In the MLB, Ozzie Albies plays second base for the Atlanta Braves. He was born on January 7, 1997, and is of Curaçao descent (MLB). Albies joined the Braves organization in 2013 and debuted in Major League Baseball for them in 2017.
Albies made the Major League Baseball All-Star Team for the first time in his first complete season. Twice (2019 and 2021) he was named the National League’s second baseman of the year and awarded the Silver Slugger. He received the 2021 Heart & Hustle Award.
To aid their campaign for the NL East, the Atlanta Braves are receiving reinforcements. The Braves made the decision on Friday morning to bring back the second baseman Ozzie Albies off the 60-day injured list. Because of a broken left foot, Albies has been out of action since June 13. In a simultaneous move, utility player Ehire Adrianza was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a quad strain.
Albies broke his leg while attempting to leave the batter’s box, making the accident all the more peculiar. Unfortunately, surgical repair of the fracture was necessary. I’ll run you through the plot:
While Albies was injured, Orlando Arcia, Robinson Canó, and Phil Gosselin shared time at second base before the Braves called up top prospect Vaughn Grissom last month. Grissom has a.304/.355/.482 slash line with five home runs in 31 games, but the Atlanta second basemen as a whole have hit just.247/.313/.399 in 81 games sans Albies.
Albies, who will turn 26 in April, hit.244/.289/.405, with eight home runs in 62 games before he was injured. He has never been that good of a hitter, and he’ll be a huge improvement defensively. Albies hit.333 (9-for-27) in seven Triple-A rehab games, including a perfect 5-for-5 performance on Tuesday that included an infield single and a walk-off home run.
Ozzie Albies gets a warm welcome back in his first game since June pic.twitter.com/moYjCjLry6
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 16, 2022
Despite having only played second base in the majors to this point, with Albies’s return, Grissom is expected to assume a super-utility role. In the minors, the 21-year-old played both shortstop and third base, and there is talk that he may eventually go to one of the outfield corners. The Braves will find a way to utilize his bat nonetheless.
The Braves have a record of 88-55 going into Friday’s game, and their 65 wins since June 1 are first in the MLB. They are now 12 games ahead of the cutoff for playoff contention and only one game behind the New York Mets in the NL East. In the second-to-last series of the regular season, the Braves and Mets will play three games in Atlanta from September 30 to October 2.
Albies will be participating in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve. The 2021 Atlanta Braves became only the second team in Major League Baseball history to do so when Ozzie Albies hit his twenty-fifth home run of the season on September 4. In a career first, Albies hit his 30th home run and collected his 100th RBI on the same day (September 22).
He made history as the first second baseman in Braves’ history to achieve the feat of hitting 30 home runs and driving in 100 runs in a single season. On September 29, against the Philadelphia Phillies, Albies scored his 100th run of the season.
In 629 at-bats (2nd in the NL), he hit.259/.310/.488 with 103 runs (4th), 40 doubles (3rd), 7 triples (3rd), 30 home runs, 106 RBIs (3rd), and 128 strikeouts (1st). He had the highest strike zone contact percentage (83.4% of all MLB players) of any batter. He had the most assists (389) of any second baseman in the NL and the fourth-most errors (8) of any second baseman in the NL.
The 2021 World Series victory was the Braves’ first championship since 1995, capping after an 88-73 season in which they also won the NL East. A second Silver Slugger Award and a Heart and Hustle Award were presented to Albies after the 2021 season.
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