I completely disagree with trading Hanson and I believe the Braves front office does to. Hanson has more chance to be a shutdown starter the likes of Johnson or Halladay if you give him time. Hanson is under control for longer (which matters as long as Jair's agent is Boras because they never sign free agent years away) and has more room to grow as a starter.
Hanson's struggles this year are nothing to worry about, he is actually pitching slightly better then last year with the only difference being a slight uptick in hits and if you have watched some of his starts you know there were starts where he was getting singled to death with one or two big hits. If Tommy can continue to develop his Change he will become the Braves Ace overnight.
Jair is good but he isn't a ever going to be a top 5 or top 10 pitcher, Hanson can and in reality is on his way there.
Again I like Jair but trading Hanson would go down as one of the dumbest trades the Braves have ever made and I would want Wren fired if he ever pulled that crap. You don't trade away a guy that is on his way to being a TOP TIER STARTER, I realize he hasn't had the start that guys like Strasburg or Lincecum but you don't trade him away after a "down year" in his second major league season because that is just stupid.
Just to add I am not trying to insult you Chip but simply the idea which I really dislike.
I know with Boras is that he will compare Jair to top tier guys like Josh Johnson and top of the league guys something I don't think Jair will be (he is already talking about getting Prince Fielder more money then Ryan Howard's deal) which will make him overpaid for the production the Braves would get.
I might not be explaining this but this is how I see it breaking down.
Jair Jurrjens in reality = quality number 2, $10 to $12 Million
Jair Jurrjens in Scott Boras reality = ace pitcher, $15 Million or over
Tommy Hanson in reality = ace pitcher, $15 Million or over
Basically in my mind Hanson will be worth top dollar while Jurrjens will be paid top dollar but not worth it.
Matt Lipka :: 9 for 26 :: 7 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 HR :: 6 RBI :: 2 BB :: 1 SO :: 6 SB
Matt has really turned it on after a slow start in June. Lipka shows some good habits already showing good line drive power with good speed, while he doesn't walk a ton he isn't striking out either.
Edward Salcedo :: 4 for 19 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 2 3B :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS
Edward has really struggled since moving to the states not only offensively but in the field as well with 11 Errors so far. I am giving him a pass though as this is his first season and his transition to the US.
Yasser Gomez :: 2 for 6 :: 1 R :: 2 BB
Yasser is the Cuban defector that the Braves signed a month or so ago.
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 7.0 IP :: 8 H :: 1 R :: 2 SO
Scott got his butt kicked in his first start in Triple-A but rebuonded nicely, Scott gets by with pretty average stuff but usually keeps the ball down limiting the damage done to him. In the longrun walks will be what makes or breaks him as he doesn't keep the ball on the ground enough to walk a lot of hitters (like Hudson or Lowe).
2. Mike Minor :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Mike has been nothing short of spectatcular since moving to Triple-A, he would be a major piece to trade but he keeps making it harder and harder for Braves fans to let go of.
3. Freddie Freeman :: 9 for 28 :: 5 R :: 1 2B :: 2 HR :: 5 RBI :: 1 BB :: 6 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS
Freddie just keeps on hitting and everything just keeps going up, his power numbers the past two months have been great while his walk numbers have gotten better. Freddie is starting to show that he might be ready for the big leagues next year.
4. Cristhian Martinez :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 11.2 IP :: 7 H :: 4 R :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 9 SO
5. Wes Timmons :: 8 for 16 :: 5 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 2 BB :: 2 SO :: 2 SB
Mississippi Braves Top 5
1. Jacob Thompson :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 5 SO
Good start for Jacob Thompson but there really is no reason to believe this will continue (though one can hope).
2. Tyler Pastornicky :: 6 for 21 :: 3 R :: 2 RBI :: 4 BB :: 4 SO :: 3 SB
Tyler has been impressive during his first week with the Braves still showing good plate discipline and speed.
3. Willie Cabrera :: 6 for 21 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO :: 1 SB
Willie deserves a move to Gwinnett but with AAAA guys up in Gwinnett there doesn't appear to be room. Willie really has nothing worth to prove in Double-A so quality production from him week after week isn't really a surprise.
4. Donell Linares :: 6 for 19 :: 1 R :: 2 2B :: 2 RBI :: 3 SO
5. Tim Collins :: 2 G :: 1 SV :: 2.0 IP :: 2 BB :: 2 SO
Collins makes it thanks to down weeks from pretty much everyone else. Some video of Collins was posted on Talking Chop, watching it you can see that he appears to hide the ball very well which I am sure makes it very hard on batters with his reported stuff.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5
1. Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 9 SO
Julio knows how to leave on a high note, Julio didn't dominate the Carolina League but he was still one of the elite pitchers in the league. Julio is now 20 Innings over his career high so it will be interesting to see how the Braves handle his innings.
2. Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 7.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 9 SO
Julio isn't the only one who knows how to leave on a high note, Randall has likely deserved a move to Double-A for a while now and it will be fun to see him testing himself against Double-A competition.
3. Mycal Jones :: 8 for 27 :: 6 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 7 SO :: 3 SB
I have said this everytime Mycal has appeared here, I want to see more walks and I will keep saying that till it happen.
4. Cory Harrilchak :: 9 for 27 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO :: 2 SB
Cory has comeback to the Carolina League with avengence, he is showing everything that attract me to him as a prospect showing good plate discipline and gap power. I truly believe that if Cory can play an acceptable CF he is the future there for the Braves.
5. J.J. Hoover :: 1 GS :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 3 R :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Rome Braves Top 3
1. Philip Gosselin :: 7 for 23 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 3B :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 3 SO
Gosselin showed decent plate discipline along with gap power.
2. Joe Leonard :: 6 for 22 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO
Joe has been compared with Troy Glaus and his power has been pretty close though his plate discipline still needs some work to be the next Glaus.
3. Christian Bethancourt :: 5 for 15 :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 BB :: 4 SO
Danville Braves Top 10
I would normally never do a Top 10 but this week there are a lot of people who deserve mention.
1. Aaron Northcraft :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 2 H :: 10 SO
Northcraft has appeared to have corrected his control problems of last year as he has only walked 2 batters so far in Danville. Aaron is another guy that could quickly become a favorite with the type of numbers he is producing.
2. Willie Kempf :: 1 GS :: 8.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 8 SO
Kempf is old for the league coming out of Baylor so his numbers must be taken with a grain of salt, still his combination of a high-80s sinker with a slider could get him a ways as a starter though his longterm place might be the bullpen.
3. Barrett Kleinknecht :: 11 for 33 :: 6 R :: 4 2B :: 1 HR :: 6 RBI :: 2 SO :: 2 SB :: 1 CS
Kleinknecht is a very interesting prospect the more you read up on him, from the reports I have read he flashes 5 tools with some power and speed but concerns over his level of competition raised some questions. His biggest tool appears to be his defense though showing good hand, a nice arm and very good instincts. He hasn't walked yet which is something to watch but the sample size is to small right now to draw any real conclusions. He is someone to keep in the back of your mind.
4. Jakob Dalfonso :: 7 for 14 :: 7 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 1 SB
Dalfonso has been a personal favorite because of his body type and his potential power (though he has never really shown great power) and so far this year he has shown some increase in his power, now he just needs to keep going.
5. Evan Gattis :: 14 for 27 :: 4 R :: 2 HR :: 11 RBI :: 1 BB :: 7 SO
Gattis is old for the league which should be taken into consideration when looking at these numbers, still I can't ignore this type of week.
6. Andrelton Simmons :: 8 for 25 :: 5 R :: 4 2B :: 4 RBI :: 2 SO
Andrelton was suppose to be a pitcher but he might have forced the Braves to give him a chance at SS, he still has a long ways to go with his bat before most will consider him a prospect to watch.
7. Bobby Rauh :: 7 for 18 :: 5 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 5 BB :: 7 SO :: 3 SB :: 1 CS
Bobby is another guy that is old for the league with this being his 2nd time around in Danville, at the very least he is showing improved plate discipline and is making contact more consistently.
8. David Rohm :: 6 for 26 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 1 RBI :: 1 BB :: 2 SO :: 1 SB
9. Edigson Mora :: 2 G :: 4.1 IP :: 4 H :: 1 BB :: 2 SO
10. Dalton Acord :: 1 G :: 1 L :: 2.2 IP :: 2 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 6 SO
Matt Lipka :: 5 for 25 :: 1 R :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 SB
Brandon Beachy :: 1 G :: 1 SV :: 4.0 IP :: 5 H :: 3 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 7 SO
Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 4.2 IP :: 6 H :: 5 ER :: 6 BB :: 3 SO
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Mike Minor :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 13.0 IP :: 5 H :: 3 ER :: 4 BB :: 15 SO
2. Barbaro Canizares :: 8 for 21 :: 1 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 9 RBI :: 1 BB :: 3 SO
3. Freddie Freeman :: 7 for 20 :: 7 R :: 1 2B :: 2 HR :: 7 RBI :: 3 BB :: 3 SO
Freddie's Triple Slash line is now, .295/.359/.496 not bad for a 20 year-old in Triple-A.
4. Wes Timmons :: 9 for 25 :: 8 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 1 SO
5. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 4 SO
Mississippi Braves Top 5
1. Erik Cordier :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 4 BB :: 10 SO
2. Jacob Thompson :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 R :: 0 ER :: 3 BB :: 7 SO
3. Tim Collins :: 3 G :: 1 SV :: 4.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 7 SO
4. Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 2 ER :: 3 BB :: 5 SO
5. Willie Cabrera :: 6 for 20 :: 1 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 4 SO
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5
1. J.J. Hoover :: 2 GS :: 2 W :: 12.0 IP :: 6 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 5 BB :: 9 SO
2. Cory Harrilchak :: 10 for 28 :: 9 R :: 5 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 3 BB :: 2 SO :: 1 CS
The future Braves CFer in my opinion.
3. Micheal Jones :: 10 for 29 :: 3 2B :: 2 HR :: 8 RBI :: 4 SO :: 1 SB
4. Brett Oberholtzer :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 2 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 4 SO
5. Zeke Spruill :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 BB :: 1 SO
Rome Braves Top 3
1. Todd Cunningham :: 8 for 20 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 1 SB
2. Philip Gosselin :: 6 for 21 :: 5 R :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 3 BB :: 5 SO :: 2 SB
3. Jeffrey Lorick :: 1 GS :: 4.0 IP :: 1 H :: 1 BB :: 8 SO
Danville Braves Top 5
1. Ronan Pacheco :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 13 SO
2. Dan Jurik :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 BB :: 7 SO
3. Edigson Mora :: 1 G :: 4.0 IP :: 1 H :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 3 BB :: 8 SO
4. Willie Kempf :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.1 IP :: 10 H :: 3 ER :: 4 SO
5. Aaron Northcraft :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 8 H :: 3 R :: 2 ER :: 2 BB :: 2 SO
This week is showing one major thing in the Braves system Pitching, Pitching and more Pitching. The Braves have well known arms in their system but they also have some lesser known ones that arm extremely interesting.
Interesting Prospect Developments
This section is for guys that aren't top prospects but also failed to make the list but are doing things that are worth taking note of.
Yasser Gomez :: 5 for 21 :: 2 R :: 1 2B :: 6 BB
Yasser is the Cuban defector that the Braves recently signed, he hasn't done anything of major interest but has shown great plate discipline with 11 BB to 1 SO. You would expect that out of a 30 year-old but it is still something to keep an eye on which could matter more thanks to an uncertain future in the OF.
Richard Sullivan :: 2 G :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 4 H :: 5 SO
Sullivan has been moved to the pen after really struggling as a starter but has since dominated coming out of the pen showing improved control (4 BB in 35.0 IP as a reliever).
Matt Lipka :: 3 for 9 :: 3 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS
Lipka played 3 games, don't know why could be injury or simply the Braves trying not to overwork him.
Mike Minor :: 1 GS :: 1.2 IP :: 1 H :: 2 BB :: 2 SO
A pure tune-up game for Minor before his debut.
Randall Delgado :: 2 GS :: 2 L :: 9.0 IP :: 10 H :: 8 R :: 5 ER :: 1 HR :: 6 BB :: 11 SO
Randall has struggled since being promoted to Double-A but the biggest problem has been his walks. Once he gets the walks under control I expect his numbers to come closer to his High-A numbers then his current.
Edward Salcedo :: 3 for 20 :: 2 R :: 1 BB :: 4 SO :: 3 CS
It hasn't been pretty for Edward either at the plate or in the field (I believe he has 17 Errors) but it only changes his timetable not his potential.
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Brandon Beachy :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Brandon was fine in his debut but his first start in Gwinnett was better, I think he has convince most that he can start.
2. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 6.0 IP :: 7 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 1 SO
Scott has had one bad start in Triple-A and since then has dominated, he isn't getting as many strikeouts as he was at Double-A but his improved stats might have a lot to do with an improved defense behind him.
3. Joe Thurston :: 8 for 24 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO :: 1 SB :: 1 CS
4. Craig Kimbrel :: 4 G :: 3 SV :: 4.0 IP :: 1 H :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Craig has struggled recently and really had trouble with his control, hopefully August will be a better month then July
5. Freddie Freeman :: 6 for 17 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 3 BB :: 7 SO :: 1 SB
What can you say about Freddie other then he has killed the ball since June, Freddie took two months to adjust to the level but since then has killed it putting up elite numbers in the form of .328/.399/.539.
Mississippi Braves Top 5
1. Jacob Thompson :: 2 GS :: 13.0 IP :: 13 H :: 4 BB :: 6 SO
Jacob has been great and I was wrong as I doubted his recent string of success could continue. I can't really pinpoint anything different in his stats with the only difference being he is giving up fewer hits and has kept the ball in the park (something he struggled with earlier). If he can continue this is just adds another possible starting pitcher to the Braves system.
2. Julio Teheran :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.2 IP :: 3 BB :: 7 SO
Julio is now on a strict pitch count it seems as he came out of the game at 95 pitches in the middle of an inning (no one was on base) with a no-hitter, good to see the Braves are being a little cautious with such a great arm.
3. Mauro Gomez :: 10 for 27 :: 5 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 4 RBI :: 8 SO
4. Tyrelle Harris :: 2 G :: 5.1 IP :: 2 H :: 2 BB :: 6 SO
Just another interesting relief arm for the Braves system.
5. Benino Pruneda :: 3 G :: 4.0 IP :: 1 H :: 3 BB :: 9 SO
If Benino can get his walks under control it will be another hard throwing relief arm that could be ready in the next 2 years.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5
1. Matt Crim :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 8.2 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 8 SO
2. Paul Clemens :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 1 H :: 9 SO
Clemens is a guy to watch very closely in the coming years as his scouting report projects well as either a starter (if he adds an another pitch) or reliever, Clemens has a a big time fastball that has touched the high-90s (97) but normally sits in the 92 to 95 range that he mixes well with a breaking ball that could continue to develop into a better pitch.
3. Brett Oberholtzer :: 1 G :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Another very interesting lefty arm for the Braves system.
4. Cory Rasmus :: 1 GS :: 6.0 IP :: 5 H :: 1 ER :: 2 BB :: 3 SO
Another interesting arm in the Braves system it is almost like that is a theme this week.
5. Gerardo Rodriguez :: 5 for 17 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 4 RBI :: 1 BB :: 3 SO
Rome Braves Top 5
1. Brett DeVall :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 9.0 IP :: 6 H :: 1 ER :: 4 SO
Brett has struggled this year but might be getting things right as his walks are down and strikeouts are up slightly. He still is a little bit hittable but with so many unearned runs it could be that his defense isn't exactly gold glove worthy and letting outs get down or through.
2. Willie Kempf :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 11.0 IP :: 13 H :: 4 R :: 3 ER :: 1 BB :: 9 SO
Willie has done great at every level but he has been old for pretty much every level he has been at and still is at Rome. Still it is good to see him continue to not walk anyone even as he advances levels.
3. Carlos Perez :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 4 H :: 3 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 3 SO
Carlos is another international arm that has a quality arm but has flyed under the radar, he sports a quality 90s fastball and developing breaking stuff. Watch him closely because if things start to click he could be in for a Teheran like rise.
4. Joe Leonard :: 8 for 25 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 3 BB :: 4 SO
Joe has shown the power he needs but hasn't shown the plate discipline to go with it. If he can start taking more walks he could become a very good looking position prospect.
5. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg :: 5 for 21 :: 2 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 4 RBI :: 4 BB :: 2 SO
Riaan hasn't shown the power that got him noticed last year but he has shown improved plate discipline.
Danville Braves Top 5
1. Aaron Northcraft :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 6 H :: 1 ER :: 3 SO
Aaron was an interesting high school arm last year but really struggled with control, this year he has really cleaned that up and has shown improvement in his ERA as well. He is a GB guy so if he can continue to command the ball well then he will find success.
2. Ryan Weber :: 1 GS :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 9 SO :: 8.00 GO/AO
Weber got demoted from Rome but from a stats point of view there wasn't any major flaw except the hits which could of been more the result of a bad defense (something that is critical for a GB pitcher) then him being bad.
3. Barrett Kleinknecht :: 9 for 27 :: 6 R :: 3 2B :: 1 HR :: 4 RBI :: 2 BB :: 2 SO :: 4 SB
Barrett finally walked this week, Barrett doesn't have great plate discipline but he does everything else at a decent level showing some speed, some power and decent contact ability. Hopefully he can keep those tools while developing some plate discipline.
4. Joseph Terdoslavich :: 9 for 20 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 4 RBI :: 2 BB :: 4 SO
5. Ronan Pacheco :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 ER :: 4 BB :: 4 SO
Matt Lipka :: 6 for 20 :: 2 R :: 2 BB :: 2 SO :: 2 SB
Randall Delgado :: 1 GS :: 1 L :: 4.0 IP :: 7 H :: 6 ER :: 1 HR :: 3 BB :: 1 SO
Randall has really struggled with Double-A and his biggest problem has been his control. Hopefully he can get it back on track soon.
Edward Salcedo :: 2 for 20 :: 2 R :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 7 SO
All the reports I read say the tools are there he just looks like he hasn't played a ton, still his upside is pretty big.
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Freddie Freeman :: 13 for 29 :: 5 R :: 5 2B :: 7 RBI :: 2 BB :: 3 SO
Freddie is just destroying the ball right now and is now hitting .309 and is slowly creeping towards a .900 OPS.
2. Brandon Beachy :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 12.0 IP :: 10 H :: 5 R :: 4 ER :: 1 BB :: 11 SO
The best part about what Beachy is doing is his control in 4 games (22.0 IP) he has only walked 3 batters while maintaining a strikeout an inning rate.
3. Scott Diamond :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 5.0 IP :: 1 H :: 4 SO :: 4.50 GO/AO
Scott had one bad start in Triple-A and has since been great, an improvement in defense likely has been the biggest reason why he has improved from Double-A to Triple-A. Diamond and Beachy are great guys to root for as both were undrafted free agents and have since really put themselves a position to excel.
4. Barbaro Canizares :: 7 for 18 :: 2 R :: 2 HR :: 4 RBI :: 5 BB :: 1 SO
5. Matt Young :: 9 for 31 :: 5 R :: 2 2B :: 2 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 SB :: 2 CS
Mississippi Braves Top 5
1. Julio Teheran :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 13.0 IP :: 8H :: 2 ER :: 1 BB :: 13 SO
Julio's first start looked like Delgado's as he struggled with control but ever since he has dominated Double-A. In three starts since his debut at the level he has only issued 4 BB total.
2. Mauro Gomez :: 8 for 25 :: 3 R :: 3 2B :: 1 HR :: 6 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SO
3. Tyler Pastornicky :: 6 for 19 :: 6 R :: 1 2B :: 5 RBI :: 5 BB :: 4 SO :: 4 SB
Tyler hit a cold streak in July but has started to hit better in the past week or so, even in his struggles though he showed good plate discipline.
4. Benino Pruneda :: 3 G :: 2.1 IP :: 2 H :: 4 SO
The little man with a big fastball has been very impressive in August so far, if Benino can start to show better control he could be a very good reliever.
5. Richard Sullivan :: 2 G :: 5.0 IP :: 1 BB :: 5 SO
Richard just continues to dominate as a reliever.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 5
1. Mycal Jones :: 8 for 22 :: 12 R :: 2 2B :: 4 HR :: 7 RBI :: 7 BB :: 4 SO :: 2 SB
Mycal was a monster this week but the biggest thing that I like isn't the power but the walks, if he can continue to show improved plate discipline he will climb up my prospect list.
2. J.J. Hoover :: 1 GS :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 7 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 HR :: 1 BB :: 8 SO
Hoover just continues to be a solid pitcher with a solid walk rate, solid K rate and a solid BAA, nothing wows you about Hoover but you could do a lot worse then him for a prospect.
3. Zeke Spruill :: 2 GS :: 2 W :: 1 CG :: 13.0 IP :: 13 H :: 4 ER :: 2 HR :: 10 SO
Zeke has comeback from his hand injury (self-inflicted) strong. If he can continue this and keep his head on straight he should quickly begin to be mentioned as a middle of the rotation starter.
4. Paul Clemens :: 1 GS :: 5.0 IP :: 5 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 2 SO
Clemens first 2 starts since returning to the rotation have been solid, he is a very interesting arm to watch in the coming years.
5. Mathew Kennelly :: 7 for 17 :: 2 R :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 2 SO
Rome Braves Top 3
1. Philip Gosselin :: 10 for 25 :: 6 R :: 1 2B :: 1 HR :: 5 RBI :: 2 BB :: 7 SO :: 2 CS
Gosselin is a guy that I really like even if he is a pure 2B his overall skills are all things I think can translate.
2. Matthew Weaver :: 9 for 20 :: 3 2B :: 3 RBI :: 1 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 CS
3. Steven Kent :: 2 G :: 5.2 IP :: 3 H :: 1 BB :: 7 SO
The lefty from down under has done an amazing job this year by striking out everyone while showing excellent control.
Danville Braves Top 5
1. Lucas La Point :: 1 G :: 1 W :: 6.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 R :: 9 SO
2. David Filak :: 2 GS :: 8.0 IP :: 7 H :: 2 ER :: 1 BB :: 8 SO
3. Elmer Reyes :: 8 for 25 :: 4 R :: 2 2B :: 1 HR :: 2 RBI :: 2 BB :: 6 SO
4. Joseph Terdoslavich :: 7 for 25 :: 4 R :: 2 HR :: 6 RBI :: 2 BB :: 5 SO :: 1 SB :: 2 CS
5. Aaron Northcraft :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 12.1 IP :: 9 H :: 4 R :: 3 ER :: 1 HR :: 5 BB :: 8 SO
Sorry I wasn't able to do one this week but just didn't have the time, will do one next week.
So because of missing last weeks this weeks numbers will be made up of the past 10 games for hitters and for pitchers any game in the past 2 weeks.
Randall Delgado :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 13.0 IP :: 11 H :: 7 ER :: 5 BB :: 12 SO
Randall continues to struggle (though his last outting was good) with his transition to Double-A.
J.J. Hoover :: 2 GS :: 1 W :: 1 L :: 9.2 IP :: 9 H :: 6 ER :: 1 HR :: 7 RBI :: 16 SO
J.J. moved up to Double-A recently and so far has had similar problem as Delgado.
Julio Teheran :: 2 GS :: 1 L :: 11.2 IP :: 10 H :: 6 ER :: 1 HR :: 7 BB :: 10 SO
Not really worried by his recent troubles because he is well over his career high in Innings and you would expect some trouble, hopefully all the extra work doesn't lead to injury.
Matt Lipka :: 9 for 35 :: 8 R :: 2 2B :: 2 3B :: 2 RBI :: 1 BB :: 5 SO :: 4 SB
Lipka finished out the season relatively strong, Lipka had a good first year in the majors showing okay discipline, impressive speed, and gap to gap power.
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Freddie Freeman :: 18 for 39 :: 12 R :: 4 2B :: 2 HR :: 11 RBI :: 5 BB :: 5 SO :: 2 SB
What can you say about Freddie after making adjustments in May (opening up his stance a little) he has put up an OPS over .900 every single month. Freddie now has an OPS over .900 for the season and in the month of August has put up the Triple slash line of .427/.468/.667, early on this season it looked like Freddie might need another year in the minors before being prepared to take over 1B but with this finish to the season I don't see how Wren and company don't give him the job.
2. Joe Thurston :: 16 for 38 :: 6 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 3 HR :: 12 RBI :: 4 BB :: 4 SO :: 1 CS
Joe has had an average year in Triple-A but he could be a decent back utility player should the Braves add him to the roster next month.
3. Matt Young :: 16 for 39 :: 14 R :: 4 2B :: 1 HR :: 3 RBI :: 4 BB :: 3 SO :: 11 SB
I have been a fan of Young for a while now, I don't think he will be brought up in September (though his added speed could be a good addition) but if the Braves get rid of Diaz or Melky I would love to see Young get a chance at a backup job next year.
4. Brandon Beachy :: 2 GS :: 11.2 IP :: 8 H :: 4 R :: 2 ER :: 1 HR :: 2 BB :: 12 SO
Brandon might have come out of nowhere for everyone but he has quickly gained a lot of respect, most now really believe he is a legit starting prospect and next year if the Braves have an injury in the rotation he will likely be the first one to get the call.
5. Wilkin Ramirez :: 13 for 39 :: 8 R :: 2 2B :: 1 3B :: 2 HR :: 10 RBI :: 3 BB :: 12 SO :: 2 SB
Wilkin is a former Tiger's prospect the Braves picked up before the trade deadline, Wilkin has good potential in the past showing good power with good speed but he has never made consistent contact and has always had problems with plate discipline, if the Braves can solve one of these problems then he could be a big help to this team.
Mississippi Braves Top 3
1. Mauro Gomez :: 13 for 42 :: 6 R :: 2 2B :: 3 HR :: 8 RBI :: 1 BB :: 10 SO :: 1 SB
2. Kyle Cofield :: 1 GS :: 4 G :: 10.0 IP :: 5 H :: 2 R :: 1 ER :: 1 BB :: 8 SO
Kyle has a good arm but his future at the major league level will likely be in the bullpen.
3. Erik Cordier :: 2 GS :: 4 G :: 2 W :: 15.0 IP :: 9 H :: 4 ER :: 1 HR :: 5 BB :: 13 SO
Erik's arm is major league quality but his control makes it very unlikely it will be anywhere else but the bullpen.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 3
1. Cory Rasmus :: 2 GS :: 10.0 IP :: 6 H :: 3 R :: 1 ER :: 5 BB :: 10 SO
Rasmus has done a really nice job coming back from arm injuries, Cory has the ability to be a starter but if he can develop the control to do so is going to be his biggest question.
2. Micheal Jones :: 14 for 40 :: 5 R :: 3 2B :: 3 RBI :: 3 BB :: 8 SO
3. L.V. Ware :: 9 for 32 :: 3 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 3 RBI :: 2 BB :: 8 SO :: 1 CS
Ware is a guy that has good speed but likely doesn't have the bat to make it very useful, he either needs to learn to walk more or start making consistent contact.
Rome Braves Top 5
1. Willie Kempf :: 1 GS :: 2 G :: 2 W :: 11.0 IP :: 6 H :: 1 ER :: 13 SO
Kempf just continues to deal, he is old for the levels he has been at but the numbers are hard to ignore. Kempf doesn't have overpowering stuff and relies more on movement and control, I am not sure if he can be a starter longterm but how he does next year (likely starting in High-A and ending in Double-A if he has success in Myrtle Beach) will tell people a lot about his potential going forward.
2. Ryan Weber :: 3 GS :: 1 W :: 19.1 IP :: 16 H :: 5 R :: 4 ER :: 7 BB :: 13 SO
Ryan really interests me, he has good control with a good sinker and good slider (last report I read can't find another one anywhere else) which result in a ton of GB. His extreme GB tendency, low walk rate and average strikeout rate are all an interesting combo considering his size. He is young so he has time to develop extra pitches but in my mind he is a guy that could be a sneaky starter.
3. David Francis :: 5 G :: 9.0 IP :: 2 H :: 3 BB :: 9 SO
Francis has a good arm but just hasn't been good this year which eventually got him a demotion to Rome, he is a decent little relief prospect to watch though.
4. Steven Kent :: 1 GS :: 2 G :: 6.0 IP :: 4 H :: 1 BB :: 9 SO
Kent is an Aussie who was signed all the way back in 2005, he has battled arm injuries the past two years but has really come back strong this year putting up some impressive numbers. He is still young and in the next 2 year will be a very interesting lefty reliever to watch.
5. Joseph Terdosalvich :: 13 for 39 :: 3 R :: 5 2B :: 5 RBI :: 1 BB :: 10 SO
Joseph has shown okay power and decent contact ability but doesn't have a great walk rate, Joseph isn't a great looking prospect right now but one you might keep an eye on in the future.
Danville Braves Top 5
1. Andrelton Simmons :: 17 for 37 :: 7 R :: 1 2B :: 1 3B :: 1 HR :: 7 RBI :: 3 BB :: 5 SB
Andrelton was announced as a pitcher during the draft but he convinced (or perhaps forced) the Braves to keep him at SS. Andrelton has shown flaws but has also shown good potential in the bat and when you combine that with what was reported to be good defense at SS and you have a interesting little prospect.
2. Ryan Delgado :: 14 for 39 :: 7 R :: 4 2B :: 2 HR :: 9 RBI :: 2 BB :: 9 SO
Ryan was the Braves 32nd round draft pick this year and so far has shown impressive power, of course like a lot of young hitters his plate walk rate leaves something to be desired.
3. Elmer Reyes :: 13 for 42 :: 7 R :: 5 2B :: 2 3B :: 4 RBI :: 2 BB :: 9 SO
A young man from Nicaragua he has shown impressive power but once again his plate discipline needs work.
4. Ian Marshall :: 1 GS :: 2 G :: 1 W :: 7.0 IP :: 3 H :: 1 R :: 2 BB :: 6 SO
5. Kyle Farell :: 3 GS :: 1 W :: 18.1 IP :: 19 H :: 8 R :: 6 ER :: 14 SO
Only names this week. The minor league season will come to an end next week so I will be doing a Top 10 Hitters and Pitchers list and I promise I will actually do it and not forget.
Gwinnett Braves Top 5
1. Scott Diamond
2. Brandon Beachy
3. Barbaro Canizares
4. Joe Thurston
5. Craig Kimbrel
Mississippi Braves Top 5
1. Randall Delgado
2. Jacob Thompson
3. Shawn McGill
4. Christian Colonel
5. J.J. Hoover
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Top 3
1. Brett Oberholtzer
2. Matthew Kennelly
3. Cody Johnson
Rome Braves Top 5
1. Steven Kent
2. Willie Kempf
3. David Francis
4. David Hale
5. Aaron Northcraft
2010 Top 10 Pitching Prospects of the Atlanta Braves
1. Julio Teheran :: 9 - 8 :: 24 GS :: 2.59 ERA :: 142.2 IP :: 108 H :: 45 R :: 41 ER :: 9 HR :: 40 BB :: 159 SO
Julio really started living up to his potential this year and climbed quickly starting in Rome and finishing the year in Mississippi. Teheran is blessed with an electric fastball but mixes in a curve and changeup, reports on his secondary stuff all sound good though of course there is still room for improvement.
I would guess he would start next year in Double-A and he could follow a similar pattern to Mike Minor, eventually ending up in Atlanta late in the year if an injury happens. If not then I won't be shocked if he is the 5th starter coming out of spring training in 2012.
2. Randall Delgado :: 7 - 12 :: 28 GS :: 3.30 ERA :: 161.0 IP :: 125 H :: 72 R :: 59 ER :: 9 HR :: 52 BB :: 162 SO
Delgado split time between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi, he put up very impressive numbers in High-A but struggled initially with Double-A giving up far to many walks. He shows 4 pitches right now, a 2-seamer in the 89 to 92 range with good movement, a 4-seamer that is in the low 90s, a quality changeup with good speed seperation, and a 12 to 6 Curve which likely needs the most work.
The struggles at Double-A in my mind make it a sure thing that he will start the season in Double-A again. I think if an injury happened in Atlanta others will be ahead of Randall but in 2012 I could see him cracking the rotation in some form.
3. Arodys Vizcaino :: 9 - 4 :: 17 GS :: 2.74 ERA :: 85.1 IP :: 79 H :: 34 R :: 26 ER :: 2 HR :: 12 BB :: 79 SO
Arodys season was a mixed one only because of the arm injuries, still it was an impressive debut for a guy that was the crown jewel of a major offseason trade. Right now Arodys only really has two pitches but both a very impressive, the first is a mid-90s fastball and the second is a power curveball that while inconsistent can be a very good pitch. He will also mix in his changeup which with his curveball will likely decide if he is a elite reliever or elite starting pitching prospect.
Arodys is well behind his fellow members of the Braves Big 3 and will have to avoid the injury bug, something which he has failed to do the last two season, but his potential to be an elite pitcher is clearly there. As a starter I think the soonest he could be in Atlanta in late 2012 but I am willing to bet it is a lot more likely 2013.
4. Brandon Beachy :: 5 - 1 :: 35 G :: 13 GS :: 1.73 ERA :: 2 SV :: 119.1 IP :: 93 H :: 34 R :: 23 ER :: 5 HR :: 28 BB :: 148 SO
A truly breakthrough year for Beachy splitting time between not just two levels (AA - AAA) but also starting and relieving. I am sure most saw his debut showing an 89 to 92 fastball, a good low 80s changeup and a solid curve.
Command is key for Beachy and one which will dictate his success as a starter at the major league level. I think he is ready for the majors and if he fails as a starter (or there is no space for him in the rotation) then a move to the bullpen could turn him into a great relief option.
5. J.J. Hoover :: 14 - 7 :: 28 GS :: 3.29 ERA :: 153.1 IP :: 141 H :: 64 R :: 56 ER :: 8 HR :: 50 BB :: 152 SO
J.J. had a perfectly above average putting up good numbers in Myrtle Beach and then finished in Mississippi with solid numbers (though the walk totals were to high). J.J. has a low 90s fastball, along with an average curve, slider, and changeup, none are great pitches but the solid mix add up to a good pitcher.
J.J. will start in Double-A forming an impressive top 3 of Teheran, Delgado, and Hoover. Hoover is another guy that I think in 2012 could be ready for Atlanta's rotation.
6. Steven Kent :: 2 - 0 :: 19 G :: 3 GS :: 0.69 ERA :: 1 SV :: 39.1 IP :: 27 H :: 4 R :: 3 ER :: 1 HR :: 8 BB :: 54 SO
Kent has been in the system since 2005 signing at 16. He has great potential and late this year got some starts. As reliever he could rocket through the system but if he can succeed as a starter that is clearly the way to go.
7. Carlos Perez :: 2 - 1 :: 8 GS :: 1.62 ERA :: 39.0 IP :: 28 H :: 17 ER :: 7 R :: 1 HR :: 17 BB :: 31 SO
He isn't impressive from a stats point of view but is very young and has an electric fastball with developing secondary stuff. He ended the year with a stress fracture in his non-throwing shoulder so there is nothing to worry about.
8. Paul Clemens :: 2 - 4 :: 35 G :: 8 GS :: 3.23 ERA :: 3 SV :: 94.2 IP :: 94 H :: 51 R :: 34 ER :: 6 HR :: 36 BB :: 91 SO
I'm betting I am listing him higher then most will/would but I really what I have read about him. He needs to add another pitch to be a successful starter in the future but his foundation of a mid-90s fastball and quality curve I believe will allow him to succeed at whatever position he settles into.
9. Andy Otero :: DNP
Andy didn't play this year thanks to an injury but the potential is there. He has a low-90s fastball that is pretty average but his curve is just filthy, he is a short little lefty so many will doubt his future as a starter but if he adds another pitch he could have a great future.
10. Ryan Weber :: 5 - 7 :: 26 G :: 12 GS :: 4.17 ERA :: 101.1 IP :: 106 H :: 59 R :: 47 ER :: 9 HR :: 17 BB :: 75 SO
This is a very bias pick because I really believe in Weber, he is an extreme GB pitcher putting up Tim Hudson type numbers. He has 3 pitches an 89 - 92 fastball with movement, a frisbee slider, and an average change, he is a small guy so there is no real projection left. If he can not walk to many and continue to develop while keeping his High GB% I really like his future.
2010 Top 10 Position Prospects of the Atlanta Braves
1. Freddie Freeman :: .319 BA :: 73 R :: 35 2B :: 2 3B :: 18 HR :: 87 RBI :: 43 BB :: 84 SO :: 6 SB :: 2 CS :: .378 OBP :: .521 SLG :: .898 OPS
After a down year in 2009 and a rocky two months in Triple-A this year it was looking like Freddie was rushed through the minors but a small adjustment to his stance (opening it up a little) helped launch Freddie on a path of destruction for the next 3 months. His swing is different from most with him choking up on the bat and using a short swing that sometimes gets compared to n Utley like swing, this does cause some problems on pitches away from him but if you make a mistake down and in he can show off some monster power. He also might be one of the best defensive 1B prospect in baseball showing very nice hands and smooth footwork at the position, the only negative I have heard is his range isn't great but that isn't a huge concern when you are a 1B.
I don't think there is any doubt Freddie, barring an injury, will be the Braves starting 1B come Opening Day but the question is will he be the sole owner of that spot. I wouldn't be shocked to see Eric Hinske back and having Prado get a start at 1B against a tough lefty isn't out of the question but for the most part I expect him to be at 1B the majority of the time. If I had to guess his triple slash line I think a realistic projection is .273/.339/.456.
2. Christian Bethancourt :: .251 BA :: 31 R :: 19 2B :: 2 3B :: 3 HR :: 34 RBI :: 14 BB :: 62 SO :: 11 SB :: 3 CS :: .276 OBP :: .331 SLG :: .607 OPS
This is where the prospect list goes to a lot more projection then anything else. Christian is a very young and talented kid who showed his youth this year. His bat has always been seen as projectable so his struggles aren't a terrible surprise, the good news is that reports later in the year wrote they saw growth in his ABs showing better patience and hitting the ball with more authority. His overall defense lacked with pitch calling and blocking the plate being problems but more games behind the plate should help with both of those problems, the one thing he got praised for across the board is his arm which is likely the best arm in the minors right now.
He should go back to the Sally to work on his offense and overall patience at the plate and if he can do that successfully he should finish the year in Lynchburg. In the longterm the Braves aren't likely to rush him with McCann at the major league level and I think 2013 is the earliest you could see him and there is a serious chance that he could get traded before that.
3. Edward Salcedo :: .225 BA :: 39 R :: 10 2B :: 5 3B :: 3 HR :: 27 RBI :: 29 BB :: 75 SO :: 14 SB :: 6 CS :: .307 OBP :: .333 SLG :: .640 OPS
This is another pure projection prospect, Edward really struggled but the fact he is playing against older competition and is adjusting to the culture difference I will give him a break for this first half of a year. Edward has a ton of projection and like several young prospects has to make adjustments in the plate discipline area, once/if he does that he could explode with the bat. He really struggled with defense this year I believe making 35 Errors while most will try and gleam something from this I really don't look into defensive stats because there are to many variables one being the condition of the fields which can be really up and down from what I understand.
Similar to Christian a trip back to Rome makes sense and like Christian could finish the season in Lynchburg. If Edward had come to the States and was a monster the Braves could have easily rushed him with the need for a SS, if Edward can turn on the jets I could see him rocket through the majors perhaps even reaching the majors some time in 2012 but I think it is far more likely he is in Atlanta in 2013.
4. Matt Lipka :: .288 BA :: 34 R :: 8 2B :: 4 3B :: 1 HR :: 25 RBI :: 15 BB :: 24 SO :: 21 SB :: 3 CS :: .344 OBP :: .380 SLG :: .723 OPS
I am a huge fan of Lipka and loved his opening season even if it came in the GCL. His walks weren't at a very high number but with the strikeouts also being so low I believe it shows real room to grow, the really impressive thing has to be his speed which was seen as a plus tool. I have seen guys have huge SB numbers in the GCL before but you can easily rack those up with speed alone so how he does in Danville or Rome next year will be a true test of his actual baserunning ability. I have heard he isn't likely going to be a SS in the future but most believe a move to CF or 2B could be made and given his ability I really like his potential.
Lipka could start in Rome but I am betting he goes the extended Spring Training till Danville starts spending the majority of his time there. When he will be up in the majors is a total guess because he is so raw and far away right now so I will go with 2014.
5. Cory Harrilchak :: .287 BA :: 60 R :: 26 2B :: 8 3B :: 3 HR :: 47 RBI :: 45 BB :: 69 SO :: 22 SB :: 15 CS :: .354 OBP :: .400 SLG :: .754 OPS
I am bias because I am a big fan of Cory and his abilities, Cory showed good gap power while also showing quality on-base ability. He can steal bases but unless he shows better instincts on the basepath because he gets caught far to much. Reviews on his defense are mixed saying he has decent range but an average at best arm, he has mainly split time between RF and CF if he can show the ability to stick in CF I think he could easily become the likely CFer of the future. Schafer better watch out or get his *** in gear because Harrilchak might be nipping at his heels soon.
Cory will go to the AFL and if he performs well I could potentially see him skipping Lynchburg and going straight to Mississippi because the higher levels are seriously lacking for OF talent. The future could be quick for Cory (of course depending entirely on how he performs) with him potentially being ready by the end of 2011 but more likely sometime in 2012.
6. Mycal Jones :: .262 BA :: 83 R :: 31 2B :: 2 3B :: 15 HR :: 61 RBI :: 43 BB :: 123 SO :: 22 SB :: 7 CS :: .327 OBP :: .421 SLG :: .747 OPS
Mycal has a lot of tools to like but the one thing I will continue to dislike is his plate discipline, he strikeouts far to much for the type of hitter he is (a leadoff/number 2 hitter). He also struggled with Errors in the same way as Edward racking up 43 Errors total, the good news is he recently talked about working at a bunch of different positions trying to become a similar player to Martin Prado and Omar Infante which is great. Mycal is right on the cusp of being a guy I love but his plate discipline is keeping me away from fully jumping on the bandwagon.
7. Philip Gosselin :: .279 BA :: 28 R :: 10 2B :: 4 3B :: 2 HR :: 24 RBI :: 25 BB :: 58 SO :: 7 SB :: 3 CS :: .353 OBP :: .379 SLG :: .732 OPS
Philip is pretty much a pure 2B which limits his upside but I still like what I saw of him in the College World Series, he showed some gap power, a little speed, and solid plate discipline. I don't think he will ever be a star but a solid starting 2B in my mind isn't out of the question.
8. Todd Cunningham :: .260 BA :: 32 R :: 9 2B :: 3 3B :: 1 HR :: 20 RBI :: 14 BB :: 30 SO :: 7 SB :: 4 CS :: .341 OBP :: .338 SLG :: .679 OPS
Another guy I like because of the things I have read about him, while he was announced as a 3B at the draft he has played exclusively in the OF. He still has a more room to grow mainly in the walk rate and power department. I am interested to see where he starts and if it is Lynchburg it will be interesting to see how he develops at a higher level.
9. Adam Milligan :: .200 BA :: 13 R :: 3 2B :: 0 3B :: 4 HR :: 8 RBI :: 9 BB :: 35 SO :: 2 SB :: 0 CS :: .277 OBP :: .376 SLG :: .653 OPS
Milligan is Cody Johnson 2.0, he sadly got injured this year so no one got to see what he would do with a full year in High-A. If he can get back healthy next year and start to show some real growth in the plate discipline area he could fly up this list, of course that is a big if.
10. Kyle Rose :: .267 BA :: 54 R :: 8 2B :: 3 3B :: 0 HR :: 26 RBI :: 29 BB :: 70 SO :: 29 SB :: 23 CS :: .338 OBP :: .309 SLG :: .647 OPS
Rose is the opposite of Milligan having all the speed in the world but needs to grow in the plate discipline and baserunning instincts with the vast majority of his CS being on pickoffs. If he can develop into Shane Victorino type or more of a Micheal Bourn type is completely up to him.