Could The Braves Be Aiming Too High, And Is There A Better Fit???

By now, Braves fans have fallen all over themselves trying to come up with offers for Chris Sale that won’t cost pieces that are needed to win now. With all the rumors floating about that Atlanta is “in on him” – and seriously according to some of them – anything you’ve come up with that doesn’t include at least two of Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, and Sean Newcomb probably just isn’t enough. While that might be fair “value” (as well as not totally a killer for everyone’s Braves’ roster projections for the near future), is there a better approach that would still add that top-of-the-rotation arm to pair with Julio Teheran that could make this team arguably as big a threat in the near future?

I still maintain there’s a better fit that makes more sense, could be acquired for far less, would be under control for longer, and fit just as well. Of course that guy is… Continue reading

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Could The Braves Be Competitive In 2017 And 2018 WITHOUT Giving Up Core Pieces?

Just doing a little daydreaming on the eve of Hot Stove season, and expanding on some minor moves suggested by the guys on XM’s Inside Pitch (Casey Stern and Brad Lidge) this afternoon. After they both pushed the long-rumored trade for Brian McCann, they went on to say that they thought signing Justin Turner would be a great move (even though he was given a Qualifying Offer by the Dodgers today). After pondering the fact that the Braves’ first round pick next summer is protected and dreaming on how much those moves would further improve Atlanta’s offense, I can’t say that I’d disagree.

Of course if John Coppolella & Company would consider giving up a draft pick and something of value to add that kind of offense, you have to imagine that they’d go even further and try to put a truly competitive team on the field to open Suntrust Park next spring, so they’d have to go even further – but could that be done without mortgaging the future???

I think it could, and here’s how…

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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.