Braves call up 20-year-old infielder Ozzie Albies
ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves called up infielder Ozzie Albies, one of the team's top prospects, to start at second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major league debut on Tuesday night.
Another top prospect, right-hander Lucas Sims, also makes his debut against the Dodgers. Sims was the team's first-round pick in 2012.
The 20-year-old Albies, a native of Curacao, hit .285 with nine homers, 41 RBIs and 21 stolen bases for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He started in 82 games at second base and 14 games at shortstop and was the team's only representative in the All-Star Futures Game.
The Braves expect Albies and rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson to form their middle-infield combination of the future. Swanson was sent down to Gwinnett on Thursday after hitting .213 with Atlanta.
The Braves optioned infielder Micah Johnson and right-hander Akeel Morris to Gwinnett to make room for Sims and Albies.