KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Lefthander Kolby Allard discovered that patience is indeed a virtue.
Drafted 14th overall in 2015, the San Clemente (Calif.) High product battled a stress reaction in his back that led to minor surgery. Braves officials also were cautious while making sure they did not allow Allard to do too much too soon.
The results in 2016 lived up to expectations. Allard made his season debut on June 6 at low Class A Rome and ran up a 8.25 ERA over three starts before a demotion to Rookie-level Danville, where he thrived.