Wilson and Kyle Wright have had solid springs, which is reason for encouragement. Regardless of who opens the season in the rotation, the Braves will need them both over the long haul.
Notes from Saturday
- Infielder Ehire Adrianza hasn’t cooled off. After hitting a double Friday night, Adrianza went 3-for-3 and singled home two runs in the fifth inning Saturday. He’s hitting .429 this spring. His performance, along with his defensive abilities, have positioned him to take one of the open bench spots. No Braves player has had a better spring than Adrianza, who’s a non-roster invitee.
- It was valuable to see Minter enter in a bases-loaded jam and strike out a hitter such as Devers. The Braves will count on the lefty in those situations during the regular season.
“He’s going to do a back-to-back, so that was the perfect situation to bring him in for the first one,” Snitker said. “That’s going to be his role, so that was good to see.”
- Catcher Alex Jackson hit a monstrous home run to left field that landed on the CoolToday Park concourse. Jackson possesses immense power, though it hasn’t consistently translated to games because of his struggles to make contact. If he wins the backup catcher job, he’ll have more opportunities to show that power in moments that count.
“Oh my God, that ball’s as far as I’ve seen, I think,” Snitker said. “That’s good. That’s all he needs to do. Just making the contact. That was great to see.”
- Righty Luke Jackson pitched a scoreless inning, his third in five appearances. “Luke has been looking more like himself, like he did a couple years ago, all spring,” Snitker said. “The stuff has been crisp. Everything has been real good.”
Jackson is vying for a bullpen spot. If Snitker’s words are an indication, he has a good chance at landing one.
- Max Fried will make his second spring start Sunday against the Rays. He allowed one run over four innings in his debut March 10. The southpaw is the leading candidate to start opening day April 1 in Philadelphia.