First Game Analysis & Let’s Talk About Who Has Options

First, I uploaded some quick analysis on the first game of spring training at atlantabraves.about.com. Highlights included Freddie Freeman‘s wrist, Hector Olivera‘s left field adventures, the rising status of Mauricio Cabrera and Rio Ruiz, and the future may be now (for a day) if both Dansby Swanson and Ozhaino Albies start tomorrow up the middle as expected. Moving on, a particular tweet caught my attention. Jose Ramirez hit 95 mph with a couple pitches during a…

2016 Top 50 Prospects – #15-#6

For the past couple of weeks, I have looked at the start of the Top 50 list. I’ve ranked prospects #50 down to #16 so far and now you really start to see the elite prospects of this system. The next ten includes a pair of outfielders, two third basemen, and six pitchers. This section also includes my first grades better than a C+. A couple of notes. My list does not include Derian Cruz…

Top 30 Prospects, Post-2015 Edition – #10-1

Previous Rankings: 30-21 | 20-11 Over the last two weeks, I have released the first two tiers of my Top 30 post-season ranks. This finishes up the list. Well, not really. Next Monday, I will release a “And One More” prospect run-down which will include one more player at each position to keep an eye on over the winter and into two next year. For reference, two of the players from the preseason list (Daniel…

Minor League Stats Pack for August 29

Coming down the stretch for the minor league seasons, here is this week’s Minor League Stat Pack. As usual, be sure to check out the major league companion article I posted today at About.com. Gwinnett – Mallex Smith For August, Smith has hit a robust .348 with 13 steals. He’s walked 8 times to 16 K’s and added eight extra base hits, a single-month high for this year. He’s picked up a base hit in…