How about Minor or Beachy, McLouth, Schafer and Delgado to Houston for Pence(LF – 4 or 5) and Bourn(CF – leadoff)?
Pence/Bourn (.321/.361/9HR/51RBI/4SB/0CS, .284/.353/1HR/25RBI/32SB/3CS – P 100%, B 91.4%, total SB 36) is definitely an upgrade vs McLouth/Schafer (.233/.328/3HR/11RBI/2SB/2CS, .231/.310/1HR/4RBI/8SB/4CS – SB%: M 50%, S 67%, total SB 10).
Swap Bourn for Schafer in leadoff (better BA, still has speed and proven base stealing experience at ML level). Slide Pence into 4/5 depending on RH/LH pitcher so he and McCann can protect each other (and have someone to clean-up when McCann sits) – leaves Heywood at 2, Chipper at 3, moves Freddie back to 6, Uggla 7 and Gonzo 8.
So far, we have no information that Prado will be back wiith the team this season. We all assume he will, but after this long, how much damage has the infection done to his calf and how much “damage” to his stamina has been done by the layoff? It isn’t like he has been able to work out during this time…
I think I read some where he was laid up in bed, leg elevated, for days while he was getting initial antibotics/treatment for the infection.
Still need Prado to spell Chipper/Uggla and to “take over” at 3rd eventually.
Well, I definitely don’t see that being a problem before the All Star break. I think it will be much longer than that.
When Prado is cleared to begin working out, I figure it will be at least two weeks (minimum) before he is ready for “anything baseball”. It isn’t like he has been rehabing an injury (i.e. working out), he has had to be “off it” completely – basically, just short of “bed ridden”.
When he is ready to get back, the questions will be:
- How long will it be to get himself back to hitting, etc. in the minors before rejoining the team?
- How long after joining the team will he be in starting shape? (i.e. would the Braves keep him in the minors till he was ready to start or would they want him to come off the bench and spot starting till he is ready to play everyday?)
- Will he be ready to start everyday again this season?
So, to answer your question: So what happens when we have Pence, Bourne,Prado,and Heyward for only 3 outfield spots?
Or, perhaps, through the “dog days of summer” in Atlanta, Prado subs for Chipper, then Gonzo, then Uggla , then Freddie, then Pence, then Bourn, then Heyward, mix in a few days where he comes off the bench and everyone gets regular play with regular rest down the strech.
Still, the entire question is predicated upon Prado being able to recover enough to rejoin the team this season as an “everyday player”. If he is only able to rejoin as a bench player, the point is moot.
Early in the year, I heard from several “analysts” that they thought that the Braves should have kept Minor instead of Beachy on the club out of spring training. They usually referred to Minor as having more “upside”.
Is this opinion a “draft” thing, since Minor was a first round draft pick and Beachy was undrafted (all speculation – I know this happens in the NFL… drafted vs undrafted impacts contracts their whole career most of the time)? Or was it something in their delivery, command, “stuff”, “make-up”, etc.?
Do you (whom ever would like to comment) think Minor has more ‘upside’ than Beachy?
If you HAD to include one of them in a trade, which one?
That is such a hard question, I’m just glad I’m not deciding and Wren and company is. To me even though Beachy is pitching better now, I’m afraid Minor will have a better future. I really don’t know. They are equal to me right now.