Ok….is this really the Atlanta Braves or again….a re imagining of the classic movie Major League. Ufh….this is unacceptable. Justin Upton and his o’lay he tends to do. If your ahead you keep the ball infront of you. And BJ ummmm whats was that. Kimbrel two walks. No freaking way i can recall that in one inning. Nice play Johnson but im hearing Willy Mays Hays….”Oh…..S@!#! Where the ball drops right on in!! Minor piched his but off and this team needs basics. Im sorry to my.fellow braves fans. Im just venting and sorely dissapointed.
And I’ll concede to Shaun that Tommy is probably as ready as he’s going to be for the Majors. You just never know until a prospect comes up from triple-A what you are going to get. I like the fact that he seems to know the strike zone and doesn’t seem to strike out that much. What he needs now for his defense is MLB experience.
La Stella isn’t going to be a very good defensive player, even after he settles in, based on all the reports on his defense. If he can hit like he’s projected to, he’ll add value, certainly more value than Uggla.
Nick is absolutely right. La Stella made two bad plays. Not good. But he didn’t walk two hitters to leadoff the 9th and he didn’t make the miscues in the outfield. You just hope the good outweighs the bad.
Pastornicky, Juan Jaime and another low-level prospect for Cub’s Bonifacio.
Case for the trade:
Bonifacio would give the Braves versatility, depth, and speed. The Braves lack a prototypical leadoff hitter, and Bonifacio would immediately fill that role. Among qualifiers, the 29-year-old ranks fifth in average (.280) and fourth in steals (11) among National League leadoff hitters.
Jason Heyward has done some good things from the leadoff spot (.332 OBP and 21 runs) but is not a natural in the spot. His .240 average ranks second-to-last among NL leadoff hitters, and his 42 strikeouts are second-most, only behind Carlos Gomez (52).
Perhaps even more surprising is that Bonifacio (.688) has compiled a higher OPS than Heyward (.670).
Bonifacio would give the Braves a true leadoff hitter and would allow Heyward to fill a more run-producing role that suits his game.
Another advantage of Bonifacio is his ability to switch hit. Manager Fredi Gonzalez would be able to plug him into the lineup whether a right-handed or left-handed pitcher was on the hill.
In 2014, Bonifacio has destroyed left-handed pitching by hitting at a .373 clip while Heyward has hit just .212 against left-handers. Traditionally, Bonifacio doesn’t hit right-handers as well but has posted a respectable .255 average and .316 OBP for his career.
In the field, Bonifacio would give Gonzalez both depth and insurance. As the roster stands now, Bonifacio would play mostly second base, but he also has the ability to play third base and all the outfield positions.
If B.J. Upton enters the postseason in one of his cold streaks, Gonzalez could plug Bonifacio in at center and keep La Stella at second. If Upton is hot, Gonzalez has the option of playing Bonifacio at second or using him as a valuable player off the bench.
This gives the Braves some insurance in case one of their streaky players goes cold, and he would be an upgrade over a player like Pena or Jordan Schafer—both of whom have failed to hit over .200 in 2014.
He would be a free agent after the 2014 season.
@64: As Dan stood at the plate I said to the TV, here comes a double play ball to shortstop. Sure enough, it happened.
Poor guy, he just can’t get it going and now that he only see one or two PA’s a week, he’s not gonna survive unless someone wants to take him on as a reclamation project in the minors when his contract is up. No one is gonna pay any money for him. Uggla is such a sad story. You feel for the guy but that’s baseball.
Yes…La Stella…i already like you….i love the high on base….love that he knows the zone….hes just a.player i really enjoy watching cause anything you put in play could always turn out good. I enjoy what im seeing. Just hope he has average defense.