 20-25 more years to have a great career and to show what they got.
I am going to highlight a few Braves from the current roster who I think will be Hall of Famers by the end of their career.
But before I begin, I would like to start off by saying that I firmly believe Dale Murphy will also make the Hall of Fame within the next 10 years, he is as well deserving as anyone with the numbers he put up without steroids.
(Outfield Fly Rule)
This one almost seems kind a no-brainer. Not even 9 years into the league, Freeman has over 1,200 hits and 268 doubles. He also has 183 homers with 652 RBI’s. Since coming into the league he has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball, and he really took over as the face of the franchise for Chipper Jones. With the exception of 2017, he’s always been on the field and never really battled injuries too. As of now he has a .499 SLG% and a .877 OPS. He has been a NL MVP candidate a few times and I believe he still has a few Gold Gloves yet to come.
It appears that Freeman wants to be here for his whole career, especially now that we are close to contending again. When it’s all said and done he very well could be the best 1st baseman in Braves history.
(La Vida Baseball)
Yes we are only in Albie’s second season but this kid is a future superstar, if he’s not already. Through 155 career games he has 26 homers, 84 RBIs, and 39 doubles while hitting .283. In his 97 games in 2018 alone he has 20 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 30 doubles. All those rank among the tops of the NL. The 5’8, 165 pound 2nd basemen is swinging with a .492 SLG% as well for his career.
At only 21 years old, he is one of the most exciting guys to watch whether he is batting, taking the field, or running the bases. He is so quick at everything he does. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win 3-5 Gold Gloves, lead the league in steals, and win a batting title once or twice.
Ronald Acuña Jr.
The former overall number one prospect in the MLB has now played 51 career games. When you watch this kid play, how can you not see superstar potential. So far this season he has 9 home runs, 24 RBIs and is batting .256 with a .785 OPS. He does have 14 doubles thanks to his speedy base running, and his eye at the plate has been good with 17 walks so far. One of the reasons why he has so much potential is because of the work he does in the field with his speed and diving plays.
At only 20 years old, you can see parts of his game that need to improve both physically and mentally, but he’s one of the best players in the game right now under 22 years old. He has battled a couple injuries in his rookie season, but assuming he stays healthy, there’s no telling what this kid will do on the bases and in the field. He could go down as one of the best and more favorite outfielders in Braves history with Andruw Jones.
Soroka has now pitched in 5 games for Atlanta since getting called up in 2018, starting all 5 of them. He has posed a 2-1 record with a 3.51 ERA. In those 5 games he has gone 25.2 innings, giving up 30 hits and 10 earned runs. That is only an average of 6 hits and 2 runs per game for the young 20 year old. He also has 21 strikeouts in those 5 starts.
Soroka was put on the 10 day DL earlier this season, then once he came back he was then placed on the 60-day DL due to his shoulder injury. Being only 20 years old, Atlanta wants to be cautious with it and make sure it doesn’t get worse.
He has had two very notable games this season. The first one was his debut on May 1st where he went 6 innings against the Mets giving up 6 hits and 1 run. Then again on June 13th against the Mets where he gave up 1 hit and 0 runs. Soroka has star potential and we’ve already seen it in 5 career games for him. He looks to be a future ace or No. 2 pitcher on this Braves team.
The man, the myth, the legend….oh boy what almost was!! Last night Newcomb took a no hitter into the 9th inning only to lose it on a single through 8.2 innings. It would have been the first no-hitter ever at SunTrust Park and the first for Atlanta since 1994. All of Braves Country was on their feet in support of Sean Newcomb after the best outing of his career. He went 8.2 innings giving up 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 unearned run.
In 2017 he went 4-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 games, that has improved so far in his second season with a 10-5 record to go with a 3.32 ERA through 21 games. Through his first 40 career games he now hosts a 14-14 record with a 3.73 ERA in 219.2 innings. That’s a really good stat line for a 25 year old pitcher on a rebuilding team. He also has a nice 218 strikeouts in his first two seasons.
Like Soroka, Newcomb looks to be the future of this Braves team and could be the future Ace or #2 pitcher. He has shown a lot of potential and I’m sure there’s a lot more we haven’t seen yet.
Honorable Mention: Nick Markakis (I think he might go in, but if he does it would be as a Baltimore Oriole)
With the Kolby Allard making his debut this Tuesday, and with Pache, Wright, Anderson, and Riley still yet to make their debut, we could be looking at more future stars and potentially future Hall of Famers in the Braves organization!
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