Posts for : 2017

Should Ender Inciarte Win the Gold Glove in 2017?

The Braves don’t appear likely to take home much gold when award season kicks off soon. Of course, after the season they just had, that won’t surprise many. The semifinalists for the big awards were announced last night, but it was a week ago that baseball announced the three Gold Glove semifinalists for each position. It was buried under the weight of the World Series, but two Braves were nominated – Ender Inciarte and R.A.…

WOW’s Top 15 Outfield Prospects

The Braves have a corner outfield problem. How do I know this? Our Stephen Tolbert said so.  Only the Giants finished with a worse fWAR than the Braves in 2017. The Braves had an outfield fWAR of 2.6, which is pretty amazing since Ender Inciarte finished the season with 3 wins all to himself. The other nine outfielders combined for a -0.4 fWAR. Woof. The Braves move into the offseason with a hope to deal either…

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…