Hector Olivera’s Impressive Spring

It’s no doubt: Hector Olivera has turned many heads this spring, including that of his own manager Fredi Gonzalez. Olivera came in with high expectations last season after the Braves traded then top-prospect Jose Peraza, fan-favorite Alex Wood, and a whole bunch of other pitchers for him. However, when it came time for the big show, he struggled. He totaled 79 ABs while only collecting 20 hits and hitting 2 HRs and driving in 11 RBIs. It certainly wasn’t the Hector Olivera that we’d hope we’d see. However, after spending some time in the offseason playing LF and getting a better feel for playing in the Big Leagues, he has seemed to make a smooth adjustment. This spring, while only totaling 50 ABs (Which is quite a lot for Spring Training but this is by design per Fredi Gonzalez), he has gotten 20 hits, four doubles, eight RBIs, and a .400 AVG while only striking out 5 times. These are pretty impressive numbers. Also, his seems to also being making a smooth transition by a defensive standpoint as well. He has recorded 22 put outs while making 0 errors. Overall, Fredi Gonzalez as well as the rest of Braves Country should be very excited about what Hector Olivera brings to the table.

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(via http://www.oustidepitchmlb.com)

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