Gabriel Burns

Atlanta Braves beat writer

Gabriel Burns is the Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Toussaint, Foltynewicz will start Braves’ first two spring training games
 Touki Toussaint will take the ball for the Braves when they open Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. It’s the game-time launch of his campaign for the fifth starter job, for which he’s one of two favorites. The 22-year-old shined in seven games last season, showing confidence and moxie on the mound...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Touki Toussaint will take the ball for the Braves when they open Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. It’s the game-time launch of his campaign for the fifth starter job, for which he’s one of two favorites. The 22-year-old shined in seven games last season, showing confidence and moxie on the mound...
Braves adopting expectation of winning
 Every player was in Braves camp for Wednesday’s workouts as they ready for Grapefruit League play, which begins Saturday. Some notes from the past couple of days at Disney: • Nick Markakis reported to camp Tuesday. After a winter of uncertainty, the Braves opted to re-sign Markakis to man right field in 2019.  &ldquo...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Every player was in Braves camp for Wednesday’s workouts as they ready for Grapefruit League play, which begins Saturday. Some notes from the past couple of days at Disney: • Nick Markakis reported to camp Tuesday. After a winter of uncertainty, the Braves opted to re-sign Markakis to man right field in 2019.  &ldquo...
The five Braves pitchers who intrigue me most this spring
 The Braves’ competition among pitchers, especially the young group, might be the most interesting the majors have seen in years. Season upon season of acquiring and developing pitchers has finally produced the log jam. It’s a great problem to have. Even with four of the five rotation spots already settled, and much of the bullpen...

Posted: a day ago

The Braves’ competition among pitchers, especially the young group, might be the most interesting the majors have seen in years. Season upon season of acquiring and developing pitchers has finally produced the log jam. It’s a great problem to have. Even with four of the five rotation spots already settled, and much of the bullpen...
Nick Markakis, happy to be back, arrives at Braves camp
 Nick Markakis reported to Braves spring training Tuesday, the final veteran to file in before Wednesday’s mandated arrival date. Markakis, who re-signed with the team last month, briefly spoke with the media upon his arrival. Here’s an overview of the topics covered: Quick. The older you get the quicker it goes.  I&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Nick Markakis reported to Braves spring training Tuesday, the final veteran to file in before Wednesday’s mandated arrival date. Markakis, who re-signed with the team last month, briefly spoke with the media upon his arrival. Here’s an overview of the topics covered: Quick. The older you get the quicker it goes.  I&rsquo...
Markakis, Riley report to Braves camp
 All Braves position players are present and accounted for before Wednesday’s reporting deadline. Nick Markakis and Austin Riley arrived at Disney on Tuesday, filling out the Braves’ roster. Markakis, of course, was re-signed last month and will man right field for a fifth consecutive season. Riley likely won’t open the season...

Posted: a day ago

All Braves position players are present and accounted for before Wednesday’s reporting deadline. Nick Markakis and Austin Riley arrived at Disney on Tuesday, filling out the Braves’ roster. Markakis, of course, was re-signed last month and will man right field for a fifth consecutive season. Riley likely won’t open the season...
After lost season, Luiz Gohara intends to re-establish past promise
 Just 17 months ago, Luiz Gohara’s outlook might’ve been the brightest of the Braves’ young pitchers. A tumultuous 2018, strained by on-and-off field struggles, dulled his star.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Gohara’s value has plummeted. He’s more a wild card than potential frontline starter...

Posted: 2 days ago

Just 17 months ago, Luiz Gohara’s outlook might’ve been the brightest of the Braves’ young pitchers. A tumultuous 2018, strained by on-and-off field struggles, dulled his star.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Gohara’s value has plummeted. He’s more a wild card than potential frontline starter...
Charlie Culberson reports to Braves camp
 Charlie Culberson reported early for Braves camp Monday, leaving Nick Markakis as the last veteran to arrive. Pitchers and catchers reported on Friday, though many came a few days earlier. Position players aren’t required to report until Wednesday, a day before full-squad workouts. Culberson enters spring with a more defined role than...

Posted: 2 days ago

Charlie Culberson reported early for Braves camp Monday, leaving Nick Markakis as the last veteran to arrive. Pitchers and catchers reported on Friday, though many came a few days earlier. Position players aren’t required to report until Wednesday, a day before full-squad workouts. Culberson enters spring with a more defined role than...
All business: Josh Donaldson is refreshed and back with something to prove
 Josh Donaldson stepped into the cage donning a red, white and blue American flag bandanna with his patented ponytail draping his neck. He stared straight forward, stoic expression and all, entertaining unworthy pitches until timing his strike.  His lightning-quick swing features a noticeable leg kick and aesthetically pleasing follow-through...

Posted: 2 days ago

Josh Donaldson stepped into the cage donning a red, white and blue American flag bandanna with his patented ponytail draping his neck. He stared straight forward, stoic expression and all, entertaining unworthy pitches until timing his strike.  His lightning-quick swing features a noticeable leg kick and aesthetically pleasing follow-through...
Freddie Freeman talks Braves roster, expectations, MLB’s stalled marketplace
 Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman started his spring training Saturday morning. Within an hour, he held his first media convocation in the clubhouse, covering a wide range of topics, including the Braves’ criticized offseason, lineup construction and more.  Here are a few of Freeman’s thoughts: “It was great. I spent...

Posted: 3 days ago

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman started his spring training Saturday morning. Within an hour, he held his first media convocation in the clubhouse, covering a wide range of topics, including the Braves’ criticized offseason, lineup construction and more.  Here are a few of Freeman’s thoughts: “It was great. I spent...
Braves position players continue filing in
 Ender Inciarte, Josh Donaldson and Ozzie Albies were among the position players who reported to Braves camp Sunday. Camp opened Friday for pitchers and catchers, but position players weren’t required to report until Wednesday. The Braves anticipated several early arrivals. Every position player is already in camp, except veterans Nick...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ender Inciarte, Josh Donaldson and Ozzie Albies were among the position players who reported to Braves camp Sunday. Camp opened Friday for pitchers and catchers, but position players weren’t required to report until Wednesday. The Braves anticipated several early arrivals. Every position player is already in camp, except veterans Nick...
Ronald Acuna reiterates desire to stay at leadoff
 Ronald Acuna reinvigorated the Braves from the leadoff spot last season. On his first day of spring training Saturday, he doubled down on his desire to stay there. Two weeks ago, Acuna told reporters he hoped to stay atop the lineup. A few hours after arriving four early at ESPN Wide World of Sports, he reiterated his preference to continue...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ronald Acuna reinvigorated the Braves from the leadoff spot last season. On his first day of spring training Saturday, he doubled down on his desire to stay there. Two weeks ago, Acuna told reporters he hoped to stay atop the lineup. A few hours after arriving four early at ESPN Wide World of Sports, he reiterated his preference to continue...