First half report: Bats and gloves
McCann C+. His strong last week upped the grade from a C, and his second half will go a long way towards determining whether the Braves should sign him up long term. Tough call, but I’d lean toward …
Bourn A. The game’s best lead-off hitter. Period. We went years without one and have no candidates in the farm system to supplant him in CF. He must be re-signed, but I fear we’ll see him in a Nats’ uni next season.
Chipper A. The dude’s leading the Braves in OPS. So much for worries (I’m among the guilty) that he was overstaying his welcome.
Freddie B-. A little too aggressive at the plate, but you can’t quibble with his production. Expect a big second half.
Uggla C-. His defenders point to his .355 OBP and 46 RBI, productive numbers for a middle infielder. But to me, he’s the Derek Lowe of the offense with a salary to match.
Martin A-. What can’t he do? About time FW locked him up long-term.
Jay Hey B+. Whew. The future face of the franchise was starting to look like a bust but has rediscovered his the stroke that will make him a star. He’ll finish the year with an OPS nearing .900 and 30 homers.
Andrelton A-. Outstanding defensively, of course, but who knew he’d be such a force at the plate. Dare I say the name Davey Concepcion?
David Ross B+. He’s not just the game’s best back-up catcher, he’s its best reserve. Period.
Hinske, Diaz, Wilson, et al. D-. Just awful.
Plus defenders at each of the OF positions and at SS. Average at the corners and catcher, below average at second.