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  • 10 Impressive Braves Players

    I thought I would post about 10 guys that have impressed me so far this season. I would also like to here some of the guys that have impressed you. (Minors or Majors are fine and I tried not to include veteran guys)

    1. Yunel Escobar - At first I heard that his defense was a question mark but he has cured me of any doubts about that. The other thing that impresses me about him is his power, I know he only has 3 HRs but I really didn't expect him to even have that many at the end of the first month.

    2. Jair Jurrjens - We have all been really impressed by him and his ability to go more then 5 innings consistently (so far) at such a young age. Some reports I read said don't expect Jair to be a good SO guy but he has had a great ratio at 25.1 IP to 21 SO.

    3. Blaine Boyer - I have to apologize to Blaine as I had serious doubts about him and didn't want him to make the team. Blaine has done great, take out two out of his 10 games he pitched in he would have given up no runs and only two hits. His control has been much better then last year at Richmond and his stuff is good enough to be a great relief pitcher.

    4. Jorge Campillo - I go on a lot of boards and many on one Braves board were critical of bringing up Campillo instead of some other youngers guys. What did he do to answer those people just go 7 innings, allow 1 hit and strikeout 5. Now these stats might not be likely to continue but in a tough spot Campillo has come up done his job and has done it well.

    5. Thomas Hanson (P, Myrtle Beach) - All you can say about this kids start is Wow. He has pitched 22 IP and has 32 SO to go with those, he hasn't given up a earned run and only has allowed 6 walks and 5 hits. If he keeps this up he and Rohrbough will be competing for who is the best pitching prospect for the Braves.

    6. Jason Heyward (OF, Rome) - Last years 1st round pick has made the pick look pretty good so far. At this point he is hitting .323, though his power is down and strikeouts are a little high that is nothing you wouldn't expect from a 18 year old. What has really impressed me is his base stealing, though I read he could steal some bases I didn't expect him to have 7 in 17 games for a kid his size. Heyward is looking like the real deal right now and as he gets stronger and smarter he may make the Braves Front Office looks great.

    7. Jo-Jo Reyes (P, Richmond) - I really like Jo-Jo and think he could be a very good pitcher he if gets his control in order and so far he has done that. Pitching in 3 games he has 14 IP under his belt and has struck out 18. His walk total is 5 and he hasn't given up a run so far. I think the Braves would prefer if Jo-Jo got some more time with Guy Hansen but if needed Jo-Jo could be making an impact on this team when needed.

    8. Gorkys Hernandez (OF, Myrtle Beach) - The other guy in the Edgar Renteria trade that netted a fellow guy on this list. Gorkys has been impressive so far at Myrtle with a .292 BA and has showed his speed with 5 steals. His speed has also been on display with 4 Triples and decent power with 2 HRs. Though many think Jair was the best piece in this trade I won't be shocked if Gorkys is actually the best player in this deal.

    9. Steve Evarts (P, Rome) - Evarts is another good lefty starting pitcher that should be one of the higher regarded SP in the Braves Minors. He has pitched in 3 G and gone 18 IP but the main thing that has impressed is his 14 SO to his 1 BB. Evarts right now has shown good control and good talent that should help him advance through the minors, how he meets those new levels will be critical to how he will be seen in the future.

    10. Phil Stockman (P, Richmond) - Another Aussie reliever that is a fireballer that could help should the bullpen suffer any mroe loses. Coming back from a major injury doesn't seem to have stopped his talent and at 6'8 he is a monster of a man. So far he has 11.2 IP, 4 H, 4 BB and 14 SO. I would be shocked if this big Aussie does not see the majors some time this year. (Then we can have the Dynamic Duo from Down Under)

    Well those are mine I would love to see who has impressed you guys.
    Extend Prado!!!

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    did you notice how jair's windup is very similar to smoltz's? coincidence? also, I have been impressed with campillo too. I wonder if his stuff is that good or just not much of a scouting report on him yet. It does appear that the braves have plenty of arms in the minors, especially the AAA. I saw a few live arms during saturday's day. The starter looked a little randy johnson-ish. I think his name was rouwenhorst.

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    • #3
      I think you have to have Blanco in there. The kid does nothing but hit. This year he is batting .462 in the chances he has been given. He also continues to play good defense. He gives the Braves a shot on the base paths.

      And about Jo Jo Reyes, he apparently has found the groove:
      At AAA he has posted a 1-0 with a 0.43 ERA. He had 20 scoreless innings before finally giving up a run. He has 24 strikeouts compared to just 6 walks. He will probably be likely to see some big league action if he continues to be dominant.
      Last edited by BravesFanForever; 04-25-2008, 08:09 PM.
      "I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown." -Hank Aaron

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      • #4
        I agree about Blanco.

        Anybody who has seen Reyes pitch, especially down the stretch last season, knows he's got killer stuff. I really hope he can get it together.

        And Stockman's been called up, with Chuck James going back to Richmond. No need for a 5th starter for a couple of weeks, so they wanted to add 'pen depth and have Chuck take a regular turn. I'll be interested to see Phil work.
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        • #5
          reyes has been hitting his stride the last couple of starts. Might be taking a spot from ring or resop, despite them being out of options. Those two have not been very good.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chip&smoltz95 View Post
            did you notice how jair's windup is very similar to smoltz's? .
            Interesting you noticed his delivery. I have also noticed a change in delivery from another young Braves pitcher thus far. Chuckie James.

            In years past he has pretty much used a frankenstein sort of slide step delivery, regardless of whether men were on base or not. This season though, he seems to have refined it...if not even totally overhauled it.

            I know he has been dinged around a few times this year but he has also done well for us on occasion...and he started the year hurt. Who really knows how healthy he actually is right now.

            My problem with James has been his reluctance to work on other pitches...against the advice of both major and minor league coaches.

            Hopefully his willingness to reinvent his delivery will lead to better things in the future for him. :crossfingers:

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            • #7
              Just that quickly, Stockman got sent down when Lillibridge was called up to start for Yunel. Hope he at least got to walk around in the clubhouse for a few minutes.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jadarm1 View Post

                My problem with James has been his reluctance to work on other pitches...against the advice of both major and minor league coaches.

                Hopefully his willingness to reinvent his delivery will lead to better things in the future for him. :crossfingers:

                Yea, that seems to be the consensus with him. For that reason, I don't know how much longer he will be a brave.

                Originally posted by Los Bravos View Post
                Just that quickly, Stockman got sent down when Lillibridge was called up to start for Yunel. Hope he at least got to walk around in the clubhouse for a few minutes.
                Yea, that was crazy. I was at friday's richmond braves game wondering why he wasn't in there closing the game. Then he gets sent up and called down basically the same day.

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