Random Prospect Sunday – Daniel Castro

The Lynchburg Hillcats didn’t have a lot of talent last season, especially in the second half. During the first few months, though, they had a sparkling double play duo. At second base, there was uber-prospect Jose Peraza, a player with the range to play shortstop but blocked by the presence of Andrelton Simmons. But the guy manning shortstop was pretty good, too. Mexican-born Daniel Castro, who would lead all High Class A shortstops in Assists/Game,…

2015 Top 30: Wisler & Paroubeck’s ranking

Small update on my Top 30 Prospects in the wake of yesterday’s trade, which threw another wrench into what was completed a few weeks ago. Both players would slide into my Top 30, which pushes Victor Reyes and Wes Parsons out for right now (they may return in the midseason version). I knew from the get-go that Matt Wisler would be in my Top 5, but where? My current Top 5 is Jose Peraza, Lucas…

Random Prospect Sunday: Rundown

Once again this season, each Sunday (probably), I will look at a random prospect from the Braves system. A few will be stars, some will be journeymen, others will be organizational filler. The basics of the series is simple. Using Baseball-Reference’s list of minor league players and Random.org’s number generator, I alternate position players and pitchers to find a player to write about. Sometimes, especially if there’s little available information, I’ll skip the player, but…

2015 Top 30 Prospects: 10-1

Previous Rankings: 30-21 | 20-11 Ah, the top ten. The creme of the crop. This section would have looked a lot more depressing had the trades this offseason not brought an influx of top-end talent. Half of the top 10 were acquired this offseason. If you include the top 12, seven were picked up since the end of 2014’s season. That means that guys I graded at C+ would be in the second half of the…

What Does Options Even Mean? A Baseball Primer (About.com)

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the business of baseball is options. When players like Jose Peraza get optioned to Gwinnett, sometimes we just don’t understand what that really means. This article attempts to explain what options are, when they are used, and how they might affect the decisions the Braves must make over the next few weeks. Should we keep Zoilo Almonte and Eury Perez to avoid exposing them to waivers over Joey…

When Rebuilding Looks Less Like Rebuilding: The Hector Olivera Saga

One thing’s seems for certain. The Atlanta Braves front office loves to confuse us. While they have refused to call this offseason the first steps of a rebuilding process, we know better. Call it a reboot or a remodel or whatever you want, but the Atlanta Braves are clearly rebuilding toward the future. More specifically, toward 2017, the year when the new stadium in Cobb County opens. Almost everything they have done this offseason has…

Atlanta Braves Infield Far From Certain (About.com)

The first game of spring is minutes away and question marks remain about who will be the opening day starter at second. Alberto Callaspo appeared like the early favorite, but he seriously struggled last year. Veterans Kelly Johnson and Eric Young Jr. are around this spring fighting for a spot on the roster and could even force their way into playing time at second base. Philip Gosselin had some good moments last year. However, the…