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Updated: 2017-12-15T16:37:23-05:00

 



Braves announce minor league coaching staffs for 2018

2017-12-15T16:37:23-05:00

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Just in case you were wondering who was going to be running the shown down on the farm.

“Staffs” always feels like a weird word to me. It feels like it should be “staves,” but I think that’s the plural that applies to the type of staff that’s a stick, and not the type of staff that’s a bunch of people.

Anyway, the Braves have announced their minor league coaching staves staffs for the 2018 season:

We currently have no indications as to what teams would be interested in Gomez’s services if any, but the timing of Bowman’s tweet seems telling that there could be a little action on the trade market soon after what has been a very slow Winter Meetings this year.

In the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft (without the same major league roster implications as the major league portion), the Braves selected catcher Skyler Ewing from the Giants with their first selection. Ewing has hit for some decent power as a catcher and was the Giants’ 6th round pick in the 2014 draft.

The Braves then selected shortstop Tyler Smith from the Rangers again in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Smith has moved around a bit on waiver claims since being the Mariners’ 8th round pick in 2013, but he does have a little bit of MLB experience and performed reasonably well at the plate before a down year in 2017.




Winter Meetings/Rule 5 Draft open thread

2017-12-14T08:30:03-05:00

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Discuss all of today’s rumors here.




Atlanta Braves News and Links: It’s about to get a little drafty in Orlando

2017-12-14T08:00:10-05:00

The Rule 5 Draft is today, the final day of the Winter Meetings. The Braves could be active on that front, as well as in the trade and free agent markets, so stay tuned. BRAVES NEWS Previewing the 2017 Rule 5 Draft for the Atlanta Braves Our own Eric Cole previews the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place today in Orlando. The Braves could opt to make a selection, though as with all Rule 5 picks, expectations should be tempered. Atlanta selected RHP Armando Rivero from the Cubs a year ago, but he was released earlier this offseason. Rule 5 targets that might actually stick on a roster When evaluating players for the Rule 5 Draft, you can spend hours sifting through a myriad of players with extensive flaws. After all, these players are not being protected for a reason, so finding players who can actually stick on a major league roster is no small task. Thankfully, Ivan did a lot of this dirty work and compiled it into a piece that highlights the best of the best from this year’s Rule 5-eligible player pool. Read up on some of the more intriguing names before the draft takes place on Thursday. Nick Burdi (Minnesota) - has been discussed in Braves circles here and there for various reasons. Had TJS in June, so he’s definitely a stash type, but unlike some of the other injured guys the Braves have snagged in Rule 5s recently, he’s very raw and has only 104 professional innings under his belt. He’d be a fun guy to add to the system and watch pitch, but like the other guys in this list, expectations should be low. He’s much higher risk, and potentially higher reward, though. Brian Snitker on Braves’ 2018 rotation, Ronald Acuña Braves manager Brian Snitker was very candid on Wednesday, providing some insight as to how he views the starting rotation, which young pitchers will be given opportunities in Spring Training, and the impending Ronald Acuna situation to be resolved this Spring. MLB NEWS Cardinals acquire All-Star Ozuna from Marlins The Marlins traded another star on Wednesday as the club is in the midst of yet another fire sale. This trade, much like the Stanton deal, left many evaluators with the belief that Miami was once again shortchanged in regards to the talent coming back. Time will tell, but the Marlins may be in for another long, long road to contention. Angels land Kinsler in deal with Tigers The Angels have been busy this offseason, signing a couple of talented young players, one of whom used to be a Braves farmhand, and building some semblance of a prospect base. Now they have acquired their starting second baseman in Ian Kinsler, who will team with Andrelt- you know what, let’s just move on. A's reportedly acquire Piscotty from Cards This story is a bit more complicated than the surface information would indicate, which is that the Oakland A’s acquired a very talented outfielder in Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals. Much of the motivation for sending Piscotty to the Bay Area is to allow the 26-year-old to be close to his mother, who was diagnosed with ALS last year. Good for Stephen and nice job by the Cardinals and A’s. [...]



Rule 5 targets that might actually stick on a roster

2017-12-13T14:00:01-05:00

Lots of Rule 5 selections get returned. Which ones might stick? The Rule 5 draft is a funny thing. It occurs just as the offseason is ramping up, and the deadline to protect potentially-eligible players happens even earlier, making the roster moves that precede it the subject of heightened focus. In the end, though, the Rule 5 draft just isn’t that important: only about one percent of seasonal production (in terms of WAR) is accrued by players acquired via the Rule 5 draft. Part of the reason why Rule 5 production is so hard to come by is because the specific rules about eligibility make it very difficult for a worthwhile player to stick through the cracks. Not only does an eligible player somehow have to be left off his team’s 40-man roster, but he also needs to last an entire season with his new team, wearing a major league uniform and eating up a valuable 25-man roster spot every single game. Each of those, alone, is a hurdle. Together, they present a challenge. If you’re interested in such things, I’m sure you’ve read all sorts of previews about potential Rule 5 draft targets in the past few days. In thinking about this particular avenue of player acquisition, I’ve tried to flip the script: I’m focusing not on the exciting, toolsy guys that are good prospects, but rather, something more blase: the guys that might actually stick on a 25-man roster for an entire season. Again, these guys aren’t highly-rated prospects. Organizations probably won’t sweat losing these guys, which is part of the reason why they weren’t protected to begin with. Still, there might be something of interest in the list below... or not. Brad Keller (Arizona) - nothing special righty starter, but the Braves just used Luke Jackson in the bullpen for a full season and as such, you get the idea. Victor Reyes (Arizona) - former Brave farmhand, probably won't do much but focuses on contact and has no pop, so would probably be a weak hitter; problem is that the Braves have way too many ineffectual fourth/fifth outfielder candidates as it is. Kyle Martin (Boston) - change-up-focused righty reliever, is pretty much the type of generic middle relief guy that exists in every system; there’s no real reason to take him, but he exists. Charcer Burks (Chicago Cubs) - hit well at AA with little pop, fast-type fourth/fifth outfielder who hasn’t really had the experience of failing miserably while moving up a level yet. Trevor Clifton (Chicago Cubs) - seems like he should be better than he is given his stuff, but the Braves could take the righty and bury him in a mop-up role in the hopes that he can figure out the whole pitching as a starter thing later. Chesny Young (Chicago Cubs) - if a team really wants to use its Rule 5 spot on a utility infielder that may not be able to ever hit in the majors, I guess. Jordan Guerrero (Chicago White Sox) - can be buried as a LOOGY with pretty good control and then go back to starting, but upside seems likely limited so unclear why anyone would commit the roster spot to him. Nick Longhi (Cincinnati) - this is actually a wacky idea since he underwent TJS despite being a 1B/OF type, so a team could stash him, but probably too dangerous to do so because he’d have to learn to hit at the major league level after recovering. James Farris (Colorado) - big uptick in velocity after he stopped starting, and was really good as a reliever until crashing in AAA last year. Righty reliever with some upside, but still just a reliever and probably won’t be a great one. Harrison Musgrave (Colorado) - very generic lefty pitchability type, like potentially-worse Sean Gilmartin; could perhaps survive a season in the bullpen. Adam Ravenelle (Detroit) - basically Mauricio Cabrera redux, with a huge arm but no real ability to do anything with it. Maybe he gets better major league coaching on the fly and develops into an asset, but might be really painful if he doesn’t due to some egregious minor league walk rates and the fac[...]



Brian Snitker on Braves’ 2018 rotation, Ronald Acuña

2017-12-13T12:30:02-05:00

Snitker met with the media on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker met with the media Wednesday morning at the Winter Meetings and discussed a number of topics including the 2018 starting rotation and top prospect Ronald Acuña. The rotation remains a fluid situation but as things stand now, there will likely be a healthy competition for the fifth starters spot come spring training. Well, from where we ended last year Folty, Teheran, Gohara, Newcomb and then we're going to look for, probably look for a five. And there's going to be competition throughout the whole club this year, I think. I don't know that that -- we have some options in guys. Sims came up and I thought did a pretty good job. We saw Max Fried. There's some other, the young guys, the Sorokas, Allards, guys like that that are going to be in camp. It's going to be a fun Spring Training for us because we're going to get to see a lot of these guys that we have been talking about and now they're kind of burst on the scene and we'll see where they're at. Those plans could change if the team goes out and acquires a veteran starter whether that is a veteran to help buy the young guys a bit more time or a top of the rotation type arm. There were rumblings before the Winter Meetings began that the Braves might make Julio Teheran available but that might be unlikely unless they have the inside track on bringing in another veteran pitcher to replace him. As far as the fifth spot in the rotation goes, Snitker wasn’t ready to divulge if there was a favorite saying that things could change between now and spring training. We'll just wait and see. I don't know that I have a preference. We got a long way to go until Spring Training, so who knows what might happen. Those are all names, those are guys that are in our organization now and ones that we'll look to, barring any trades or anything. Snitker did indicate that both Matt Wisler and Aaron Blair would likely be given the opportunity to compete for the fifth starters spot but one or both could end up transitioning to relievers. Well, I don't know. Right now I think that both -- again, I did mention those guys, those guys will be in the fifth starter mix, both of those guys and we'll kind of see probably where they fit, whether it's starting, out of the pen, and just the best chance to help our club is the biggest thing I think is how we can utilize those guys to help us win games and where that is if that's starting, if that's relieving, we'll just see how the team shakes out and sets up as we go through the spring. In regards to Acuña, it sounds like he made an impression on Snitker during his limited time with the Braves in spring training last season. Snitker was clear that Acuña would be given an opportunity early on. Oh yeah, absolutely. I said last year, when they would send him over, I was like, if you want this kid to have a breather, don't send him because I'm playing him. He probably made our club out of Spring Training last year by fence-jumping. He's an exciting kid. It's going to be exciting again to get him in our camp this year. When pressed further, Snitker said that he was most impressed by the adjustments that Acuña was able to make on the fly along with his defensive ability. Well, I think he's just has to do what he does. I mean, like I say, last year he came in as a very impressive young man, I was most impressed about the adjustments he would make on the fly and in at-bats and again the kid's skill set defensively, what he brings offensively, the potential is going to be really good. We'll get him down there and he'll be part of the mix and see where he's at. [...]