The Braves adopt a youth movement in 2022


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The 2022 Atlanta Braves are a true World Series contender.

It’s natural, having won last year’s Fall Classic, but it’s nice to see them compete at the highest level even after losing Freddie Freeman to free agency in the offseason.

They replaced him with a younger first baseman in Matt Olson.

It wasn’t their only movement made with young people in mind, however: they are apparently determined to embrace a youth movement this year.

#Braves having a pair of 21 year olds batting 8th and 9th tonight at Fenway Park with Vaughn Grissom making his MLB debut after 22 Double A games,” tweeted David O’Brien of The Athletic.

Michael Harris II was one of the National League’s best rookies this year, with a .288/.324/.485 line, 10 homers and 12 stolen bases.

He is only 21 years old.

Now Grissom joins him as the 21-year-old second player on the Braves roster.

The youth movement in Atlanta is underway

With just 22 games at the Double-A level, Grissom is unlikely to stay on the Braves’ daily roster, but even if he doesn’t, he’ll gain valuable major league experience and remain an important part of Atlanta’s future.

Besides Grissom and Harris, most of the Braves’ top contributors this year are young.

Austin Riley, who plays at MVP level, is 25 years old.

William Contreras, Ian Anderson and Ronald Acuna Jr. are 24, Spencer Strider is 23 and Kyle Wright is 26.

Even Dansby Swanson and Max Fried, among the “veterans” of the team, are both 28, as is Olson.

This Braves team is good right now, but could be even better in the future.

It is durable over time.

The 2021 World Series champions aren’t going anywhere.




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