Posts for : 2017

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…

Building a 2018 Playoff Team

So last Friday night I was watching the Astros/Yankees game, feeling a bit depressed, maybe a few drinks in me and I decided I wanted to try to build a Braves playoff team. For 2018. I wanted to see if it’s possible. Braves have some young talent coming, a superstar to build around, a farm system of currency, some money to play with, a rather weak division to play in, and a brand new stadium…

Braves Reshuffle Coaching Staff, Outright Krol

The Atlanta Braves still don’t have a General Manager, but they are still making moves – even if they don’t announce them for a while. While no official word has been released to this point, the Braves are expected to part with long-time coaches Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez. Named the 1991 MVP while a member of the Braves, Pendleton spent the last 16 years on the coaching staff beginning as the team’s hitting coach…

WOW’s Top 5 Second Base Prospects

The Atlanta Braves came into 2017 with two of the top second base prospects in baseball. One would struggle and fall a bit off the radar, but the other arrived in the majors over the last two months to become their everyday starter. Of course, that’s Ozzie Albies and he looks like he’ll be around for the long term. Nevertheless, there are a few really intriguing prospects at second left in the minors as we…

Organizational Overview: First Base

Freeman | Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter For many of the organizational overviews I do to accompany our prospect rundowns, the current starter or starters at that position may run the gamut between good-to-bad, but there are often two or three really good prospects on the way to supplement them or push them out of the way. First base is the exception as not only is the starter elite, but there are nearly no prospects…

WOW’s Top 5 First Base Prospects

First base is generally slim pickings when it comes to prospects and that’s not limited to the Braves. Many guys who land at first base in the majors often start elsewhere (catcher, outfield). The Braves have had one legit first base prospect in the last ten years and fortunately, he worked out okay. This crop of first basemen might have one real prospect in the mix, but that’s all. Of all the different position rankings…