EY's versatility on full display in Braves' win

Speedy outfielder collects 2 hits, stolen base, makes 2 stellar catches

EY's versatility on full display in Braves' win

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Eric Young Jr. has done everything the Braves could have hoped for this spring, emerging as the starting center fielder amid Melvin Upton Jr.'s absence and perhaps even their leadoff hitter.

Young's talent was on full display during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium as he tallied two hits, stole his sixth base of the spring and made two highlight-reel plays in center.

"He creates chaos up there when he gets on [base]. That's nice to see," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "He's taken to center field pretty good. You feel comfortable with him. So, shoot, why not?"

Young hit a leadoff single and stole second in the first inning, making him 6-for-6 in steal attempts this spring. But he drew more praise after the game for his work in center field, continuing to erase any doubts about his ability to handle the position every day.

In the third inning, Young made a diving grab in left-center field to rob Toronto's Devon Travis of extra bases. An inning later, he went up against the wall in center to snag a Josh Donaldson fly ball that the wind nearly carried over the fence.

Young Jr. makes catch at wall

"Once you realize how much space is out there -- fortunately for me, I have the speed to make up for that ground," Young said. "So it's just about getting good reads off the bat, and if I do that, then I'll put myself in good position."

Around the horn
• Left-hander Brady Feigl, sent to Minor League camp last week, made another impressive appearance in the ninth inning Saturday.

Reliever Juan Jaime started the ninth but left with two runners on and one out. In came Feigl, who immediately served up a single to load the bases. But he escaped the jam just as quickly, getting Jack Murphy to ground into a game-ending double play to preserve the Braves' two-run lead.

Kazmar starts double play

"Excited to see Feigl in there in that situation," Gonzalez said. "There's a lot of good stuff going on."

As the club searches for left-handed relief options, Atlanta has not taken its eye off Feigl, though he's never pitched above the Class A Advanced level.

"The thing I like is the makeup, and I like that when we give him an opportunity, he gets the job done," Gonzalez said.

Kimbrel strikes out Thole

• With his scheduled outing Friday postponed due to rain, closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning of Saturday's game. Kimbrel logged a perfect inning, inducing a comebacker and striking out the last two batters he faced.

• Right-hander Jason Grilli, also scheduled to pitch during Friday's rain-shortened game, will take the mound on Sunday.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.