12:14 pm May 15, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
May 15th, 20094:45 pm
Got to expect Parr to get sent down for now, and then JoJo when Campillo gets back
Bennett gets the axe finally… HALLELUJAH…. and once Medlen establishes himself, JoJo will get the axe and we can call up Tommy H.
Gotta be Bennett that is the odd man out isn’t it?
Jeff Bennett to AAA.
Wait. Is that confirmed? Or?
May 15th, 20094:46 pm
Wouldn’t JoJo be the other long reliever? Wouldn’t that mean Parr getting the axe?
Who gets sent down? and or released
jojo gets sent down and no one gets released i dont think…because the 40man isnt full.
May 15th, 20094:47 pm
I’d love to see JoJo pitch well in relief to up his trade value so we can ship his sorry butt out of here
May 15th, 20094:48 pm
Bennet will stay…my choice would be Parr
May 15th, 20094:49 pm
If Medlen is in, who is off the 40 man roster?
May 15th, 20094:50 pm
Medlen’s numbers are better than Hanson or Morton, and frankly that is saying something. He’s smoking hot with 21 consecutive scoreless innings. They went with the hot – or I should say, the hottest – hand.
1. Infante 2B
2. Escobar SS
3. Jones 3B
4. Anderson LF
5. McCann C
6. Francoeur RF
7. Kotchman 1B
8. Schafer CF
9. Vazquez P
Very interesting. Someone now has to come off the 40 man roster. This could mean a trade. It could mean that they are going to DFA Campillo or it could mean that Glavine is announcing his retirement.
To me a trade is most likely because the obvious pick for Tuesday night’s start was Morton. Morton is already on the 40 man roster and his major league clock has already started ticking since he was up last year. We could be trading Morton + others for some hot shot prospect or Morton and someone of the 40 man for an immediate outfield fix.
May 15th, 20094:51 pm
May 15, 2009
MLB Outsider Mock Draft: Atlanta Braves Select Donavan Tate
By Staff Report
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MLB Outsider is hosting a 2009 MLB mock draft, where bloggers from all over come together in an attempt to project the draft results that will take place June 9.
Braves Journal’s Mac Thomason picks for the Atlanta Braves at No. 7. OF Donavan Tate from Cartersville High School continues a Braves trend in the draft. Follow the mock draft here.
Donavan (or Donovan, reports differ) Tate is probably the highest rated high school outfielder available, a big (6-3, 200) athlete who is somewhat raw. He’s been compared to Jeff Francoeur, which could be the kiss of death for some organizations, but the Braves still like Francoeur He has the famous five tools, with speed and throwing arm the strongest of them, but has hit for high averages (.515 as a junior, at a high level) and for power. Like I said, he’s raw, and he needs to work on his strikeouts and walks.
Tate is the son of former Georgia Bulldog running back Lars Tate, and a two-sport star, having signed a scholarship offer with North Carolina. He apparently prefers baseball, but the football offer gives him a fallback; after previously announcing he would skip his senior season of football, he changed his mind and played. Also, his agent is Scott Boras, who will do just about anything to maximize his clients’ signing bonuses.
The Braves almost exclusively draft southern high school players, and prefer Georgians when they can get them. They also have a fondness for football players, and have been willing to pay extra to get them to skip college. It’s a high risk, high reward pick. The Braves haven’t picked this high in nearly two decades, and it’s not clear how they’ll react; they’ve been willing to take risks in the past, but will that trend continue in the top ten?
If the Braves don’t go for Tate (either out of signability concerns or because he’s already gone) they’ll go for another Georgian, Zack Wheeler.
May 15th, 20094:52 pm
The 40 Man isn’t full. I think there are 3 open spots.
I think our 40 man roster only nas about 37 on it so they don’t have to remove anybody.
May 15th, 20094:53 pm
Actually, the braves only have 37 guys on the 40 man roster so nobody will have to be removed (at least according to their website)
May 15th, 20094:54 pm
jojo gets sent down and no one gets released
Carroll said JoJo was going to the bullpen.
apparently I need to refresh my blog more often
May 15th, 20094:57 pm
I forgot all about Parr. I think he will be the one to go. Although I wouldn’t mind seeing Bennett gone.
MFin04 (Bennett and Cox Have to Go!)
People that want Parr sent down obviously haven’t seen him pitch. He is much more consistent than Bennett and teams aren’t hitting .400 against him I would bet. He also hasn’t walked in any game winnings runs. No reason to send Parr down. None at all.
It will be Buddy that either goes down or is traded.
May 15th, 20094:58 pm
David Wright is so good and so young, he might someday be considered the greatest position player in the history of the Mets. — Tim Kurkjian
Kurkjian, did you really say that?
Decent read besides that obviously biased judgement.
I thought that the 40 man roster was full. If so someone has to come off.
Great here we go again with another platoon at 2B. I predict Infante to be at .250 or lower by the end of the month.
May 15th, 20095:00 pm
Jeff Bennett’s opponent’s batting average….. .450 2.02 WHIP
Those cannot be good!!!
May 15th, 20095:01 pm
I also predict Schafer goes on a torrid streak mashing the ball starting this game and series. Shutting up all naysayers.
May 15th, 20095:02 pm
missed that. ok then. but yeah, no one needs to get released, there is room on the 40.
Coach (2010 or bust)
I don’t get it, Morton is already on the 40 man. Why start Medlen’s clock now unless the Braves are showcasing him in case of trade considerations later on in July.
Thanks for the lineup, Ms. Rogers!
May 15th, 20095:03 pm
BTW–It’s been exactly one month since McCann’s played a game at Turner Field. Just sayin’…
May 15th, 20095:05 pm
coachWhy start Medlen’s clock now unless the Braves are showcasing him in case of trade considerations later on in July.
May 15th, 20095:07 pm
Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Bay…all available for a young pitcher I hear.
PWH-I understand about KK’s need to not overtax his shoulder, but I have a problem putting players in positions they’ve never been in before and I’ve never heard that Kawakami’s ever pitched in relief.
For this same reason I disagree with KC’s idea to bring Hanson up and to let him relieve-he’s just not done it and likely won’t once his ML career begins in earnest-not to mention he needs to work on keeping runners on, lowering pitch count (he throws way too many pitches even for a SO pitcher) and he needs to learn to go deeper into games in general.
What I would do is to bring up Morton (or Glavine when/if ready) and to bring up Medlen (who HAS pitched in relief) for the pen. Then you could let Medlen spot start whenever KK needs more time for recovery. Done this way, you get the rest KK needs, Medlen gets ML experience without being placed in an alien position, Morton gets his shot and Tommy Hanson develops into the Bona Fide Stud we all think he’ll be.
A win, win, win situation?
May 15th, 20095:09 pm
Does anybody know what number he is wearing at Gwinett? I am always curious about number selections.
May 15th, 20095:10 pm
Renegator: Thanks, you are right, they do have available space on the 40 man roster. If bringing up Hanson before June 1st is such an issue why is it not the same issue for Medlin?
May 15th, 20095:11 pm
Very interesting! I love new studs coming up to make their debut!
That said, I wouldn’t get rid of Parr.. He’s better than Bennett.
May 15th, 20095:12 pm
Someone (on this blog) suggested that Medlen might be coming up instead of Morton for a trade showcase. On the contrary I am wondering if Morton is not coming up because they want to preserve his value for a trade. But with the way Morton is performing now, he might have greater value if he didnt come up and do badly.He was up last year and so people do know what he can do when healthy.The slump later in the year was attributed to shoulder woes anyway. I think Medlen was on Wren’s “untouchable” list, though that could’ve changed.
You don’t automatically protect every young player’s “options clock”, I don’t think. You try hard to do it with guys projected for stardom. And as good as Medlen is, I don’t think anyone projects him as a HOF/Ace type of guy (I hope he is, of course).
Plus, Medlen is a year older; he’s shown the ability to be very economical with his pitches; and from what I read, Bobby was really impressed with him in ST.
Also, he has experience as a reliever and could probably play that role during periods where a #5 starter wasn’t needed for a while.
And, I don’t think the Braves are bringing anyone up to showcase them for trades; they’re trying to win games. (plus, chances are, the best way to showcase a pitcher is probably to leave him in the minors to dominate, rather than bring him to the majors where there’s a good chance he struggle.)
Whew, that’s all I’ve got on why Medlen is a good choice.
May 15th, 20095:15 pm
I am the only Braves fan excited about the signing of P Tony Armas Jr. to a minor league contract.
In his first start for Double A Mississippi, Armas Jr. pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball and was immediately promoted to Triple A Gwinnett.
This leads to me one and only one conclusion. Armas Jr. is headed on a “fast track” into the Braves starting rotation.
And in his first start for Triple A Gwinnett (May 12) Armas Jr. didn’t disappoint. He pitched five shutout innings giving up three harmless singles while walking none and striking out five.
And did you notice Armas Jr.’s stats in 2008 pitching for Triple A New Orleans in the PCL; a N.Y. Mets affiliate.
In 102 innings of work covering 17 starts; Armas Jr. gave up 85 hits and walked 20 batters for an outstanding W.H.I.P. of 1.00+.
His strikeout to walk ratio was equally good (88 strikeouts to 20 walks) for an approximately 4.5 to 1 differential. Oh by the way; his E.R.A. was a very tidy 2.54.
Armas Jr. is surprisingly young as he just turned 31 years of age and has great size (6′3″ 225 lbs.).
But what I like most about Armas Jr. is that early in his career as a member of the Montreal Expos he teamed up with current Brave Javier Vazquez to form an outstanding one – two combination.
In 2000 Vazquez and Armas Jr. combined to make 50 starts
In 2001 Vazquez and Armas Jr. combined to make 66 starts
And in 2002 Vazquez and Armas Jr. combined to make 63 starts
Vazquez and Armas Jr. were the Montreal Expos version of Glavine / Smoltz in the early part of the decade.
Armas Jr. could have signed with 29 other major league organizations but chose to sign with the Braves. Just a coincidence; I think not.
Don’t be surprised if we shortly see a Vazquez / Armas Jr. reunion in Atlanta.
May 15th, 20095:18 pm
I absolutely agree with Chipper. We need to show more fire at home, and get us some wins. The formula for a winning team that wins, say, 90 games a season, should be high 40s to 50 wins at home, and 500 on the road. I hope that this isnt the reincarnation of the 2001 Braves, wgere we wont only 40 games at home, because we cant expect to go six and two on every tough eight game road trip.
On a side note, and I hope this isnt off topic, I was glad to see that Bobby put Jo-Jo Reyes in the pen, and called up another pitcher to start in his place. Hopefully Jo-Jo can get it ironed out, but, unless he does, we simply cant keep giving away his games every five days. Hopefully the other pitcher who Bobby called up, will perform better than Jo-Jo has.
May 15th, 20095:19 pm
Medlin is in JoJo out. ‘Bout time. JoJo taxes the pen like crazy. Bennett taxes my nerves like crazy.
Hope Medlin does well and maintains that success. From reading the interviews of him, I’d like to see him remain as a starter and not go into relief, unless a 15 inning game comes along and we’re out of relievers. If Glavine ever comes back, I’d like to see Medlin returned to AAA to continue starting. Glavine won’t last all season. I just don’t see that happening. In addition, Hudson will be coming back at the end of the season. This team will need room in the rotation and I think that room will be the fifth starter spot and the retirement of Glavine.
Hopefully a trade will also occur which will bring in a thumper for the outfield. The more Francoeur continues to be a singles hitter, the more excited I am about seeing his replacement.
winterville, Medlen wears #20 with Gwinnett, so he’ll see a new jersey number (Norton wears 20).
May 15th, 20095:21 pm
I am the only Braves fan excited about the signing of P Tony Armas Jr. to a minor league contract. Marv Kleeman
A big resounding yes.
We have far more interesting pitchers to look forward to. Medlen is the first of them. Tony Armas Jr is there to fill in at the AAA or AA level, kinda the way Sal Fasano and his ‘tache were brought in last year (?). If we end up seeing him at the big club, it would mean others are injured or failed. So hope we never see him up here.
Marv Kleeman, interesting side-by-side in regards to Javy and Armas. Probably true that Armas signed with us to be with his ol’ pal. And I too think he can contribute at the ML level for the Bravos this year.
May 15th, 20095:22 pm
Well…sure didn’t expect MEDLIN to be “the chosen one.” But the Braves have a history of letting the kids play.
On the other hand, maybe Medlin is the Tyler Flowers of the hour and this is his big audition. Hmm…
May 15th, 20095:24 pm
Marv-With all of the starting options that the Braves have, why would they bring up Amras, Jr.? I’m thinking that the Dude is like 4th or 5th on the depth chart of pitchers not already in Atlanta. he may be doing well in the minors, but since the end of the 03 season, the lowest ML ERA he’s had has been 4.88. The past three years he hasn’t had an ERA under 5.00
Interesting post and comments about possible trades on MLBTrade rumors at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/05/discussion-possible-braves-trades.html#comments ….I tend to like Carlos Lee if the Astros are struggling, and we can get the Astros to eat some of the contract
May 15th, 20095:26 pm
Not a smart move IMO. I’m as excited as the next guy to see Medlen out there. But it should have been Morton. He is already on the 40 man. We could have waited a couple weeks and kept him from burning his June 1 Super Two status.
May 15th, 20095:27 pm
I for one commend the Braves for bringing Medlen up instead of others. It appears they are trying to put the best team on the field and isn’t that what we as fans want? For all the GMS out there take that.
May 15th, 20095:28 pm
OK, now that he’s being called up can we spell his name right? It’s MEDLEN.
Captain Poopy Pants
May 15th, 20095:29 pm
I’m with Kleeman. Tony Armas .jr is our savior. All hail the brilliance of BOOBY COX !
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
Now that Medlin is called up all the “forget the super 2, we want the best players on the field” people are no where to be found?
I don’t think Medlin missing out on the super 2 status by 2 weeks is going to make a big difference. I hope the kid is lights out and proves me wrong, but I don’t remember seeing him projected as a top of the rotation starter anywhere. If I’m wrong on that, feel free to correct me (I don’t go as in depth with scouting as some here do)
May 15th, 20095:30 pm
Sorry for spelling the kids name wrong…. MEDLEN it is from now on.
Medlen has to take the place of someone does he not. We have 25 players up now.
May 15th, 20095:32 pm
yes he does…the discussion about replacing someone was in regards to the 40 man roster, which Medlen is NOT on- but we only have 37 on it (not including him) so nobody has to be dumped…
May 15th, 20095:33 pm
The Braves have made some very good moves to accumulate the amount of pitching talent that they have between the Big club & the G-Braves.
Hopefully there’ll be somemore good moves made to get more power and/or speed on both of these clubs.
May 15th, 20095:34 pm
…And Nick Swisher has 8 HR, 22 RBI, .381 OBP and .569 SLG….and the Yankees are second from the bottom in ERA…and we have no outfield prospects above A-ball, a leftfielder on a one-year contract and a rightfielder who, well…
And we officially have 38 on the 40 man. Barton is on there.
May 15th, 20095:35 pm
Thanks cabravesfan for the clear up looks like Medlen will be number 39 on the 40 man.
Rob from SC
May 15th, 20095:36 pm
My guess is this. Medlen starts until Glavine is ready. Then Medlen moves to the bullpen. Once Glavine hurts himself again Hanson is here to stay.
May 15th, 20095:37 pm
thanks, he’s not listed on the braves site but I believe you are correct regarding Barton (so that’s 39 with Medlen and when Huddy is healthy…)
May 15th, 20095:38 pm
Barbaro Canizares is next. He will part the Red Sea and propel the Bravos into the playoffs.
No one will have to be DFA, but a roster move will have to be made. Someone will have to go down or go on the DL.
May 15th, 20095:40 pm
I actually hope Canizares gets the call this year. He could provide some pop.
May 15th, 20095:43 pm
MFin04 — The reason they didn’t bring up Morton MAY be that his numbers are getting better and better at Gwinnett and they are rebuilding his trade value. It’s obvious that the Braves have a real surplus of quality starting pitching, both verterans and youngsters, so something has to give. They need to beef up the offense, either during the season or next winter. Hanson and problably Medlen are untouchable, so that leaves Morton, Jo-Jo, and perhaps Javy as possible trade bait. That trio plus maybe Brandon Jones should get them two major power up-grades in the outfield/first base. Anyway, that may be why Morton is staying at AAA.
Speaking of pitching prospects, Carroll or anybody know anything about Zeke Spruill who is burning up A ball? He’s only 13-0 over his first two pro seasons! I’d like to know what he throws and what the Braves project for him.
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May 15th, 20095:44 pm
Denizens, I really am excited about the promotion of Medlen. The Braves obviously aren’t concerned about the arbitration clock and chose the man who they think gives them the best chance of winning. I bet that Jo Jo is in the bullpen this weekend only (since he only pitched a few innings yesterday) and will be optioned to AAA on Tuesday. I just can’t see demoting Parr since he has pitched fairly well (although I wouldn’t be upset to see Bennett headed up I-85).
May 15th, 20095:46 pm
Versus LH batters, Jo-Jo in 8 2/3 IP has only given up two runs, four hits, two walks and 11 Ks.
May 15th, 20095:47 pm
Why do you want to replace Kotchman. The kid is good.
So about 4 hours ago, I posted that Medlen would get a June call up…
Yep, missed that one.
I was expecting Morton or Hanson to get called up to replace Reyes, but hey, Medlen has been hot so I can see why they went with him.
May 15th, 20095:49 pm
I don’t get the worry about Medlen and his arbitration clock. If Medlen becomes and super two player and costs them a ton of money in arbitration, I’m sure the Braves would be more than happy with that scenario. That would mean he’d be a lights out starter, something I hope management or fans don’t expect.
I also think he gets the call before Charlie and Hanson because he could transition to the bullpen when when/if Glavine is ready.
Ahhhhhh Barton. Forgot he had to be on the 40 man
May 15th, 20095:53 pm
Don’t be so quick to dismiss Tony Armas Jr.
Most of his problems since 2003 have been injury related.
He is 31 years of age and should be just reaching his prime. A return to good health may be all that is needed for Tony Armas Jr. to have a renaissance.
Armas Jr. fits the profile of pitchers who have been successful as past members of the Braves (John Burkett, Mike Remlinger).
And what is it about the culture of the Braves that causes all of our young pitchers to fail? JoJo Reyes is simply the latest in a long line of young pitchers to bite the dust. Or have we forgotten Bruce Chen, Odalis Perez, Jason Marquis, Horacio Ramirez, Kyle Davies, Chuck James and now JoJo Reyes.
Does the shadow of Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz really loom that large?
May 15th, 20095:58 pm
Marv Kleeman — You’re not the only one getting excited about Tony Armas, Jr. And you’re right on the button about teaming up with Javy can only be positive for the two of them and the Braves. If he has a few more strong starts (which I expect) the Braves will have to find a spot for him. Man, our starting pitching, actual and potential, is just amazing these days, isn’t it? Some of it, probably Medlen, others, will wind up in the pen for a while. I’ve been watching baseball since the late ’40s and I can’t remember a club so well stocked with starters.
Rev. Otis Nixon
who will be the player they send down to make room for medlen, Carroll?
May 15th, 20095:59 pm
I think the Braves mgmt. is trying to put the best players on the team. We need to fire the whole d….m bunch of them !
May 15th, 20096:07 pm
Schafer’s Wafers — It’s not that I really want to trade Casey but the club definitely has to upgrade to get more power at one or perhaps two positions. I’d prefer it happen in the outfield but, of course, it depends in part on what players are available for what we have to offer. I like Kotchman’s defense A LOT and he’s starting to hit. If he can produce 18-20 homers and hit .290 then he’s a keeper, no doubt about that. Just not sure yet he can do that.
May 15th, 20096:11 pm
Does anyone know which pitchers have options left and which ones would need to go through waivers? Parr obviously has options left. What about Bennett and Carlyle? Both of them pitched fairly well last year but not as well this year. It would be nice to see if they could sort things out at Gwinnett but, if not, the Braves might just cut ties with one of them. There are other options for the bullpen (e.g., Campillo, Acosta, Logan, etc.) — though it would be nice not to have to throw away any possibilities.
May 15th, 20096:16 pm
anybody have the gameday link for the minor league game?
May 15th, 20096:17 pm
I like James Parr, he looked good pitching against the Mets. Fastball was 93 out of the pen. He throws strikes. I would keep him over Bennett.
Josh. Go to MILB.com and you can find gameday from main page
May 15th, 20096:21 pm
Medlin’s the future no way we considering trading him. JoJo was being showcased and maybe Morton will get dealt, but not Medlin or Hanson.
May 15th, 20096:22 pm
May 15th, 20096:23 pm
Garret at cleanup again…if it hasn’t worked before, just keep tryin it. That’s Bobby’s philosophy.
May 15th, 20096:24 pm
Dangit, I forgot the game doesn’t start till 7:30…
RHR has melted
As per usual we’ve gone from spring to summer overnight. Yesterday it was pleasant and breezy with low humidity and today it’s a million degrees and humid as .. whatever the most humid thing on earth is. Just ran and thought I’d never get thru it Hottest day we’ve had so far by a long shot, good baseball weather. Look for the long ball tonight! Hopefully off Braves bats only.
Judy and I are going tonight and tomorrow night, which means there will be at least TWO loud, spirited Braves fans there.
May 15th, 20096:26 pm
RHR has melted today it’s a million degrees and humid as .. whatever the most humid thing on earth is.
Good one! It was pretty nice here yesterday, too, but I’ve been sick this week so I didn’t get to go out and enjoy it.
Look for the long ball tonight! Hopefully off Braves bats only.
Yeah! Time for BMac’s first home homer!
May 15th, 20096:27 pm
I hope fransour get the entire homestand off. Let the road team fans have to deal with his ineffectiveness. This way the braves can get some production from right field.
Had a chance to talk to Frank and yes the idea is that Medlen would be a link to get to Glavine. Had it been a situation where they were calling up a guy to start the rest of the way, it might have been Hanson. But right now they want the hottest guy, they had space on the 40-man roster and it would have been the same Super 2 deal with Hanson. Morton would have made sense as far as the clock goes, but maybe the Braves were ready to try a fresh face, and a guy who can do no wrong right now in AAA.
Macon Braves (RIP)
May 15th, 20096:28 pm
JD—Don’t guess you’ve noticed that Anderson has had 8 RBI the last week in the cleanup spot, but I guess that isn’t “working” for you? (Including 3 for 5 with a 2B and 3 RBI in the win over the Mutts Thursday)
Looks like Canzares just blasted a two run home run to make the score 2-5 Buffalo
May 15th, 20096:32 pm
Anybody have anything on Medlin, like what are his best and not so good pitches?
May 15th, 20096:37 pm
RHR not a plesant thought of you melting – I like you too much. Maybe a couple others heh heh.
May 15th, 20096:38 pm
How hard does Medlin throw?pitches? etc
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May 15th, 20096:39 pm
I am really glad it’s Medlan and not frickin’ Charlie Morton.
Morton = Jo-Jo Reyes II
May 15th, 20096:41 pm
I think it’ll be either Parr optioned or (hopefully) Bennett fired.
May 15th, 20096:42 pm
I mean is anybody watching Jamie Moyer lately, he’s gettin tattooed. So whats the fascination with ever aging Tommy Glavine. I just dont get it. Trying to hold on to long.
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