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.
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Draft, 2016 Offseason, 2016 Postseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2017 Offseason, John Copollela Trades, John Hart Trades
Tagged Alex Jackson, Atlanta Braves, Florida Fire Frogs, Gwinnett Braves, Joey Wentz, John Coppolella, John Hart, Juan Yepez, Lucas Sims, Max Fried, MiLB, Mississippi Braves, Randy Ventura, Rome Braves, Ronald Acuna, Tyler Pike
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…
Posted in 2016 Draft, 2016 Offseason, 2016 Postseason Top 30 Prospects, 2017 Offseason, John Copollela Trades, John Hart Trades
Tagged Alex Jackson, Arodys Vizcaino, Craig Kimbrel, Florida Fire Frogs, Gwinnett Braves, Ian Anderson, Jim Johnson, John Coppolella, John Hart, Kelly Johnson, Kolby Allard, Lane Adams, Lucas Sims, Luiz Gohara, Mike Soroka, Mississippi Braves, Randy Ventura, Rome Braves
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…
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, Hector Olivera, John Hart Trades
Tagged A. J. Minter, Andrew Thurman, Anthony Guardado, Austin Riley, Braxton Davidson, Chase Johnson-Mullins, Christian Pache, Connor Lien, Daniel Winkler, Derian Cruz, Dustin Peterson, Hector Olivera, Juan Yepez, Kolby Allard, Kyle Kinman, Lucas Herbert, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Mauricio Cabrera, Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Ozhaino Albies, Randy Ventura, Ricardo Sanchez, Rio Ruiz, Ronald Acuna, Touki Toussaint, Tyrell Jenkins, Wes Parsons, Zachary Bird