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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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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

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’ 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 5/8/2016

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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.