.386 – the Braves’ on-base percentage this spring, which leads the major leagues. They have drawn a majors-leading 132 walks, including 11 by Martin Prado, 10 apiece by Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus and Jason Heyward, and eight by Brian McCann.
The Braves have four of the National League’s top 10 on-base percentages in Glaus (.518), Eric Hinske (.500), Prado (.500) and Heyward (.469). Meanwhile, McCann (.574) would lead the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Guess who manager Bobby Cox suggested Wednesday was behind the spring surge in plate discipline? Hint: He’s 20 years old.
“We’ve had good at-bats, we really have,” Cox said. “Haven’t chased a lot of [bad pitches]. I think it all started with Jason Heyward. People started to talk about it. He has good at-bats, doesn’t swing at pitches that bounce and all that.”