Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

The Braves have a catching problem and that’s pretty new. Since the mid-90’s, they could count on Javy Lopez or Brian McCann behind the plate with only Johnny Estrada separating the two. But once McCann left for the Bronx after the 2013 season, the Braves tried Evan Gattis for a year and found his ability to be a catcher nearly non-existent. Next, they handed the job to Christian Bethancourt, but the young catcher struggled with…

Random Prospect Sunday – Britt Robertshaw

When it comes to independent league signings, it’s hard not to root for the improbable. Taking out former major leaguers who go to the Atlantic League to extend their careers, young players who sign with independent teams do so with little prospects to get out of independent league baseball, nor little disposable income. For instance, each team in the Frontier League has a salary cap of $72,000 to try to find the best roster they…

Random Prospect Sunday: Ozhaino Albies

This series typically focuses on the guys you may not hear about too often, but this week, the spotlight is on someone who is pretty used to receiving praising digital ink at this point – shortstop Ozhaino Albies. He turned 18 last January and is already handling the South Atlantic League (A-ball). It makes us that look at projections pretty intrigued by just how good Albies can be. The Braves have had ridiculous success from…

Random Prospect Sunday: Jorge Zavala

Some people are just meant to be relievers and Jorge Zavala might be one of those guys. Over the last two years, Zavala has an ERA of about 0.66. I didn’t even do the math for that, I just looked at the ERAs of the last two seasons. That’s how damn impressive he has been since the beginning of last year. Zavala was born a couple of months before the 1994 Baseball Strike in Honduras.…

Random Prospect Sunday: Jordan Edgerton

The Atlanta Braves are still trying to replace Chipper Jones. They moved Joey Terdoslavich to third base in hopes he would somehow be a competent third baseman despite being a statue at first base. They brought Juan Francisco on board with dreams of big homer totals, but couldn’t live with his .281 OBP as a Brave. Chris Johnson was given a long-term deal despite not having long-term success. Even when a young third baseman looked…

Random Prospect Sunday – Felix Marte

In 2011, the Braves brought a group of prospects to Atlanta in mid-September to honor their Pitchers and Players of the Year. Julio Teheran was there. As was Mike Minor and Andrelton Simmons and Evan Gattis. Jose Peraza had not yet made his state-side debut, but he was there. So was Tyler Pastornicky, Randall Delgado, and Zeke Spruill. Lost among this pretty amazing group of young players was the honoree as the Player of the…

Random Prospect Sunday: Joseph Daris

Do you know anything about the typical rating scale that is used by baseball scouts? The scale runs from 20 to 80. The higher the rating, the better the skill or its potential. For example, Christian Bethancourt‘s throwing arm might be rated a 65 or 70. That would rank as an elite number, though there is room for catchers with better throwing arms. Craig Kimbrel‘s spiked curveball might be rated as a 75 – maybe…