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Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

The Atlanta Braves farm system is a little thin this season, which makes sense as the Major League roster is loaded with young talent such as Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, and Julio Teheran. Most of the prospects on this list have great tools, but come with question marks. Sims looks like he’ll develop into a good starter and Bethancourt and Peraza profile as everyday players...
Via Batting Leadoff
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves cut spring training roster to 40

The Atlanta Braves' roster is slowly beginning to take shape. With the latest round of cuts, some higher-profile names within the the organization are being designated to their minor league roles: catcher Christian Bethancourt, outfielder Todd Cunningham and pitchers Juan Jamie and Luis Vasquez were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett while shortstop Elmer Reyes will start the season...
Via Fox Sports South
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt could challenge for 2015 starting job

Top-tier catcher prospects typically bubble up to the surface. By talent or, occasionally, by necessity, the Buster Poseys and Carlos Santanas of the baseball world find their way to the major league level one way or another. They, at the very least, get their shot. Christian Bethancourt, who has been rated as a top-10 prospect at catcher for the past three years in the Braves organization...
Via Fox Sports South
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sign Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the Braves have signed Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal. Sanchez adds that the deal includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training. The Braves have a surplus of catching with Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Christian Bethancourt, and even Ryan Doumit. As a result, Bello will join the Braves’ minor league system...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Farm System: Top Prospects

Spring Training is finally here. While we are getting ready for opening day, a lot of young players are getting ready to showcase their talents in front of big league clubs. With the excitement of baseball season comes the excitement of young players refining their skills in the minor leagues. Through this article, I’m going to break down what I think are the top two players at...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves players get face-to-face with video game design

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- B.J. Upton notices subtle changes over the past five or six years. A little here, a little there. It's Mike Hash and his team's job to capture every last one of them. For Upton, the changes are seen in mirrors. Unlike his younger brother Justin, who can allegedly grow a full beard in a week's time, the oldest brother often lacks the necessity...
Via Fox Sports South
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit For Sean Gilmartin

Doumit, who will turn 33 on April 3, is coming off a down season in which he batted .247/.314/.396 and dealt with concussion issues late in the year. However he's just one year removed from a strong .275/.320/.461 showing with a career-high 18 homers for the Twins. Though he's not considered a strong defensive catcher, Doumit would give the Braves a cheap option behind the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

The Top Ten Prospects in the NL East

Coming off the coattails of Baseball America breaking down the top ten prospects from every team in the NL East, we take a look at the top ten prospects from the NL East. There were a couple of surprises when looking at Baseball America’s list of the top ten Mets’ prospects, most notably Kevin Plawecki jumping to No. 5, and players like Cesar Puello not cracking the top 10. You...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Love Notes: Position Players

At the end of 2008, when the blog was still pretty new, I wrote an end of the year wrap-up on each player in the organization. For the last few years I’ve written “love notes” instead of a semi-objective wrap up for each player, because let’s be real, I don’t want to read a fan’s analysis of front office decisions and you probably don’t either. That’s why you’re...
Via Love My Bravos
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves make moves with magic number down to 6

Georgia native David Hale will make his first big league start Friday against the San Diego Padres. With their magic number whittled down to 6 games, the Atlanta Braves welcome back familiar faces and have high hopes for the return of others as they head home to Turner Field to face the under .500 San Diego Padres for the weekend series. In the first game of the weekend series, the...
Via BravesWire
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

The Call-Up: Christian Bethancourt by Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

The Braves call up a glove-first catcher of the future with the offensive potential to be an everyday guy.
Via Baseball Prospectus
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves promote catcher Christian Bethancourt

The Atlanta Braves have promoted catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to the major league roster. Bethancourt, 22, spent the 2013 season with Double-A Mississippi and could be the Braves Opening Day catcher as early as next season if Brian McCann is not re-signed. With Double-A Mississippi, Bethancourt hit  .277/.305/.436 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 90 games. He is likely to...
Via Tireball.com
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Minor League Report 6-22 to 6-28

One question that I have been asked a lot since starting the cover the minor leagues for Atlanta Bullpen is, “What’s more important in the minors? Winning or development?”.  To that I have no set answer.  I do believe that development is the #1 point of having minor league teams.  However, each player on the club needs to know what it’s like to win, and how it feels....
Via Atlanta Bullpen
June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Baseball a road to riches for Dominicans

You stop counting at 50, although the number is at least twice that. None of them are pretty; few are even lined, although vague ruts can be seen when the sun hits just right, well-worn footpaths to a better life. No American kid would be caught dead playing baseball on any of the endless stream of baseball fields off the road between Punta Cana and Santa Domingo in the Dominican...
Via Fox Sports South
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Report: Young Players Looking Good

Atlanta Braves Snap Back (Photo credit: GlobalGoodGroup) Some young Atlanta Braves players have made their mark so far in the spring games. Evan Gattis “El Oso Blanco” doubled and jerked a fast ball into the left field berm for a long home run against the Yankees, Saturday, from the designated hitter spot. “That’s what he can do,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves spring training postcard: Day 5

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 5 of FOXSportsSouth.com's embedded coverage from Braves camp, a day that started with an honor for Chipper Jones and ended with some pitcher-fueled clarity for the first five exhibition games. Four Workout Observations 1. Catching prospect Christian Bethancourt might have the most raw power of any Braves hitter...
Via Fox Sports South
February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves spring training postcard: Day 5

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 5 of FOXSportsSouth.com's embedded coverage from Braves camp, a day that started with an honor for Chipper Jones and ended with some pitcher-fueled clarity for the first five exhibition games. Four Workout Observations 1. Catching prospect Christian Bethancourt might have the most raw power of any Braves hitter...
Via Fox Sports South
February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves spring training: Day 2

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. To ring in FOXSportsSouth.com's first day of embedded Braves coverage at the Walt Disney World sports complex, here's an all-encompassing postcard from Day 2 of full-squad workouts: Four Workout Observations 1. The infield practice portion was an exercise in casual precision. At some point during drill work, the shortstops fielded five consecutive...
Via Fox Sports South
February 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves spring training: Day 2

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. To ring in FOXSportsSouth.com's first day of embedded Braves coverage at the Walt Disney World sports complex, here's an all-encompassing postcard from Day 2 of full-squad workouts: Four Workout Observations 1. The infield practice portion was an exercise in casual precision. At some point during drill work, the shortstops fielded five consecutive...
Via Fox Sports South
February 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome

Bill Baer coined the term “Goldilocks Syndrome” to describe when we, as fans, get discouraged with a player or prospect because he isn’t perfect or what we hoped he would be, and Christian Bethancourt isn’t “just right”. Signed out of Panama in 2008, Bethancourt had elite potential behind the plate with good athleticism and an incredibly strong arm. The concern, however...
Via Fangraphs
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jorge Alfaro: Surprise Top-100 Prospect

When MLB.com released its top-100 prospect list, I was excited to see shortstop Luis Sardinas included at number 84. As my eyes scrolled from left-to-right across the page, a second Hickory Crawdads player ranked 88th. His name? Jorge Alfaro. The 19-year old ranked fifth on my list of best catchers scouted in 2012 behind a quartet of current and former top-100 players. Video after...
Via Fangraphs
February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects (2012-13)

The Braves system is not as deep as it once was and the majority of the talent is found in the lower levels of the system. With that said, there are some intriguing pitching and up-the-middle infield prospects. The outfield depth is very thin.   #1 Julio Teheran (P) Age G GS IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP WAR 21 2 1 6.1 7.11 1.42 22.2 % 5.68 1.99 0.2 It was an off year for Teheran...
Via Fangraphs
January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Burning questions facing Braves catchers

The Braves have enjoyed a fortuitous run of primarily keeping Javy Lpez or Brian McCann on the active roster every season since 1994 -- with the notable exception of 2004, when Johnny Estrada had a career year with Atlanta (nine HRs, 76 RBI, .314 batting). Few MLB clubs can match Atlanta's 20-season stability at catcher. And that'll be the case ... for at least one more...
Via Fox Sports South
January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Burning questions facing Braves catchers

The Braves have enjoyed a fortuitous run of primarily keeping Javy Lpez or Brian McCann on the active roster every season since 1994 -- with the notable exception of 2004, when Johnny Estrada had a career year with Atlanta (nine HRs, 76 RBI, .314 batting). Few MLB clubs can match Atlanta's 20-season stability at catcher. And that'll be the case ... for at least one more...
Via Fox Sports South
January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Add Players to Their 40-Man Roster

With Brian McCann out with a shoulder injury, could Christian Bethancourt win a job with the big club? The Atlanta Braves have added catcher Christian Bethancourt and pitchers Zeke Spruill, David Hale, Aaron Northcraft and Cory Rasmus to their 40-man roster, protecting them from the December 6 Rule 5 draft. Tuesday is the deadline for major league teams to solidify their 40-man rosters...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

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