The Atlanta Braves opened SunTrust Park last season with a relatively successful year on the diamond. The Braves improved to 72-90 while finishing 3rd in the NL East, a significant improvement from two years ago. Atlanta will look to build on last season’s improvement while developing their young prospects in 2018.
The Braves completed one of the stranger trades of the off-season in December, shipping Matt Kemp back to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, and Charlie Culberson. Gonzalez was waived immediately, but Kazmir and McCarthy should play prominent roles in the starting rotation and Culberson will be a useful middle infielder to have on the bench. The loss of Kemp and slugger Matt Adams will take away some power from the Braves lineup, but there will be more opportunity for Atlanta’s young talent to get playing time.
Freddie Freeman remains the most consistent plug in the Braves’ lineup, providing a reliable source of power and contact at the plate. Besides Freeman, center fielder Ender Inciarte and catcher Tyler Flowers expect to be key contributors to Atlanta’s lineup. Expect shortstop Dansby Swanson, the former #1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, to take major strides this season after struggling for much of 2017. On the mound, Julio Teheran will look to replicate the success he experienced earlier in his career when he looked like Atlanta’s ace for the future.
2018 will be the Braves’ second season at SunTrust Park in Cumberland, GA. The $600M stadium has a seating capacity of just over 40,000 for regular season baseball games. SunTrust park has approximately 40 luxury suites yielding 4,000 premium seating options. Suites at SunTrust Park will feature first class amenities, VIP parking passes, premium interior/exterior seating, and in-suite catering options.