One of the Braves top remaining prospects is set to have an offseason full of injury rehab. Middle infielder Ozzie Albies will undergo surgery next week to help repair a fractured right elbow, the Associated Press reports.
The injury occurred when Albies fouled a pitch off his elbow, which is a freak accident, obviously. He prognosis is good as far as next season goes, though, because Albies is expected to begin baseball-related activities once the calendar turns to 2017. That should get him ready in time for a full spring training.
Albies, 19, made it all the way to Triple-A this season. Per baseball-reference.com, Albies was 7.5 years younger than the average Triple-A player. In 56 games at that level, he hit .248/.307/.351 with 11 doubles, three triples, two homers and nine stolen bases.
Note the age, though. In 82 Double-A games before his promotion, Albies hit .321/.391/.467. A slick fielder up the middle, Albies can handle shortstop or second base, but he’s ticketed to second once he hits the majors due to Dansby Swanson holding down shortstop.
Albies was ranked as baseball’s 17th-best prospect on Baseball America‘s midseason top 100.
As for the elbow fracture, we do have a recent timetable with Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock. He fractured his elbow on April 2 and had surgery April 5. He first played in a game on Aug. 5 on a rehab assignment and then returned to the majors on Aug. 26.
So from the surgery to his first actual game, that was four months. If Albies follows a similar path — or, really, moves even a bit slower — he’ll have more than enough time or a full 2017 season.
Source: CBS Sports / One of the Braves’ top prospects will undergo surgery to repair a fractured elbow