Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 3

February 28, 2017 Andy Harris 0

At last we come to the end of the Braves System Depth series, looking at the most volatile and unpredictable part of any farm system -- lower level relievers. The line between minor league relief pitcher and car salesman is a thin one, and most major league relievers were actually starting pitchers at the lower minor…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 2

February 22, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The mid-level minor league affiliates are awash in relievers taken in the middle to late rounds of the 2015 and 2016 drafts as the Braves have done a really nice job scouring smaller colleges to fill out their minor league bullpens with intriguing arms. While there will be the usual amount of minor league free…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 1

February 18, 2017 Andy Harris 0

It's the bottom of the ninth for my review of Braves system depth leading up to the start of Grapefruit League action. Next up I'll be looking at the Braves relief pitchers, and Part 1 will examine the pitchers I project for the Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves. Over the last two seasons an astounding 52…

Braves System Depth: Starting Pitching, Part 3

February 10, 2017 Andy Harris 2

We don't want a window, we want waves. -John Coppolella, General Manager of the Atlanta Braves This is the third and final part of my look at the Braves organizational starting pitching depth, this time focusing on the lower minor league levels, class A Rome and the rookie league Danville Braves. As with the other…

Braves System Depth: Starting Pitchers, Part 2

February 7, 2017 Andy Harris 1

Definition of a good problem to have: the Braves have so much talent in the minor leagues that it's difficult to find spots for everyone. As the saying goes, these things have a tendency to take care of themselves, but here in early February with no injuries and no poor performances it's a tough job to…

Braves System Depth: Starting Pitching, Part 1

February 3, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Moving on from the position players, we go to the area of the most tremendous depth of any team in the league, the Braves pitching organizational depth. Starting pitching should be a strength up and down the organization. As with the position players I will be indicating the five starters I anticipate seeing at the…

Braves System Depth: Third Base

January 30, 2017 Andy Harris 0

For 22 glorious years from 1991 though 2012, the Braves averaged over 4 fWAR per season from the third base position thanks to Terry Pendleton, Martin Prado, and especially future Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones (and not thanks to Vinny Castilla, but no one ever talks about that). In the four years since Jones's retirement, the Braves…

Braves System Depth: Catcher

January 27, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Despite being the beneficiaries of Tyler Flowers' best offensive season of his career and a surprisingly effective late-season contribution from Anthony Recker, the catcher position amassed only 0.9 fWAR in 2016, good for 21st out of 30 teams in MLB. This was largely due to the monumental ineffectiveness of A.J. Pierzynski last year. Pierzynski will…

Braves System Depth: Second Base

January 23, 2017 Andy Harris 0

While the addition and emergence of Dansby Swanson has solidified shortstop, the other side of the double play pivot has a few more questions around it going into 2017, but also prospect with a tremendous amount of potential on the cusp of the majors. ATLANTA BRAVES STARTER: Sean Rodriguez While Rodriguez is listed as a back-up…

Braves System Depth: Right Field

January 20, 2017 Andy Harris 0

For the last two seasons, right field has been manned by Nick Markakis, Professional Hitter. This arrangement will likely continue for 2016 as there doesn't seem to be a potential right-fielder knocking on the door. However, Markakis's good reputation around the league and his relatively affordable contract make him a perennial trade candidate. ATLANTA BRAVES…

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