Who are some of the top prospects invited to Major League camp?
Starting pitcher AJ Smith-Shawver, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization’s top prospect, rose to the Majors last year and showed how valuable his strong right arm could be for many years to come. This year’s prospect fascination will center on No. 2 prospect Hurston Waldrep, the Braves’ 2023 first-round Draft pick. The right-hander is less than a full calendar year removed from helping the University of Florida reach the College World Series finals. But there’s a chance he, too, could join Atlanta’s rotation at some point this year.
When is the Braves’ first Grapefruit League game?
The Braves will open the Grapefruit League schedule at 1:05 p.m. on Feb. 24, with what is essentially a cross-town matchup against the Rays in Port Charlotte, which is adjacent to Englewood, the quiet beach town where some of the Braves have stayed during Spring Training.
What are a few other notable spring games?
The Red Sox will visit CoolToday Park on Feb. 25 and March 17. Other visitors include the Orioles (Feb. 26, March 1, March 9), the Phillies (March 3) and the Yankees (March 21)
What is the Spring Breakout and when is the Braves’ game?
To give fans a better feel for some of the game’s future stars, games pitting top prospects from opposing teams will be played during March’s third weekend. Smith-Shawver and Waldrep might be among the players the Braves send to Fort Myers to play Boston’s top prospects on March 16.