Chopcast: Braves infield preview

Chopcast: Braves infield preview

Published Jan. 15, 2013 5:20 p.m. ET

Baseball is oh-so-close to being back.

With Spring Training fast approach — pitchers and catchers are set to report in less than a month — the team gathered for its first-ever Chopcast to breakdown each and every infield position for the Braves in 2013.

Here are a few of the highlights:

-- Can catcher Brian McCann return to his pre-injury, All-Star level this season?

-- First baseman Freddie Freeman is on the verge of becoming an elite first baseman. Does he make that leap in 2013 and what should Braves fans expect in terms of his power and run-production numbers?

-- Will Dan Uggla finally deliver the season at second base that the Braves initially thought they were signing?

-- Who replaces Braves legend and future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones?

-- Is Andrelton Simmons the real deal at shortstop?

-- The team projects the over/under for each starter's season statistics.

-- Educated discussions on Major League, Willie Mays Hayes, Charlie Sheen, fake sources on offseason workout routines, 5-Hour Energy commercials and in-depth breakdown of pre- and post-marriage statistics for baseball players.