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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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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 5/15/2016

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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.

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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Don’t Get In Too Big A Hurry

This time of year, it’s pretty common to hear pundits and fans discussing the fact that MLB teams look to maximize their investments by trading assets at their “peak value”. While that’s typically a good business approach, you have to be extremely careful when investigating the market to find out just what that is.

Here’s a quick economics lesson to illustrate why the Braves shouldn’t trade the young pitching they’ve acquired unless it’s for a serious return that they believe will help the organization over the long-haul. Most of the notable arms they’ve stockpiled over the last 2 years haven’t come remotely close to reaching that peak value (for various reasons) and include…

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Are The Braves “Playing Possum”???

So we’ve now heard Coppy vent a little after Ken Rosenthal’s sources set the baseball world on it’s ear by telling him that Freddie Freeman’s not only NOT “untouchable”, but the fact that he was imminently “available” and which prospects he would cost had been the talk of the Arizona Fall League scouts lately. Coppy has now told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in no uncertain terms that not only is that strictly Hot Stove talk, but going so far as to say…

“I cannot make it any more clear: We are not trading Freddie Freeman. We are not. I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening.”

There are still plenty of doubters – even segments of Braves’ Nation, and that’s understandable given the purge of players over the last 12 months as the front office goes about rebuilding the pipeline in an effort to set the franchise up for another extended run of success. While he could stand to polish up his interview protocol, it’s tough to blame him (or any of the other members of the front office for that matter) for being a bit frustrated with the way things have gone so far this offseason.

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