The Atlanta Braves tweeted tonight that Ozainho Albies will make his debut with the team tonight after being called up today. With Dansby Swanson sent down to AAA Gwinnett, it was a matter of time before Ozzie would get the call.
Wearing uniform number 1, Ozzie will be the youngest player in the Majors at the moment, as he is twenty years old right now.
Since his debut in professional baseball, Ozzie moved up the minor league ladder swiftly. After he played in the Appalachian League with the Danville Braves, he worked his way up in no time. Last season he was sent up to AAA Gwinnett for a while, but after Dansby Swanson (then the Braves #1 prospect) moved up the AA Mississippi, Ozzie was sent down again to form a double play tandem with Swanson.
But near the end of the season, Swanson got the call up to the Bigs instead of Albies.
Albies did not get the call because he spent most of the month of September on the DL with an elbow injury.
During the Spring Training in three consecutive seasons, Ozzie got a taste of what it is like to play in the majors. In 32 games, he left a good impression as he hit .358.
Nevertheless, Ozzie started the 2017 season with the Braves’ namesake in Gwinnett.
Early in the 2017 season, Ozzie struggled at the plate, but as the season continued his BA started to rise. At the moment of his call up, his average stood at .285. With Swanson still projected as the future shortstop of the Braves, Albies will be moved to second base. And that is the position he committed the most errors at during this season (10 in 82 games) while he committed only one error in fourteen games at shortstop. So there is some work to be done at second base.
After Jonathan Schoop, Xander Bogaerts, Jurickson Profar and Didi Gregorius, Ozzie Albies is the fifth infielder from the Dutch Antilles, who makes his debut in the Major League.