#101 — Yeah, I know. I think it’s a bit strange, although I guess that the lack of a power-hitting OF is significant, especially when our current outfield is lacking in power (the oncoming Heyward season notwithstanding, of course).
However, I’m taking Law’s evaluation with a bit of a grain of salt. I admittedly don’t have much to base that on, especially cause I don’t have ESPN Insider and can’t read the rest of the article. I did just see where the guys at Talking Chop pointed out that in his rankings last year, Law had Freeman as #43 and didn’t even rank Kimbrel, and those two guys wound up finishing 1st and 2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.
David, as do I. You also have to consider that Freeman, Minor, maybe Kimbrel and some others came off that list from last year and therefore it was bound to drop. I don’t have Insider either, never will. I’m just tired of this off season. None of the news is good. Or inspiring. And the franchise seems to be taking a pretty big national hit for it. I’m worried about some things that keep emerging from articles that have nothing to do with each other. Like the direction of this team is veering somewhere I’m not interested in following. And the most overlooked, but in my opinion worst news, was that Liberty Media has no plans to sell the team.
One last thing from Keith Law:
They have reaped as little from the draft the past two years as anyone, taking low-ceiling college guys with early picks, staying at or under MLB’s bonus recommendations and having less luck on the international market. It’s telling that the major question on every position-player prospect in their top 10 is whether he’ll hit.
Don’t let off season inactivity make it seem like our future doesn’t look well. Who cares what national writers think. Everyone is always so attracted to big sexy acquisitions. The Braves are set. I’m glad we didn’t trade JJ and Prado just to do it. As far as our farm system goes, the Braves do need to invest more in offensive players. However, if we are ranked 16 with our pitching there must be 15 other teams with some darn good farm systems.
Re 108: I agree that moves didn’t need to be made just for the sake of moves. But, as you’ll hear with the interview in tonight’s new show (with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus) the drafting strategy spells trouble.