If the Braves are to find success this season, it is extremely important that certain players reach their potential.
Mainly, this refers to Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman.
Both have huge potential, and were each runners-up for Rookie of the Year in their first major league season. Also, they are both in danger of doing terribly this season.
Heyward had a great rookie season in 2010, but last year, he experienced a huge sophomore slump. In his rookie year, he was extremely important to the team, and often got key hits in games, including many walk-offs.
So far this season, Heyward has done well, currently with a batting average of .306, two home runs, and eight RBI. He has gotten many important hits, and if he continues to do so, the Braves should do well.
Freeman had a great rookie year also, and so far, he is doing well in his sophomore year. He is hitting .275, with three HRs and 15 RBI.
He struggled at the very beginning of the season, which caused concern that he might slump, as Heyward did. However, he has recently been hitting very well, and this will be helpful to the Braves as the season continues.
It is also important that the Braves' young players contribute, mainly in the starting pitching staff.
Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, and Randall Delgado all have great potential, and with injuries and struggles in other areas, the contributions of these three pitchers could hugely impact the Braves' fortunes this year.
Also, Tyler Pastornicky, while he doesn't have as high expectations, could improve the team by a large amount this season.