Carolina Mudcats 2016 Preview

Swanson’s a Mudcat in 2016Rob Carr/Getty Images Yesterday, I previewed the Rome Braves roster, which is full of prospects throughout. Today’s team, the Carolina Mudcats, is not quite as impressive from a prospect standpoint, though the franchise’s top prospect will start there. There are some good prospects throughout this team, though. Staff – Rocket Wheeler (Manager), Jose Mota (Coach), Carlos Mendez (Hitting), Derrick Lewis (Pitching) -Since 2003, Wheeler has been managing Braves affiliates with his…

Rome Braves 2016 Preview

Not only was yesterday opening day for the Atlanta Braves, but minor league rosters for 2016 were finally released.. Let’s start with Rome and work our way up the ladder. Staff – Randy Ingle (Manager), Jose Yepez (Coach), Bobby Moore (Hitting), Dan Meyer (Pitching) …Ingle is a fixture in Rome and this year marks the tenth consecutive here for him and 25th overall year as a manager in the Braves’ system. Yepez is getting his…

Even More Minor League Releases by the Braves

Michael Bourn and Emilio Bonifacio were notably cut from the team today, something I blogged about here. But they weren’t alone. Scores of minor leaguers have gotten pink slips over the last few days. Less than a week ago, I profiled many of the Braves farmhands that became free agents after being cut by the Braves. Let’s look at some more that are looking for work now after being released by the Braves. P Dustin…

Recent Minor League Releases

The Braves have made a number of releases, but only Nick Swisher drew much coverage yesterday. Here’s some other cuts the Braves have made recently. These cuts have either been taken from the league transaction pages at the official sites for each minor league or a tweet shared by Bill Shanks today. Coke – Bruce Hemmelgarn/Getty P Phil Coke – A mid-spring signing, Coke’s career with the Braves was over before any of his ultra-successful…

2016 Top 50 Prospects – #25-#16

Last week, I began my Top 50 for 2016 with the first half of the list. I won’t finish the list this week, but the next ten will be revealed. In a deep farm system, several players that are mentioned today could rank much higher if the top 15 wasn’t so good. A couple of notes. My list does not include Derian Cruz or Christian Pache, the top prospects from last year’s international class. Other…

2016 Top 50 Prospects – First Half Revealed!

Spring Training is just around the corner so it’s a good time to revisit the top prospects list here at Walkoffwalk.net. Some new changes for this year include an expansion of the list from a Top 30 to a Top 50. Also, the top 5 prospects will be revealed in February at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.com. In the meantime, let’s look at the bottom of the list. A couple of notes. My list does not…

More Minor League Free Agent Analysis

With the snow bearing down on the mid-Atlantic states, I have some extra time to take a look at some of the minor league free agents that have joined Atlanta’s organization since the end of 2015. Today’s subject focuses specifically on guys who have already appeared in the major leagues. For a fairly comprehensive list of players who have joined the Braves on a minor league deal this offseason, click here. Links to further analysis…