Two Rising Stars Close To Joining Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Luiz Gohara /

The Atlanta Braves (12-8) have surprised some folks, thus far, this season, while playing inspired ball. More help and youth might be on the way.

There were, and still are, two prevailing questions for the Atlanta Braves this season. Both questions kind of tie together. Which of the Braves’ young new talent will start to flash first? Can the Atlanta Braves finish the season at .500 or better this year? As for the latter, so far, so good. As to former, part of that answer could come sooner than later in the forms of Luiz Gohara and Ronald Acuña.

Don’t get this wrong. The play of young 2nd Baseman, Ozzie Albies, has been enough to get you off the couch a couple of times a game. Dansby Swanson looks like the kid we thought Atlanta was getting. It’s impressive, reassuring, and fun to watch. Braves Country is thankful. More help is on the way.

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Luiz Gohara, in this writer’s mind, going into the season, was a key to the continued and sustained success for Atlanta. Dude has the stuff and the pitch discipline to be highly successful. A sprained ankle in late March derailed what would have been a starting rotation spot. On Sunday in Gwinett, Gohara made his 2nd rehab start and looked like he did all Spring. That is to say pretty, pretty, pretty good. He’s scheduled to make two more rehab starts, and then presumably back to the big club.

Ronald Acuña. Yes, everyone is waiting. No, nobody knows when we’ll see him at STP. But his slow start is receding, and he’s starting to warm up. In said game in Gwinnett yesterday, R.A. went 3-6. While, I’ve no specific information as to when he will be called up, that I can offer with certainty anyway, if dude keeps doing that, it will be days, not weeks.

The point is that with the Atlanta Braves are already playing with their heads above water, and heading into a 4 game series with the lowly Reds, more young, talented help seems to be on the way.

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Gohara and Acuña will play a major role as to whether Atlanta is successful this year, and in the future. That future could be sooner than later.