#274, I agree with your thoughts on the prospects. Arodys and Julio are the closest to contributing to the big league club. I was going to make a point that this crop is not it for us and pitchers, but the guy I was going to bring up, Carlos Perez, is having a rough year in Rome. Everyone was pretty high on him before the season starts. Yeah he’s just in A ball, but so were Julio and Arodys. The speed of those guys can show that if you draft or sign the right guy he can be ready in a 2-3 years. We did draft that lefty pitcher out of FSU in round 1 this year. I would hope we spent a first rounder on a guy who can at least be in AAA in a year or two, like Minor.
I don’t see how you turn down a package including guys like Delgado and Minor if your the Astros. Those guys would be in Houston tomorrow. The Astros are just that bad. The few Astros fans I know really want this thing to go down because they are so hurt for pitching. JA Happ sucks when he can’t face the Braves 5 times a year.
Are we nervous Phillie will swipe him? Not able to read all the news so I might be a bit behind. Even if they are gunning for him our pitching prospects trump theirs any day. Don Sutton is going to have to stop referring to him as the praying mantis.
Delgado looked very poised and capable during his outing for Atlanta. Why has the love for him dried up so much since? Is he doing poorly in the minors?
Vizcaino’s arm troubles scare me. Also heard a scout mention a bit of a poise problem for him. I haven’t kept up enough to form an informed opinion, but someone tell me why I’d rather lose Delgado than Vizcaino.
If the Braves sell the farm (re Kurkijan) for Pence a year after the Phillies got Oswalt from the stros for a sack of ju ju beans, I will drive to Atlanta and slap Wren’s pretty hair off.
And how do you like this quote from MLBTR:
“The Braves don’t value on-base percentage as much as other teams, one NL official told Olney (Pence has a .354 OBP).”
That’s just great. The one central thing, the basic and nearly only universally agreed upon aspect of the saber revolution, and we’re like, “nah, that’s some voodoo, that ain’t real.” Why’d they let Frenchy go, then?
I would add to that evaluation “…under Fredi Gonzalez.” With all those walks they took last year, their OBP had to be at an all time high.
This series in particular seemed like the old wait around for the 3 run homer trick. What did you have in the last 2 games? 22 hits and you scored 5 runs? How many walks? They had runners galore and couldn’t get one big hit. It’s like I’m glad we didn’t get swept, but I’m mad we didn’t win all 4.
Why not Bourn over Pence? He should come cheaper and still brings a lot to the table. I mean, there was much Bourn talk a few weeks ago and it’s completely dried up. Could that mean that’s who we’re really targeting (Frank in stealth mode)?
Curt, 282, you’re probably right. Fredi took heat in Florida for keeping a low OBP guy in the lead off spot, and he’s repeating the mistake here. So, yeah, Fredi’s bad.
Steve, no EARTHLY idea why we’re not going after the cheaper, and more positionally appropriate, Bourn instead of all this Bourn business. My (very doubtful) secret hope is that we’re driving up the Philly price on Bourn with no intention of getting him, and then snag Bourn at the end. But I’m not optimistic anything that smart is going on. Wren has been straight forward, if quiet, in the past.
Frig, (mind if I call you Frig?), no, not at the heavy price tag. The chance that Heyward will recover to give up Pence-like production or more for one twentieth of the cost next year is too high to risk it.
Heyward was a 5 WAR player for half a million dollars last year. That’s the kind of value Atlanta MUST get from a couple of players per season if they want to contend on 90 million.
“There continues to be zero enthusiasm within Atl org. about giving up any of the core 4 pitching prospects-Teheran, Vizcaino, Minor, Delgado”- Buster Onley’s Twiiter.
What a roller coaster. From nightmares of losing Minor/Delgado/Simmons for a year and a half rental… back to refusing let go of one single lefty who coughed up the #5 starting job when it was his to lose in Spring Training?
Next year, I’m turning off Twitter from July 15 until August 1.