Top 15 Atlanta Braves Through First Five Months of 2023

We rank the 15 best Atlanta Braves Players through the first five months of the 2023 season.

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12. Max Fried

Max Fried has started just 10 games for the Braves this season. In those 10 games, he has a stellar 2.85 ERA and a 3.17 FIP. The stud lefty is 5-3 and the Braves have won 70% of his starts this season. Fried has 53 strikeouts in 53.2 innings and has allowed just 11 walks. Fried has a 59.2% groundball rate this season, which is the highest of any season in which he’s made at least 10 starts. In limited action Fried has been our 12th-best Atlanta Braves player this season, if he stays healthy he’s one of the best moving forward. 

11. Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna had a -0.6 bWAR after the first month of the season. It is assumed that a “replacement level player” could hit better than Ozuna’s .085 average in April. That means he started May in a pretty significant WAR hole. He had a WBR after April, Wins Below Replacement Player. So, judging by the fact that Ozuna is currently rated as our 11th-best player through five months, he’s been pretty good since the beginning of May.

Ozuna posted a .986 OPS in May, .925 in June, and currently has a 1.102 OPS in August. Ozuna is sitting on 28 homers with a .263 average for the season. Since May 1st, Ozuna has hit .294 with a .362 OBP, and a .570 SLG. You take the good with the bad. April was just terrible and he has no defensive contributions. Ozuna has been our 11th-best player this season. He has a 1.8 fWAR so far this year.

10. Orlando Arcia

Orlando Arcia has been an above-average defensive shortstop for the Braves this season. He is also having the best offensive season of his career. He currently has a 106 OPS+ with a .275 average and a .774 OPS. Arcia is one homer away from setting a new career high. He hit 15 homers in 2017 and in 2019, but never more. In 2017, it took him 153 games. In 2019, it took him 152 games. This year, he has 15 homers in just 107 games. Wearing the Braves uniform has changed everything for Orlando Arcia. 

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