Posts for : October 2017

Atlanta Braves Rule 5 Update

The Atlanta Braves have made a slew of moves despite not having a general manager as they look to trim the fat from the roster. Already gone are Ian Krol and Tony Sanchez, who both elected free agency, and David Freitas and Micah Johnson, who were selected off waivers. The Braves also offered Armando Rivero back to the Cubs – along with every team in baseball – and nobody came calling. All told, these moves…

WOW’s Top 5 Third Base Prospects

We’ve talked about this before, but third base has been a trouble spot for the Braves for a number of years. Outside of Chris Johnson‘s BABIP-infused campaign, there has been a revolving door at the hot corner. Two dozen players have started games there. More than half – fourteen – have logged at least ten starts. Only four, however, have given the Braves one win according to Fangraphs’ WAR. This select group includes Johnson, Juan Uribe,…

The Ticking Time Bomb of Atlanta’s Rebuild

Recently here at WalkOffWalk, we’ve been attempting to put together a playoff team for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. I took the first stab at it and put together a more aggressive plan to improve the talent level of the team while sacrificing some of the club’s better prospects. Tommy followed that up with a more conservative approach by keeping all the major prospects and building a team around internal call-ups, minor trades, and veteran…

Building a Contender the Braves….I mean, The Ryan Way

***New edit at bottom as, for whatever reason, I thought Brad Peacock was a free agent and that’s not true*** Building an Atlanta Braves roster to compete in 2018 isn’t for the faint of heart… On the subject, we’ve heard from Stephen on how he would make the Braves a contender with his idea of trading a few heavy prospects to fill out the 25-man with quality. Then we heard from Tommy on how he’d go…

WOW’s Top 5 Shortstop Prospects

At second base, the Braves lost their top prospect to graduation. The story is the same at shortstop, where Dansby Swanson struggled through an up-and-mostly-down year while losing his prospect status in the process. The Braves still have a good deal of talent at shortstop with four possible Top 50 organizational prospects classified as a shortstop as of right now, but three of those very good prospects were in rookie ball leaving this position a…

A 2018 Braves Winner Without Losing Prospects

Recently, our Stephen Tolbert wrote an article in which he tried to put together a version of the 2018 Atlanta Braves that could go to the playoffs. The trick was remaining realistic in both projections and what it might cost to acquire players. While some of the trades soured me to a degree, the logic was sound. To build the kind of winner people might want the Braves to become in 2018, it would require…

Organizational Overview: Second Base

When the 2016 season concluded, the Braves were at a crossroads in regards to second base. They had two really good prospects developing in the minors with Ozzie Albies and Travis Demeritte, but neither were ready for prime time. They also had an incumbent, Jace Peterson, who had started 214 games at second base the previous two years. Peterson had struggled, though, to hit well enough to stay in the lineup and looked more like…