In the tiny sample size of seven Grapefruit League games, Riley is hitting .316 (6-for-19) and, perhaps most encouraging for the Braves, has struck out only three times. Tuesday’s homer was his first of the spring.
Riley is competing with Johan Camargo for the starting third-base job. Both players were in the lineup Tuesday, Riley at designated hitter and Camargo at third base. In Monday’s game, Riley played third base and Camargo was the DH.
Camargo also is having a strong spring training. He is batting .389 (7-for-18) with one homer and three strikeouts, including 1-for-3 on Tuesday.