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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’ 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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Just How Much Value Might Julio Teheran Actually Have?

Following the latest bombshell to hit the already thin 2017 MLB free-agent market. maybe it really is time for the Braves to explore just what kind of return they could legitimately expect for Teheran and his VERY team-friendly deal.

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Chacin Traded To Angels

 

Earlier today the news broke that the Braves traded RHSP Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim for a left-handed relief prospect named Adam McCreery. In light of the deal, Williams Perez was recalled to start tonight’s game against the Phillies.

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Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 5/8/2016

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   1.) Williams Perez – RHSP – Gwinnett Braves

Perez twirled a gem against Charlotte (White Sox) Friday night, tossing a complete game 1-hitter with 7 Ks against 1 BB. He’s certainly got to be a candidate to step into the pen as soon as the big club begins to “trim the fat” (Jim Johnson, Bud Norris, and Alexi Ogando, for example).

 

   2.) Casey Kelly – RHSP – Gwinnett Braves

Kelly’s another candidate to claim a pen role in the near future. He held the Toledo MudHens (Detroit) to 4 hits over 8 scoreless innings last Wednesday. The start dropped his ERA to 1.65, his WHIP to 1.06, and his BAA to .165 when he’s pitched for Gwinnett. Kelly doesn’t strike out many hitters, but promoting guys like him (and Perez) would give McDowell and Gonzalez guys who could handle multiple innings out of the pen – something the big club desperately needs right now.

 

   3.) John Gant – RHSP – Gwinnett Braves

Gant made noise last week as well. In two appearances covering 9.2 innings against Toledo and Charlotte, he allowed 2 ER on 10 hits with 9 Ks and only 2 BBs. The big club desperately needs pen help, but Gant is the likeliest of the Perez/Kelly/Gant trio to be a useful SP at some point. Keeping him stretched out will buy time to keep from needing to start either of Tyrell Jenkins or Lucas Sims’ clocks in the event Jhoulys Chacin or Mike Foltynewicz stumbles before June.

 

   4.) Ronald Acuna – CF – Rome Braves

Acuna’s quietly climbing prospect ranking lists, and he turned in another fine week in Rome last week. His 7-20, 4 runs scored, 3 RBIs, 4BBs, and 6 SBs brought his season slash line to .306/.390/.388/.778 and he’s now been successful on 12 of 16 SB attempts. Acuna’s a slasher/leadoff type cut out of the Mallex Smith mold who could eventually grow into a little more power as he grows and learns.

 

   5.) Sean Newcomb – LHSP – Mississippi Braves

Newcomb’s control issues still exist, but he showed flashes of improvement by striking out 8 hitters against 1 BB over 6 innings against Tennessee (Cubs) on Friday. He did allow 8 hits and 3 earned runs, but the main focus for Newcomb is improving his control and K/BB Ratio – as it improves, Sean could rise quickly.

 

   6.) Dansby Swanson – SS – Mississippi Braves

Swanson cooled off a little this week (6-22 with 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs, 4 runs scored, 2 SBs, and 5 BBs against 3 Ks) slashing .273/.429/.364/.793 for the week. The off week (for him) still leaves him at .310/.444/.517/.962 since his promotion.

 

   7.) Ozhaino Albies – SS – Gwinnett Braves

Ozzie took a couple games to adjust following his promotion as well, but “Ozzie” went 5-10 with 2 2Bs, a run scored, 1 SB (and the game-winning hit against Charlotte on Friday) over the weekend.

 

*** While not a prospect anymore, Gordon Beckham’s return deserves noting. Gordon went 4-12 with 2 2Bs and a run scored over the weekend for Gwinnett. Expect to see him back with the big club as early as Tuesday.

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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Could Trading Shelby Miller Actually Make The Braves Competitive Quicker?

The games have begun, and we now wait to see who blinks first. Several confirmed reports say the Braves and Cubs had been talking about a trade centered around Shelby Miller and Jorge Soler (before the announcement that Chicago had agreed to a 2 year/$32 million deal with John Lackey last night), and Jerry Crasnick has reported that the Braves may just hold onto Miller for now to see what happens as the market unfolds. We’ve seen this time and time again – teams seem to line up pretty well, but one or the other pulls back for a little bit to see if they can squeeze just a little bit more value for their guy since the other team needs him more. Many of the “experts” felt that Jorge Soler alone probably wasn’t quite enough alone to merit trading Miller from the Braves’ perspective (and I have to agree with them – of course I’m also a Braves fan) – Atlanta controls Miller for three more seasons, and interest in him has never been higher – but also needs controllable impact bats to help complete their rebuild. Soler definitely fits that profile, but also comes with question marks as well – specifically a high (25+%) K-Rate and marginal defensive value. That said, there’s another powerful right-handed power bat out there (who’s widely speculated to be “unavailable” – as if there was such a thing) who just so happens to belong to a team desperately looking to add to its rotation but really only shopping for 0-3 SPs. That player of course is Aaron Judge, and his team is the New York Yankees.

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