Digging deep for #Braves bright spots

For the first time in awhile, it looks as if the Braves drafted some bona fide big league talent. For a kid who’s pitched just six professional innings, top pick Kolby Allard has raised a lot of hopes, striking out 12, walking none and allowing one hit. It’s the smallest of sample sizes but it’s…

KLaw: #Braves have ‘handshake agreement’ with ‘the next elite prospect’

I’m not going to try and explain the international signing process, which has spurred a flurry of transactions involving the likes of Cody Martin and 2014 2nd round pick Garrett Fulenchek. The objective, beyond signing 16-year-old prospects Cristian Pache, an OF with power potential, and speedy SS Derian Cruz, is to avoid exceeding their bonus pool…

#Braves Farm Report: Second look edition

Mike Foltynewicz takes the mound tonight, his second start since his demotion. He was awful in his first start, and there’s been some chatter that he may not be the hardest of workers. I’m still bullish on Folty, who one month ago today, hurled a gem against Milwaukee, allowing one run, three hits and one…

#Braves Farm Report: Speed to burn

For years we’ve been clamoring for the Braves to add speed. Since Rafael Furcal stole 46 bases in 2005 only three Bravos have stolen more than 20 bases: Michael Bourn (22 in 2011; 42 in ’12), Jay Hey (21 in ’12, 20 in ’14) and Melvin Jr. (20 in ’14). This year’s team is equally…

Hard to find silver linings for #Braves

Their top two starters are struggling. The bullpen is imploding. And A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to hit .400 all season long. It gets worse. Folty is the only one of the organization’s top prospects pitching worth a damn. Matt Wisler got lit up again tonight and now has a 6.75 ERA. Manny Banuelos has a…

A line score worth savoring

Gwinnett Braves Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Mike Foltynewicz (L, 0-2) 8.0 3 1 1 1 9 0 1.62 Totals 8.0 3 1 1 1 9 0 3.09 The Braves would do well to keep Folty in Gwinnett a while longer, let him string some quality starts together. But this is…

Down on the farm

Mallex Smith, the speedy CF prospect acquired in the Justin Upton trade, is having no problems adjusting to Double-A pitching. batting .361 with 6 steals and a .400 OBP. The idea of Smith and Peraza atop the Braves line-up is a tantalizing one, though Jose is off to a bit of a slow start, however,…

Nine who got away

(originally posted 2012)  The Braves haven’t always been judicious about which prospects they dealt. Here’s 9 prospects the Braves traded away with little to show for it (hence the absence of Jason Schmidt, who brought Denny Neagle to Atlanta).

Braves 2.016

No team has assembled more young  talent at the big league level than the Bravos, but a variety of missteps — including some questionable draft picks — has left the farm system bereft of prospects. They have some useful parts, but only two potential difference-makers. Three, if Christian Bethancourt learns how to hit, and there’s…

Where’s Randall Delgado?

He’s at Reno, pitching horribly. Randall has 0 wins and a 9.09 ERA in 8 starts with a 1.933 WHIP. As for the other prospects shipped to Arizona: *Zeke Spruill has struggled since his promotion from Double-A Mobile, striking out only 6 in 18 IP. *Don’t expect Nick Ahmed to get promoted any time soon —…

Who replaces Avilan?

Losing Luis hurts. But his injury doesn’t appear as bad as it looked — just a left hamstring strain, according to the great Jerome Jurenovich, though he’ll be re-examined tomorrow. Even the bad news is good for these Braves. Still, Avilan is likely to miss a month, at best. Possible replacements: If he was on…

Teheran, Delgado inspiring little confidence

June, when Brandon Beachy is expected to return to full health, may not come fast enough for the Braves, who are counting on prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran to fill the 5th spot in the rotation. I’ve been high on Delgado but was a little troubled by his mediocre performance after being demoted to…

White Bear

#Braves LF/C hopeful Evan Gattis just hit another HR (4) for Aguilasin Venezuela. I’m told his teammatesthere call him “White Bear.” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) October 27, 2012 Evan Gattis rarely comes up in any discussion of what to do if/when Brian McCann leaves the organization but maybe he should. He mashes wherever he goes,…

Julio Teheran returning to form?

The Braves top prospect isn’t all the way back, but there’s signs of progress. On Aug. 14 he pitched 8 dazzling innings, striking out nine and allowing just one run. He repeated those numbers Saturday night, though in his previous start he didn’t make it out of the third, allowing 7 runs. Don’t be surprised…

Filling the game-less days

Listened to a Baseball Prospectus podcast yesterday, and it was right good. BP is known for sabermetrics, I guess, but the hosts, Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks, offered a nice blend of stats and older school viewpoints, and even a little humor. They sound like they actually like to get out and see players, you know,…

Tomorrow’s prospect today

Baseball America reports on a 17-year-old southpaw off to a promising start in the minors: • Luis Merejo, lhp, Braves: When we reviewed Atlanta’s 2011 international signings(subscription required), we tabbed Merejo as the sleeper of the group. Signed for $65,000 last October, Merejo earned an aggressive assignment to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and has not disappointed. Through…

Zack Greinke to the Braves?

Bowman writes that a trade for Milwaukee’s ace is a very real possibility, with the Braves then signing Greinke, whose agent is NOT Scott Boras) long-term. There’s many reasons to endorse a Greinke trade. He’ll be 29 on Opening Day. He’s topped 200 innings three times and is on pace to do so again. The…

Braves pursuing top Cuban prospect

This qualifies as a pleasant surprise — according to Buster Olney, the Braves are making a serious push to land Cuban uber-prospect Jorge Soler, a 19-year-old right-handed hitting slugger who projects as a corner outfielder with big power and plus defensive skills. The second round of bids is due this weekend, with the price tag expected…

A sign of the Braves’ shifting philosophy?

Last year’s #1 draft pick, Sean Gilmartin — 3.16 ERA, 1.156 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 at Mississippi — has 3 complete games this season, equal to the total of last year’s A-Braves rotation.