Brian McCann, catcher for the Atlanta Braves, started his baseball career in 2003 with the Braves' minor league teams. During the 2005 season, he played with the Braves, usually catching for John Smoltz. In his eight seasons with the Braves, McCann has had impressive success with his bat. He has won five Silver Slugger awards (2006, 2008-2011) and in 2010, he won the All Star Game MVP award.
Justin Upton, left fielder for the Atlanta Braves, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2005 and he made his first appearance in a D-Backs uniform in August, 2007. In 140 at-bats that season, he batted only .221, with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. Upton didn't show his potential until 2009, when he batted .300, with 158 hits, 30 doubles, 26 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.
Dan Uggla, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves since 2011, began his professional baseball career in the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league teams in 2001. After five years in the minors, he was drafted by the Florida Marlins and became their second baseman. Uggla had a strong first season in 2006, batting .282 with 27 home runs and 172 hits in 611 at bats. The next season his batting average was low (.245) but he had 31 home runs and 155 hits in 632 at bats. Although he played well for the Marlins, they traded him to the Atlanta Braves after the 2010 season. In 2011, Uggla signed a five year contract with the Braves.
Fredi Gonzalez, the Atlanta Braves manager, started his baseball career in 1982 as a catcher with the NY Yankees' minor leagues. He played in the minors for six years before moving on to an assistant coach position at a university. After two years coaching, Gonzalez got his first managerial position in the minor leagues. His first major league position didn't come until 1999, when the Florida Marlins hired him as their third base coach. From there he moved to the Atlanta Braves, working in both their minor leagues and with the Braves. He stayed with the Braves from 2002 through 2005.