Found March 30, 2012 on
By Jim Pratt
Editor’s note: In part-1 of his evaluation of future Atlanta Braves talent, BravesWire’s Jim Pratt graded the Braves’ young pitching talent. You can see part-1 here and part-2 here.
The weakest link in Atlanta’s pipeline from the minor leagues is undeniably the outfield. With seemingly no immediate help on the way and possible vacancies in both left and center field for the 2013 season, the Braves will be forced to fill those voids through trades or free agency. Most notable is the impending loss of center-fielder Michael Bourn, who will be a free agent at season’s end and will likely price himself out of the Braves’ plans.
Potential replacements Matt Lipka and Mychal Jones are both more athlete than baseball player at this point in their development.
The following is a look at the top five outfield prospects in the Braves system.
Matt Lipka (Grade: B) – This former shortstop shifted to the outfield prior to last season, remaining in one of the premium up-the-middle sp...
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His stride was short and his head stayed down as his eyes followed the pitch toward the plate.
Jason Heyward extended his long arms, starting his picturesque swing, and propelled his bat through the strike zone at precisely the right time.
The bat met the ball at the perfect place and sent it flying toward left-center field, too far for any outfielder to track down.
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Height: 6-3; Weight: 195
Hometown: Berkeley Lake, Ga.
Experience: Third season
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jair Jurrjens had his second straight strong outing of the spring, allowing one run in seven innings and an Atlanta Braves split squad topped a Houston Astros split squad 3-1 on Friday.
Jurrjens struggled in his first four starts this spring. He went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA last season and is expected to be one of the anchors of the...
The Cleveland Indians have acquired a reliever from the Atlanta Braves organization for cash. According to Lindsey Foltin from 92.3 the Fan, Asencio led the International League in saves for Gwinnett in 2009 and 2011.
Asencio was battling Yahan Flande for the final spot in the Braves’ bullpen and apparently lost the battle as he is headed to Cleveland.
We’ll see what this means...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander tuned up for opening day with a crisp outing in his final spring start and the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Saturday in a game called after six innings due to rain.
Verlander, who won the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards last season, allowed four hits in six innings to finish the spring with a 2.02...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have acquired reliever Jairo Asencio from the Atlanta Braves for cash.
Asencio was on the Braves' restricted list all of 2010 after it was discovered he had come to the U.S. as Luis Valdez and claimed to be three years younger. The Indians are already dealing with a similar case as the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was...
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Brett Carroll hit a bases-loaded triple and scored on a throwing error as a Washington Nationals split squad defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Thursday.
Washington starter Edwin Jackson pitched five innings of two-hit ball after giving up 13 earned runs in his past three spring starts. One of those hits was to Atlanta'...