What To Expect From The Dutchies This Year: Ozhaino Albies
With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous years.
Ozhaino Albies was signed by the Braves in 2013. In February 2014 he was assigned to the DSL Braves but at the end of May he was promoted to the Gulf Coast League. A bit more than a month later, he was sent up to Danville of the Appalachian League (A Short Season).
Last year Ozhaino was added to the Braves’ roster to give him the opportunity to attend Spring Training. After ST he was sent to the Rome Braves. (A Full Season South Atlantic League). Because of his slick fielding, Albies was named best shortstop of the Sally League.
For a long time Albies was considered the top prospect of the Braves but he has been taken over by shortsop Dansby Swanson. Nevertheless Ozhaino is still one of the Braves best prospects. According to manager Fredi Gonzalez, Swanson and Albies will play in today’s ST game vs the Orioles. It is expected that Albies will play as second bagger and Swanson will be the shortstop. It is rather exciting to see the future double play tandem of the Braves playing together.