Will the Hype and Pressure to Perform Get to Acuna like it did Swanson?

With spring training upon us, there is no doubt that Ronald Acuna will make his appearance in the majors this season. After a stellar 2017 in the minors, ending with .325/.374/.522, being named the Arizona Fall League MVP (the youngest player to ever receive this honor), and Baseball America’s number one prospect, Braves fans are anxiously awaiting his arrival at the plate in Suntrust Park. With so much hype around Acuna in this upcoming season,…

Random Prospect Sunday – Chad Sobotka

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter In what would become Frank Wren’s final draft with the Atlanta Braves, the team went pitcher-heavy early with college arms. They took the freakishly tall Max Povse in the third round and in the fifth round, landed productive Miami Hurricanes lefty Chris Diaz. Between those picks, with the 133rd overall selection, the Braves went with a righty from the small University of South Carolina Upstate, Chad Sobotka. A year…

Walk-Off Talk 1.2: Checking In With the Top 50 – Part 1

In this new series, Ryan Cothran and I have a back-and-forth as we discuss a subject. It’s informal and we hope you guys get something out of it. This week, we’ll look at rising and falling prospects using the Walk-Off Walk Top 50 preseason list as a guide (link takes you to posts about the Top 50). At times, we’ll agree. Other times, we’ll disagree. Join the conversation and tell us where we are misguided…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #5-#1

Here it is. The top five prospects of this year’s Top 50. The elite of the elite, the best of the best, the cliche of the clicheiest (sp?). These are five players who all belong in each Top 100 countdown of the best prospects in the game. Suffice it to say, it’s really hard to overhype this group. Before I get to that, some sad news. The Top 50 has already seen a player get…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #10-#6

Just ten prospects to go in this year’s Top 50. This week, I will cover the bottom half of the Top Ten. It’s difficult to not repeat yourself when talking about these ridiculously talented young pitchers the Braves have. Four of them make today’s list and none of them can go legally buy alcohol yet. All have off-the-charts stuff with a breaking pitch that can buckle the knees of opposing hitters. Once again, it’s a…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #20-#11 (Part 2 of 2)

A few hours ago, I released the first part of prospects #20-#11 for this year’s Top 50. With how amazingly deep the Braves’ system is, even players just inside the Top 20 deserve so much digital ink that it turns what are supposed to be regular three-paragraph recaps into longer pieces. Next week (hopefully Tuesday), I’ll release the next section of prospects, which will cover #10 to #6. If all goes well, the Top 5…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #20-#11 (Part 1 of 2)

These prospect capsules are taking forever. It’s with that in mind that I’ve split this week’s ten pack into two parts just to help with loading times and whatnot. This is Part 1 while Part 2 will be released within an hour. I did want to touch on something I forgot to mention before – my grading scale. I want to start by making it clear that I’m not an expert or a scout. I…