The Atlanta Braves are having a great season, and their rookie Vaughn Grissom just made it even better in his MLB debut.
The Atlanta Braves have been on fire this season, and they are likely only getting better by the looks of their newest rookie Vaughn Grissom.
The 21-year-old who was called into action after the Orlando Arcia injury on Tuesday (someone who was already starting for the injured Ozzie Albies) made history as the youngest player to hit a homer and steal a base in his debut in AL/NL history.
His first time in the majors doesn’t seem to be a challenge, despite never even playing Triple-A. If he stays in the majors this season, he could be in for an eventful time in the playoffs.
Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom could be another young sensation in Atlanta
According to FanGraphs, the Braves have a 94.9 percent chance of making the playoffs this season. The defending World Series champions could potentially make it back to the World Series this season, which would be incredible for Grissom in his first ever MLB season.
He had great success in the minors too. This season, he was promoted from High-A to Double-A and hit .324/.405/.494 for an OPS of .899. He joined the minors in 2019 as the 11th-round pick in Atlanta. His success Wednesday night in the majors likely came as a huge surprise.
The Braves could also use some help in the lineup. Though they aren’t doing bad, they’re just slightly above league average. Among all of MLB, they have the 10th-best batting average (.250)and 16th-best on-base percentage (.314).
However, they don’t lack power. They have the third-best slugging percentage (.442) and fourth-best OPS (.756). And Grissom proved on Wednesday night that he can certainly add to that if he stays in the groove from his MLB debut.