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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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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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Braves’ Top 30 Prospects – Midseason 2015

A Midseason Top 30 List in August, you ask? Absolutely. I’ve always preferred to wait until after the signing deadline for players selected in the Rule IV Draft and the non-waiver trading deadline to pass before trying to race everyone else to get my rankings out there. Everyone else typically has to make multiple changes to amend their lists when the handful of draftees that don’t sign show up on campus somewhere or following the non-waiver trading deadline when someone makes a big “win now” deal.  I’d rather take my time reading as many reports about newly drafted and traded prospects as I can so I’ll hopefully have a better feel for who and what some of these kids are.  A couple of other differences you’ll likely notice in our rankings are:

 

1.) Our Midseason Top 30 excludes ANY players already promoted, regardless of whether they’ve reached AB or IP limits or not. The main reason for that is that the Braves have historically been an organization that doesn’t “rush” prospects they feel aren’t ready unless absolutely necessary. There are always exceptions, but the organization usually doesn’t like to shuttle players up-and-down if they don’t absolutely have to – SPs in particular. Recently promoted players like Williams Perez, Mike Foltynewicz,  Matt Wisler, Manny Banuelos, and Arodys Vizcaino aren’t likely returning to the farm unless they struggle mightily or John Hart & Company decide to change their roles moving forward (which could conceivably happen if they decide to try to transform Foltynewicz into a late-inning weapon), so they don’t qualify for When Sid Slid’s summer list.

2.) I also tend to be more aggressive when it comes to ranking younger players who are further away from making an impact on the team’s MLB roster than many others. Ceiling is usually the main fallback criteria for this list. You’ll see names here you might not have heard much (or anything) about when comparing this list to others you’ll see elsewhere. This is (of course) a bit of a double-edged sword – I may hit on some fast-risers you don’t see chatted up in other places, but I’ll also miss more often since some of these players don’t have much of a track-record at the professional level. It’s always much safer to talk about players that have more experience because you can always use the crutch that those players can still be useful pieces as utility players, 4th or 5th OFs, and bullpen swingmen or middle relievers. I’ll never say that that type of player isn’t important to winning organizations, but I will say that those players develop when they show that they’re not quite good enough to be everyday players, high-leverage RPs, or have enough of an arsenal to stick in a MLB rotation.

 

Neither of those points make this list “better” or “worse” than other lists you’ll see elsewhere – just different.  You’ve likely read a bit about many players on our list already, so our more-detailed capsules aren’t published until the offseason, but there may be bits of information here about some of the players you haven’t heard much about as yet.

So now, here’s When Sid Slid’s Atlanta Braves’ Top 30 Prospects – Midseason 2015…

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Braves’ Top 30 Prospects – Pre-Rule IV Draft 2015

It’s been a busy non-baseball period for me  recently, so I’ve been unable to post our Top 30 Prospects list following last winter’s “transformation” and apologize for the delay. I wanted to make sure to get this list posted so we can see just how substantially the list could change now that the organization has 6 of the top 89 picks when the clock starts ticking on the Draft next Monday night.

Just for background on where some of the potential addition of impact talent may be coming from, here’s a look at what everyone’s looking forward to Monday –

First Round

Pick #14 (#14 overall)

Supplemental 1st Round

Pick #2 (#28 overall – Compensation for Ervin Santana signing)

Competitive Balance Round A

Pick #5 (#41 overall – Acquired from San Diego in the Kimbrel/Melvin Upton trade)

Second Round

Pick #12 (#54 overall)

Competitive Balance Round B

Pick #5 (#75 overall – Acquired from Arizona in the Victor Reyes trade)

Third Round

Pick #14 (#89 overall)

Depending on who’s available with those picks (plus several impressive early season performances by other prospects in the organization), this list will look a lot different when our updated Post-Draft/Midseason Top 30 comes out soon.

For now though, here’s what our earlier preseason list looked like…

 

1.)  Jose Peraza, 2B (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 20 years old) – ETA Late-2015

2.) Mike Foltynewicz, RHSP (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 23) – ETA Late-2015

3.) Matt Wisler, RHSP (AAA- Gwinnett Braves, 22) – ETA Late-2015

4.) Max Fried, LHSP (Injured – Rehab, 21) – ETA Early-2018

5.) Ozhaino Albies, SS (Lo-A – Rome Braves, 18) – ETA Early-2018

6.) Jace Peterson, 2B (MLB – Atlanta Braves, 25 ) – ETA Late-2015

7.) Manny Banuelos, LHSP (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 24) – ETA Late-2015

8.) Tyrell Jenkins, RHSP (AA – Mississippi Braves, 22) – ETA Late-2016

9.) Rio Ruiz, 3B (AA – Mississippi Braves, 21) – ETA Late-2016

10.) Lucas Sims, RHSP (Hi-A -Carolina Mudcats, 21) – ETA Early-2017

11.) Braxton Davidson, OF (Lo-A – Rome Braves, 18) – ETA Early-2018

12.) Ricardo Sanchez, LHSP (Lo-A – Rome Braves, 18) – ETA Early-2018

13.) Arodys Vizcaino, RHRP (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 24) – ETA Late-2015

14.) Jason Hursh, RHSP (AA – Mississippi Braves, 23) – ETA Early-2016

15.) Mallex Smith, CF (AA – Mississippi Braves, 22) – ETA Early-2017

16.) Garrett Fulenchek, RHSP (Rookie – GCL Braves, 18) – ETA Early-2018

17.) Dustin Peterson, LF (Hi-A – Carolina Mudcats, 20) – ETA Early-2017

18.) Alec Grosser, RHSP (Lo-A – Rome Braves, 20) – ETA Early-2018

19.) Mauricio Cabrera, RHRP (AA – Mississippi Braves, 21) – ETA Late-2016

20.) Cody Martin, RHSP (MLB – Atlanta Braves, 25) – ETA Late-2015

21.) Todd Cunningham, CF (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 26) – ETA Early-2015

22.) Jose Briceno, C (Hi-A – Carolina Mudcats, 22) – ETA Early-2017

23.) Daniel Winkler, RHSP (Injured, Rehab, 25) – ETA Late-2016

24.) Williams Perez, RHSP (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 24) – ETA Late-2015

25.) Johan Camargo, SS (Hi-A – Carolina Mudcats, 21) – ETA Early-2017

26.) Jordan Paroubeck, CF (Rookie – GCL Braves, 20) – ETA Early-2018

27.) Andrew Thurman, RHSP (Hi-A – Carolina Mudcats, 23) – ETA Early-2017

28.) Chad Sobotka, RHSP (Lo-A – Rome Braves, 21) – ETA Late-2017

29.) Aaron Kurcz, RHRP (AAA – Gwinnett Braves, 24) – ETA Late-2015

30.) Wes Parsons, RHSP (Hi-A – Mississippi Braves, 22) – ETA Late-2016