Tag Archives: John Hart

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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Braves’ Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 5/12/2017

The “all arms” system continues to produce solid hitting even though most pundits don’t seem to want to talk about that. The organization also continues to be aggressive with promotions, with several players having shown scouts and the brass enough to push them to tougher challenges early on.

As always, this isn’t a “re-ranking” of When Sid Slid’s Top 30, simply the hottest players in the system in any given week during the season.

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Braves’ Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 4/28/2017

The pitching continues to impress, but the bats are starting to heat up. Anyone who only thinks the Braves are developing arms is terribly mistaken. The biggest positive is that other than in a couple cases, none of the big names have disappointed – the hype doesn’t seem to be getting to them thus far and the lofty expectations for many of them may not be too much to ask after all.

As always, this isn’t a “re-ranking” of When Sid Slid’s Top 30, simply the hottest players in the system in any given week during the season.

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Braves’ Prospect Hot Sheet – Week Ending 4/21/2017

Our first Hot Sheet of the 2017 season will encompass the system’s hottest players over the first couple of weeks of the campaign. Going forward, you’ll be able to check back here for the hottest players of each week as usual. As always, this isn’t a “re-ranking” of When Sid Slid’s Top 30, simply the hottest players in the system in any given week during the season.

As is often typical early in the season, the Pitchers tend to be a bit ahead of the hitters – and that’s certainly the case with the game’s most loaded group of hurlers. The arms, they are a coming!!!

So, away we go…

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Santa, Are You Listening???

So here we are on the last Saturday of November, recovered (or recovering) from our turkey comas and hoping we can find SOME way to eventually pay off the credit card bills that we (and/or our significant others) ran up Thursday evening and yesterday on Black Friday (while also still trying to figure out what the name for Thursday’s portion of that will be referred to as one day). Like millions of folks this time of year, I began compiling my Christmas wish list yesterday. I only made it to number one before my head began to spin as much as my stomach after jotting down the same item that always seems to top the list – another Braves’ Championship. Taking the afternoon off may or may not have been such a good idea since it gave me time to think about how to make that wish come true, sooner rather than later – and WITHOUT compromising the organization’s rebuilding/reloading/restocking process.

When taking into account the most recent rumors making the rounds as well as trying to line things up with the organization’s stated goal of becoming competitive again by the time 2017 rolls around, it’s tough to see that happening without another drastic trade or two given the current group of players available via free-agency and the one presumably available next winter. Braves’ Chairman Terry McGuirk has been recently quoted as saying that payroll will increase substantially beginning in January of 2017, but unless several prospects’ timelines move up quite a bit (threatening to hurt their development), there will still be holes that can’t be filled simply by “buying” players. So…

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Everybody Loves A “Blockbuster”

So the Cubs are currently doing background work on a handful of Pitchers to add to their rotation, presumably including Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran. They’ve also been linked to the “Aces” at the top of the market (David Price and Zack Greinke), as well as free-agents on the next tier (Jeff Samardzija and John Lackey) in an effort to build enough pitching depth to get them by the teams in their division and the pitching-rich Mets for the next several years while they have their young offensive stars under control cheaply and trying to finally end the most well-known stretch of futility in professional sports. Theo and Jed don’t strike ANYONE as a front office tandem that will act out of any feeling of desperation now that they’ve overseen Chicago’s return to relevance, but do want to be the ones to finally give Cubs fans at least ONE Championship.

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2015 Off-Season Tote Board

Just so everyone can try to keep up with the whirlwind winter and early spring Braves’ retooling/rebuilding/etc., here are the deals up to this point in a nutshell…

Braves’ Additions:

Nick Markakis (4 years), Dian Toscano (5 years), Jason Grilli (2 years), Jim Johnson (1 year), Shelby Miller (4 years), A. J. Pierzynski (1 year), Tyrell Jenkins (6 years) (now our #11 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Daniel Winkler (6 years) (now our #27 prospect according to MLB Pipeline),  Max Fried (6 years) (now our #6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Jace Peterson (6 years) (reportedly being given a chance to win the 2B job in camp), Dustin Peterson (6 years) (now our #18 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Mallex Smith (6 years) (now our #17 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Aaron Kurcz (6 years), Arodys Vizcaino (6 years) (now our #16 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Manny Banuelos (6 years) (now our #12 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Eric Stults (1 year), Josh Outman (2 years) (makes Avilan expendable IF they were being offered a decent return), Ricardo Sanchez (6 years) (now our #10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Mike Foltyniewicz (6 years) (now our #3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Rio Ruiz (6 years) (now our #7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Andrew Thurman (6 years) (now our #21 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Jose Briceno (6 years) (now our #22 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), Trevor Cahill (3 years), Cameron Maybin (3 years), Matt Wisler (6 years) (now our #2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline), and Jordan Paroubeck (6 years) (now our #24 prospect according to MLB Pipeline). Plus $830,000 to spend on International signings (from Cubs) – some of which used to sign SS Isranel Wilson (5 tool projection), OF Leudys Baez, RHP Jhoniel Sepulveda, and SS Alex Aquino (trained with Robinson Cano’s Dad). Plus 2015 draft picks #41 (Padres’ Competitive Balance Round A – slot value of $1,506,400) and #75 (Diamondbacks’ Competitive Balance Round B – slot value of $814,300).

Braves’ Subtractions:

Jason Heyward (1 year), Justin Upton (1 year), Jordan Walden (2 years), David Carpenter (3 years), Evan Gattis (4 years), Anthony Varvaro (4 years), Tommy La Stella (5 years), Chasen Shreve (5 years), Kyle Kubitza (6 years), Nate Hyatt (6 years), James Hoyt (6 years), David Hale (5 years), Josh Elander (6 years), Craig Kimbrel (4 years), and Melvin Upton (3 years).