Mallex Smith remains hot in Gwinnett

Mallex Smith is trying to make the Braves remember he's still an option for the future.

Gwinnett outfielder Mallex Smith is getting hot at the plate. Saturday night Smith stole his 19th base in Triple-A and was 3-6 at the plate, improving his batting average in Gwinnett to .248.

Since July 28, in his last 10 games, Smith has hit .341 (15-44) with seven stolen bases. His good work really goes back to July 17, as in his last 20 games Smith has hit .298 (25-84) with 12 stolen bases.

Smith struggled when he first got to Triple-A. He hit .195 (15-77) in his first 19 games with Gwinnett. That came after a successful 57-game stint in Double-A Mississippi, as Smith hit .340 with 23 stolen bases and a .418 on base percentage.

For the season, Smith is now hitting .300 (110-367) with a .363 on base percentage and 42 stolen bases. He has been caught nine times trying to swipe a base. Smith has struck out 68 times and has 36 walks on the season.

With the Braves getting Michael Bourn from Cleveland on Friday, the Braves will not have to rush Smith, who is still just 22 years old. Unless Cameron Maybin is traded, Smith will likely head back to Gwinnett next season. But if he continues to hit, Smith will make the decision more difficult for Atlanta’s front office.

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