Atlanta Braves

Leadoff: It's time for Austin Riley in Atlanta


That’s where Austin Riley hit his 13th home run in his past 18 games, this one a grand slam, for the Braves’ Triple-A farm team, the Gwinnett Stripers.


Riley played his regular position of third base for Gwinnett on Tuesday, but he had started four of the previous five games in left field, a clear sign the Braves were expanding his potential avenues for reaching the big leagues.


For the season to date, he leads the International League in home runs (15) and RBIs (39) and has a .299 batting average and 1.058 OPS.


MLB.com released an early-season update of its “MLB Pipeline” prospects rankings this week and rated Riley as the Braves’ No.


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