He played just one game in the outfield during spring training, but the team has believed in his capabilities at that spot. They recently decided to play him more regularly in Gwinnett’s outfield. Riley has also had time at first base.
Commonly considered the team’s premier position prospect, the Braves drafted Riley with the 41st overall pick in the 2015 draft out of DeSoto Central High School (Mississippi).
The Braves have patiently awaited Riley’s arrival. His presence has played a part in their decision not to invest in a long-term option at third over the past two winters.