Well, it looks like the extended Atlanta Braves family is about to get a little bit bigger.
On New Years Day, Braves utility man Chase d’Arnaud and his wife Kaitlyn announced via Twitter that they are expecting a child (a boy, according to the overlain text).
In the post, included below, Kaitlyn is holding up a “Braves Baseball” onesie while Chase has holds a large snowball up, mimicking a pregnant stomach.
The d'Arnaud family is getting a little bigger in 2017. pic.twitter.com/n5ZZZxQclA
— Chase d'Arnaud (@chasedarnaud) January 2, 2017
The couple becomes (at least) the third Braves family to welcome a child in recent memory.
After celebrating their marriage in February of last year, Teheran and his wife Yoselin had their first child in August. While he didn’t post about it on Twitter, he has featured his newborn son in many Instagram posts (birth announcement pictured here).
Meanwhile, Freeman and his wife Chelsea (married in 2014) had their first child one month later.
Wrapped around momma's finger…Welcome to the world Frederick Charles Freeman II… "Charlie" pic.twitter.com/kXjGk0fusV
— Chelsea Freeman (@chelseafree5) September 16, 2016
d’Arnaud had an encouraging first season with Atlanta. After spending most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and playing one season with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, he received his longest extended stay in the majors after signing with the Braves last off-season.
In 262 plate appearances (84 games), the 29-year-old slashed .245/.317/.335. While that isn’t exactly Trout-like output, he also provided tremendous positional flexibility. Over the course of the season, he saw time at six different positions (the only ones he missed were pitcher, catcher, and first base).
Despite his status as a positional chameleon, d’Arnaud’s strength is the infield. He spent more time at shortstop (147 1/3 Inn), third (145 Inn), or second (88 2/3 Inn) than he did at all three outfield spots combined (88 Inn).
Though the signing of Sean Rodriguez will likely cut into some of d’Arnaud’s playing time, he still projects to have a spot on the big league roster.
Regardless of how the season plays out, though, it sounds like the d’Arnauds have an exciting 2017 in the works.
Scott Ferris covers the Braves as a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottHFerris