The “Untouchable” Julio

 

Another non-news day got me to pondering – even without including Alex Bregman, could Houston still have what it takes to pry Teheran away (if Coppy were persuaded to consider moving him)? Could we still match up with them for a potential blockbuster?

Without any free-agent signings the Astros still look pretty loaded offensively going forward, but with the step back that Dallas Keuchel took this year and the ever-present questions surrounding Lance McCullers’ health, they could REALLY use someone like Teheran if they want to make a serious push. Their lineup is also awfully right-handed.

So here’s a “Would you?” for a postseason travel day…

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Braves’ Top 30 Prospects – Postseason 2016

 

Boy, oh boy – what a difference a year makes!!!

Here’s When Sid Slid’s take on the Braves’ top prospects at the end of the 2016 season with their projected 2017 placements (with ages during 2017) as well as projected ETAs for arrival at SunTrust Park.

Also keep your eyes peeled for a soon-to-come interview with Braves’ Director Of Scouting Brian Bridges where he’ll get to share his thoughts on where so many couch-evaluators (like yours truly and the rest of us) go wrong as well as his great insight about other topics we will all be on the edge of our seats to hear!!!

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Braves’ Organizational Depth Chart – Pre-Trade Deadline 2016

 

Here’s a quick look at where the organization stands prior to what could be a busy week during the rebuild. Even if the Braves aren’t particularly active on the trade market, we could be getting closer to some veterans being released to provide opportunities for some of the youngsters to get their feet wet at the MLB level with an eye towards Opening Day 2017 at SunTrust Park. This is not a reflection of our Midseason Top 30 Prospects which will be unveiled following the deadline.

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The Draft’s Upon Us – Who Should The Braves Take???

It’s Wednesday – less than 36 hours to go, and it still seems that no one has a really good feel for which way the Braves will go with their early picks. This year’s draft class doesn’t have a clear-cut handful of players that have separated themselves from the pack, but it appears that there should be several solid players available when the organization makes its first three picks at #3, #40, and #44. As it seems most draft pundits and followers are in the dark with less than a week remaining before the show starts, here’s the way we’d approach things Thursday…

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Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 5/29/2016

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   1.) Max Povse – RHSP – Carolina Mudcats

Povse continues to scream “Look at me, look at me!!!” Hopefully someone – other than us, of course – is paying attention. His latest gem against Frederick (Orioles) (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 hits, 10 Ks, 2 BBs) brings his season line to a stellar 3-2, 2.58 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .226 BAA, and only 1 HR allowed with a 57/11 K/BB Ratio covering 52.1 IP.  If anyone deserves a promotion, it’s Max.

 

   2.) Tyrell Jenkins – RHSP – Gwinnett Braves

Tyrell posted two more solid starts against Norfolk (Orioles) and Syracuse (Nationals), allowing 4 ER and 12 hits in 13 IP – striking out 13 while walking only 3. He’d likely be getting a call to get his feet wet in most organizations as soon as the Super Two deadline is no longer a concern. Since he’s with the Braves, he’ll continue to work on cutting down his walks and further developing his offspeed pitches as he waits for an injury or implosion from someone ahead of him.

 

   3.) Joseph Odom – C – Carolina Mudcats

The Braves’ 2013 13th Round pick is quietly putting together a solid season. He’s coming off a week where he slashed .364/.417/.500/.917 with 3 2Bs, improving his season numbers to .279/.341/.426/.767 with 11 XBHs and a respectable 13/22 BB/K Ratio.

 

   4.) Alejandro Salazar – SS – Rome Braves

Another of the Braves seemingly endless stream of middle infielders signed from abroad (Venezuela in Alejandro’s case), the 19 year old Salazar had a hot week for Rome. In 6 games against Hickory (Cubs) and Greenville (Red Sox), the youngster slashed .429/.455/.476/.931 with a 2B, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

 

  5.) Leudys Baez – CF – Rome Braves 

Baez is another young international signee (Dominican Republic) getting his first taste of full-season ball this year in Rome. Leudys very capably stepped in for the injured Ronald Acuna and slashed .333/.385/.375/.760 while driving in one run and scoring 3 times.

Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 5/22/2016

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   1.) Shae Simmons – RHRP – Rome Braves

He’s baaaaaack – and he promises to be back with the big club soon. The Braves have been exercising caution with one of their prized pen arms, working Simmons back from Tommy John surgery slowly – exactly as they should in this lost season. He returned to game action last week, and it looks like there’s little chance they’ll be able to keep him down long following three appearances with Gwinnett and Rome. His line in his first three appearances? 3 IP, 2 hits allowed, 0 ER, 7 Ks, 3 BBs. He may get a few more appearances before being activated since the organization will want to see him work on back-to-back days at least once, but he’s well on his way to becoming an important piece of the Braves’ pen in late-game situations.

 

   2.) Dansby Swanson – SS – Mississippi Braves

He’s adjusting to a higher level of competition – and quickly. The first real challenge was his AA promotion, and this week saw him post a slash line of .375/.429/.625/1.054 with 1 3B, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 9 runs scored, and 1 SB. His overall line is now .309/.408/.502/.910 with 23 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 5 HRs, 35 RBIs, and 49 runs scored,  PLUS a 36/39 K/BB Ratio in his first 249 minor league ABs. He’s also been successful in 10 of his 12 SB attempts. There’s little doubt we’ll see Dansby in Atlanta in 2016 – the question is when?

 

   3.) Max Povse – RHSP – Carolina Mudcats

Povse continues his climb up the Braves’ prospect rankings, and it shouldn’t be much longer before he starts to draw attention from the more well-known media outlets. Max notched his third win of the season yesterday when he beat Wilmington (Royals), delivering 5 shutout innings while allowing 5 hits, no walks, and 6 Ks. His season line is now 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .216 BAA, while allowing only 1 HR (38 total hits) in 47.1 IP with a 47/9 K/BB Ratio.

 

   4.) A. J. Minter – LHRP – Carolina Mudcats

The Braves snagged Minter with the #75 pick in last year’s draft when he slid after having Tommy John surgery in March. After his long rehab process, the big lefty’s showing why he was climbing draft boards before his injury. Following 5 dominant outings in Rome, Minter was promoted to Carolina where he continues to mow opposing hitters down. His season line following 2 appearances in High-A is 8.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.35 WHIP, .071 BAA,  only 2 hits allowed, and a 10/1 K/BB Ratio. If A. J. remains a reliever, he could be fast-tracked and could team with Arodys Vizcaino and Shae Simmons as a dominant trio late in games as early as sometime in 2017.

 

   5.) Tyrell Jenkins – RHSP – Gwinnett Braves

Jenkins continues to fly a bit under-the-radar in the mainstream media, but he’s likely going to get his shot at a rotation spot in Atlanta sooner rather than later. The 23 year old “afterthought” in the Jason Heyward-Shelby Miller deal continues to impress following his 4th win of the season against Durham (Rays). His 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 hits, 1 K, 3 BB performance against them Wednesday brings his season line to 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .284 BAA, with a 27/19 K/BB Ratio. He’s still around the plate a little too much (although he’s only allowed 2 HRs) and needs to cut down on the free passes a bit, but he’s showing that he knows how to pitch rather than throw. If the schedule would’ve lined up better, we’d likely have seen him called up to start yesterday instead of Casey Kelly. There will be some point this season that he’ll be needed, and he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on.

 

   6.) Luke Dykstra – 2B – Rome Braves

Another week goes by, and Dykstra just keeps hitting. With only one hitless game this week (Saturday), the youngest Dykstra slashed .300/.429/.433/.862 with 3 2Bs and 3 runs scored. While he’s not as flashy as some of the Braves’ middle infield prospects, he’s quietly been very good, and his season slash line now stands at .313/.358/.381/.739 over 141 ABs with 10 2Bs, 22 RBIs, 16 runs scored, and 5 SBs. Expect to see him challenged at a higher level later this season as the promotions at the higher levels start.

Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 5/15/2016

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   1.) Adonis Garcia – LF – Gwinnett Braves

Garcia’s bat warmed up last week after being sent to work on his defense and routes in LF. Adonis slashed .310/.394/.621/1.015 with 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, and 7 runs scored.

 

   2.) Chris Ellis – RHSP – Mississippi Braves

The “other guy” in the deal for Andrelton Simmons turned in two quality starts (and wins) against Mobile (Diamondbacks) and Pensacola (Reds). His outing against Mobile was a gem – 7 IP, 3 hits allowed, 0 ER, with 5 Ks and only 1 BB.

 

   3.) Max Povse – RHSP – Carolina Mudcats

The 2014 Third Round pick from UNC Greensboro continues to mow High-A hitters down. In two starts (both no-decisions) against Potomac (Nationals) and Lynchburg (Indians), Max gave up 4 ER and 13 hits in 12 IP while striking out 15 against only 1 BB.

 

   4.) Mike Soroka – RHSP – Rome Braves

Soroka rebounded following a rough start against a tough Hickory (Rangers) lineup to hold them scoreless the second time he saw them in a week. Over 5.2 scoreless IP, Mike only allowed 1 hit with 5 strikeouts against 2 BBs while picking up his first win. The outing dropped his season ERA back under 2 (1.96), and he’s striking out roughly 1 batter per inning (37 Ks in 36.2 IP).

 

   5.) Ricardo Sanchez – LHSP – Rome Braves

The young lefty turned in a solid start against the same tough Hickory lineup Sunday, holding the Crawdads to 1 unearned run over 5 innings of Rome’s marathon 9-2 19 inning victory. Ricardo allowed 3 hits, walking 2 hitters while striking out 6.

 

   6.) Luke Dykstra – 2B – Rome Braves

The Braves’ 2014 7th Round pick had 9 hits for the week, slashing .360/.414/.440/.854 with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and 3 steals.