Jordan Schafer: 5 Ways the Center Fielder Can Help the Atlanta Braves

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Jordan Schafer: 5 Ways the Center Fielder Can Help the Atlanta Braves
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Jordan Schafer burst onto the scene in 2009 as he hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Many fans were hoping that it was the start of what would be a long and productive career in Atlanta, but early struggles at the plate mixed with a wrist injury led to him just hitting .204 in 50 games.

Schafer came in to 2011 finally healthy from the wrist injury and put up decent numbers down in the minor leagues, but nothing that would blow anyone away. Then he seemed to catch a break when Nate McLouth was forced to be put on the disabled list.

Schafer has shined through the first seven games he has played. He's currently hitting .250, but was hitting .292 prior to his 0-for-4 game last night. He has scored five runs and carries an on-base percentage of .400.

Besides being healthy, what else is different from this year's version of the once highly thought of prospect? We'll take a look at that and what else he brings to the table for the Braves. 

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