Albies Could Amass 100 RBI Batting 5th for Braves

But is batting 5th the right move for Albies and the Braves?

The Jon Chuckery Show
May 13, 2020 - 9:05 pm
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Jon Chuckery really thinks Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies belongs in the two-hole in the lineup. But there's an argument to be made for Albies batting fifth too.

Last season, Albies appeared most frequently (62 games) in the two-hole. Twenty-nine times he hit leadoff (those are likely going away as Ronald Acuña Jr. lives there now), and he hit both sixth and eighth 25 times. But where should Albies, who Chuckery calls one of "the most underrated players in baseball, hit in 2020?

After only hitting 16 minor-league home runs in four seasons, Albies has 48 over the last two seasons with Atlanta, 24 in 2018, 24 in 2019. He's no longer got sneaky power, Albies has got legitimate power. He's also got a nice batting average.

Albies hit .295 last season and his on-base percentage is creeping up too (.305 to .352 from 2018 to 2019). He's also a guy who can steal bases. But look at that power.

With apologies to Nick Markakis, Albies can drive in serious runs. Over the course of a 162-game season, Chuckery thinks Albies could drive in 100 runs from the five-hole. But his speed could be a boon earlier in the batting order.

He hits lots of doubles (43 last season and 40 the season prior) and steals too. Chuckery also believes instead of 15 steals, Albies could swipe 20-25 in 162 games.

So... where should Albies bat in the Braves' order?