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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’ 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



   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.

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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