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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

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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 4/21/2017

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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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.