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Offseason Blueprint v 2.0

Wow – that sure didn’t take long!!! Our first blush stab at a “quick-fix” to help the Braves become relevant next season swept under the rug before Coppygate exploded and the first week of postseason play in October had been completed. Everyone’s no doubt been inundated with informative stories – as well as suppositions – surrounding questionable happenings under John Coppolella, and since the MLB investigation into the franchise’s international signing processes there’s little reason for us to continue discussing something no one has a handle on yet here.

Instead, we’ll investigate another potential approach for John Hart, his choice to replace Coppy, or our favorite potential Captain of the ship – Dayton Moore – to consider as they try to move things forward.

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Early Offseason Blueprint

 

As the regular season winds down, thoughts begin to drift to the not-so-distant hot stove season. As some parts of the Braves’ Opening Day 2018 roster have become clearer, here’s a little bit of daydreaming for Coppy And Company to focus on as soon as the chanpagne in this year’s World Series Champion locker room begins to dry up… Continue reading

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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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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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.

Projected 2016 Braves’ Pitching Chart – Starting Pitchers

Chomping at the bit to find out where you’ll have to go to see the Braves’ impressive collection of “Young Guns” early on in 2016??? Here’s When Sid Slid’s pre-camp best guess about where they’ll be to start this year’s campaign.

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