Mallex Smith off to a good start in AA

The Braves have high hopes for Double-A outfielder Mallex Smith.

Mississippi outfielder Mallex Smith continues to do well in Double-A. Sunday Smith was 3-5 to increase his batting average to .324 on the season. Smith has one home run, eight runs batted in and six stolen bases.

Smith was acquired from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade. The Braves also got Jace Peterson, who is hitting .239 as the primary second baseman in Atlanta. Dustin Peterson is in High-A Carolina and is hitting .269 with three home runs and 12 RBI. And Max Fried is the last piece of the trade. Fried is a left-handed pitcher rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in Orlanod.

Smith's on base percentage is at .342. He has struck out only 13 times in his 68 at bats. Smith needs to walk more, as he has only three so far this season. But the Braves must be happy with his bat. Smith hit .310 last season between the Low-A and High-A teams in the San Diego organization.

The stolen base numbers are down compared to last season, as Smith led all the minor leagues with 88. Smith is on pace for about 40 for this season.

Smith will turn 22 this Wednesday. If he continues hitting over .300, fans are going to wonder how long it will be before he gets a chance in the big leagues. Chances are Smith is still a year away, but he is showing that he could be part of the team that opens Sun Trust Park in 2017 if he continues to develop.


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