Freeman unlikely to get called up before September

Given the loss of Chipper Jones as a veteran presence in the lineup, indications are the Braves are unlikely to call on top first base prospect Freddie Freeman before rosters expand in September.

While Freeman has been hitting at a torrid pace in Triple-A Gwinnett, the Braves would be hesitant to go down the stretch of a pennant race with two players in their early 20s (21-year-old Jason Heyward and 20-year-old Freeman) as everyday players in their lineup.

Veteran Troy Glaus has struggled for the better part of two months at the plate but has shown signs of improving. He has hit two home runs in his past six games. He drove in a season-high four runs on two hits, including a three-run homer, in Sunday’s 13-1 win over LA. Manager Bobby Cox has reiterated recently the importance of having Glaus’ right-handed bat in the Braves lineup.

In the meantime, the Braves continue to search for help through a possible waiver trade.

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Butch in Aiken

August 16th, 2010
11:12 pm

Free Freddie Freeman.

I want his bat on the bench even if the manager won’t start him at first.

Mathman

August 16th, 2010
11:12 pm

Before all is said and done, Glaus will cost us the pennant. 0-4 tonight, DP, K, and popup in clutch. Anyone notice that his HR yesterday came after we had a lead, not in the clutch. Cox and Wrenn are stubborn. They finally did give up on McLouse, but Glaus is not much better.

Texas Braves Fan

August 16th, 2010
11:14 pm

First??? All the way from Dallas???

Metallica0785

August 16th, 2010
11:15 pm

just because Glaus has hit 2 home-runs doesn’t change the fact that he still looks like he needs a walker to get to first base.

Texas Braves Fan

August 16th, 2010
11:15 pm

Texas Braves Fan

August 16th, 2010
11:15 pm

Glaus looks pitiful…

VinceVanGo

August 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

Might as well just go with what we got. Infante, Prado(when he returns), and Conrad can handle 2nd & 3rd. Glaus could use some help but if it’s not Freeman it’ll have to be Hinske. Melky Cabrera needs to play everyday. He’s done fine at the plate and in the field and Ankiel is a 4th outfielder at best. Platoon Diaz & Hinske in left and go with Cabrera in center and Heyward in right. Do a little more hit & run and base stealing, lay the bunts down when we need them and the Braves will be fine. Their pitching rocks!(A little worried about Venters, I think Cox wore him out too soon.)

Darryl Blackberry

August 16th, 2010
11:23 pm

Are the Braves basically saying that the way they brought in Andruw Jones so fast was a mistake? Because that’s all we’re asking. Put FF in the lineup and see if he hits. Simple. F**k the arbitration clock; we need insurance for Troy Glaus.

Joe Smoe

August 16th, 2010
11:26 pm

Hey Carroll, have you heard anything on why the Braves didnt sign Zach Alvord or Stefan Sabo? Rumor has been started, that Braves are seeking third baseman Aramis Ramirez in a waiver deal if he is able to get through.

So they didn’t sign them, to save money for said deal.

http://www.talkingchop.com/2010/8/16/1626553/braves-nix-zach-alvord-deal-to

BravesDave

August 16th, 2010
11:28 pm

It is strange that the Braves felt Heyward was ready after only a handful of games at AAA. Here we have Freeman destroying AAA pitching for the last few months and he is not ready. Hard to figure.

hawesg

August 16th, 2010
11:29 pm

I second Free Freeman!

I also agree that the Braves have too many LH bats.

Another two weeks to get a RH OF to allow Glaus to be DLed and Freeman to come up and stop firstbase from being a black hole.

Naf Sevarb

August 16th, 2010
11:42 pm

Glaus looks like a mummy out there

jj

August 16th, 2010
11:43 pm

I like that thing with the Cubs.Hope Wren can pull it off .GO BRAVES

Zach Alvord

August 16th, 2010
11:51 pm

I asked in the other post, but there’s been no response. Did the Braves cancel the Alvord deal? He was willing to sign for less money to play with the hometown team. C’mon Braves..9 minutes till the deadline. Get this kid signed!!

Tomahawk

August 16th, 2010
11:51 pm

Glaus does better when he’s rested. Bobby proved that when he rested him for 3 games. I’m hoping they’ll call up Freeman in September and work out some kind of platoon. If Freeman can hold down his end, I’ve got to think Glaus will be better for not playing every day.

Ken Shuper

August 16th, 2010
11:56 pm

What’s worse: playing Hinske at 1st everyday or leaving it up to Glaus? Let Diaz, Melky, and occasionally Ankiel share time in LF and CF. Call up Freddie in September and throw him in the mix.
Both of Glaus’ recent homers were on low fastballs down the middle, his apparent only hot zone. By the way, his 2nd hit and 4th RBI Sunday came on a shallow fly to right that Gibbons lost in the sun.

Lobosolo

August 17th, 2010
12:16 am

Again, you guys are a bunch of fair-weather fans… The Braves would not be in first had Glaus not carried them on his back during their run in May… What will you be when Glaus starts smacking the ball again? REAL Braves fans? Go root for another team, you bunch of know-it-alls…
GO BRAVOS!!!!

VOL

August 17th, 2010
1:06 am

Carroll. Can you comment on the Aramis Ramirez to the Braves talk? Anything to it? Did the Braves really have a deal with Zach Alvord that they backed off of to save money for the pursuit Ramirez?

Plate Appearance

August 17th, 2010
6:45 am

Infante deserves the chance to play daily!

I hope Wren doesn’t try to go out and get Aramis Ramirez — for this reason in particular!

Take a deep breath Frank, and then say to yourself (over and over again if necessary), “I’m OK with the team that we presently have. I am OK with THIS TEAM.”

Opinionated

August 17th, 2010
7:01 am

Sad thing is that Freddie could be helping us now and with September 1 callup will not be available to play in the post season if we should make it. Hard to understand, arbitration clock or no.

Thundersticks

August 17th, 2010
7:15 am

I think FF should come up in August so he can qualify for post season play. I realize Hinske backs up Glaus, but why not let FF come up in time to qualify, play some 1B at the ML level, and provide some insurance? What happens if Glaus’ knees finally give out on him in September? Our only option at 1B then will be Hinske. (Assuming Prado is playing 2B or 3B.) No disrespect to Hinske, but I’d like to have that extra option. If they clinch the division early, FF could allow Glaus and Hinske to rest for the post season.

Ralph

August 17th, 2010
7:32 am

No doubt if management really wanted a championship this year they would have called up FF before now but we have to remember that baseball is a business and not a sport.

Alan 10

August 17th, 2010
7:38 am

Why is it that no one talks about Wes Timmons (3rd base @ Gwinnett), hello out ther does anyone have a reason that he is not brought up instead of Hicks and Diory?

BigDog1963

August 17th, 2010
7:48 am

My wife says Troy Glaus is faster than I am and, . . . she’s probably right.

I was not happy with Troy Glaus after the first month of the season or so but he got red hot and really helped this team. Yes he’s cooled off but my vote is to stick with Troy at first base the rest of the way. Without his super 6 week stretch the Braves might not be in first place now.

I anxiously await Freddy Freeman but all in due time.

GO BRAVES!

Merlin

August 17th, 2010
7:58 am

Alan 10 – I’ve never seen him play so I can’t be sure of course but on paper (Ba,HR etc) Timmons looks like Conrad and Conrad is already here. Besides on issue is really a deteriorated 1st base defense and Glaus’ inability to hit quality pitching. His latest homers have come after the pitcher was smacked around a bit already and losing hold on the game. His other RBI was a hit that should have been caught and a seeing eye grounder just past the 2nd baseman. He can’t run, hits only cripples and while his fielding percentage doesn’t look bad he fails to handle balls a real 1st baseman takes in stride. The comparison of him next to Loney in the last 4 games was enough to make a man cry. He’s really less than mediocre at 1st.
I suspect the super 2 clock is the reason Wren hasn’t called him up but – IF the posts season past round one is their goal -that’s a false savings. While there is no guarantee of course, spending dribs and drabs on the inadequate will cost us games in the post season. Freeman’s ability to play first base and the near certainty that he will hit at least as well as Glaus (177 in the last month) make anyone actually seeking a long post season see that he should be promoted and Hicks sent down.

Merlin

August 17th, 2010
8:02 am

Local paper reports Jose Canseco signed with the United League Laredo Broncos for their last 6 games. I didn’t know Frank Wren was GM in Laredo, but this does look like on e of his signings…

heyna

August 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Binging Freeman up before September does not mean Glaus must be relegated to the bench. It just means that there’s a good, young hitter getting major league experience and giving Glaus some off days so he can stay healthy and productive. And if Freeman can be an asset to the team, another weapon on the post season roster. Not bringing him up before Sept. means the organization is more concerned with delaying arbitration than winning this year.

Daniel

August 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Why not at least platoon Glaus with Hinske? He looks better when he gets some rest. And it’s not like Glaus is providing gold glove defense.

kurula

August 17th, 2010
8:32 am

maybe glaus is saving his best for september/october? personally, i think he’s spent. he has maybe 3 homers left in him this year. and maybe 10 RBIs. and 17 double plays. all of those are conservative guesses.

foultip

August 17th, 2010
8:51 am

I would like to thank the Brave’s management for allowing me to continue to bat during my recent struggles. With the additional at bats over the last two weeks, I have added another $500,000.00 or so to my salary due to incentitives in my contract. And you thought the new AD at Georgia made good money for all his responsiblities. A few more at bats and I receive another $400,000 to $500,000. I love the Braves. Oh, by the way, subtract Heyward’s first six weeks and get back to me about production. Your favorite player, Glaus.

Tami

August 17th, 2010
9:06 am

I think Freddie even being on the 40-man roster and on the bench makes the Braves that much more formidable of a team than without him. I had a feeling, though, that once Freddie didn’t get called up the end of July despite the fans screaming for him, that we might not see him until September callups — if at all. I think the fact that the Braves are contending this season, though, likely brings Freddie up next month versus if the Braves were treading water in the middle of the division.

Pablo

August 17th, 2010
9:09 am

Can anybody give me a good reason why Ankiel and Glaus or still in the starting lineup?
both are nohit wonders and One can’t run at all. Please bring up Freeman or at least play Hinske more!

Braves Fan Since "80

August 17th, 2010
9:18 am

It would be nice to see freeman up next week before the rosters expanded playing two three times a week…. this would rest glaus, give freman experience without pressure of the position. If he were average or less, no need to worry Glaus get’s rested. If he is terrible which he probably will not be , we get more insurance for next year…. If he is on fire well postseason roster

If Glaus was playing allstar baseball I would call him up late or not at ll…..but i think the experience would be good and a jumpstart on next year at a minimum…….. The clock only matters if he is a superstar-like player and then you would probably McCann him….just sayin

mmck

August 17th, 2010
9:41 am

How about an occasional lineup of PRADO on first, INFANTE on second, and CONRAD at third??

AlforATL

August 17th, 2010
9:43 am

The Braves got way too cheap with the offense this off season. Could they really not afford LaRoche? He ended up signing for a very reasonable contract and was much more of a known quantity than Glaus, who was coming off of a lost year. Glaus carried us for two months, but LaRoche has been great this year and we may not have been in a hole if we had had some offense from the start of the season.

I will say this, though – best bench in all of baseball.

coach smith

August 17th, 2010
9:51 am

DOB,

sounds to me like the Braves’ front office (and you kind of) emphasize AGE of PRODUCTION

I don’t care if he is 19 (Seems AJ did fine at that age), 20, or 35…IF he can PRODUCE at the plate better than what you have, that is ALL THAT SHOULD MATTER

coach smith

August 17th, 2010
9:53 am

If he comes up in September and tears up the league, and then we can’t use him in the playoffs WREN is gonna have egg all over his face

wjones

August 17th, 2010
9:59 am

From all accounts, isn’t Freeman a good defensive first baseman? Is that is true, then even if he wasn’t hitting well we would improve by bringing him up and letting him be a late inning defensive replacement for Glaus (or Hinske if he is in the lineup). I agree with the person who argued that they did this with Andruw–indeed both Andruw AND Jason had much less AAA prep time than Freddie.

. Don

August 17th, 2010
10:00 am

This is absurd. Cox continues to play Glaus on and on and on with him not producing. Why in the world would you not try Freeman – even if for just a few games – to see what happens – how he does. Perhaps he would not hit, but possibly he would and could help carry the club for the rest of the season – or at least until pitchers adjust to him. Point is – it is absolutely absurd not to give it a try and find out. It is the same as always with Cox — For an obvious needed change that is absolutely obvious to most everyone, it takes Cox weeks, sometimes months, sometimes never. His obsession with not making change has already cost the Braves who knows how many losses this season.

faux positive

August 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Wow! McLout, KK, Glauss and now Ankiel and fans speak of the brilliance of Frank Wren. I wonder if anybody also noticed that Escobar is hitting over .300 with the Blue Jays., Gonzalaz is good but he will never be as good as Escobar. Ankiel continues to plunge toward the McLout line with his batting avg. Why not Hinske at 1st more often, rest Glaus more often so that he doesn’t appear to be a dead tree at the plate swinging occasionally .

Ben9494

August 17th, 2010
10:04 am

Am I the only one who is too stupid to understand the braves logic? Basically what they are telling us is they want a glaus a RH who hits lefties at a .233 clip vs a Freeman a LH who hits lefties at .284. They dont want to be lead by two rookies at least the two rookies would lead them to the playoff vs the veterens leading them home

Ben9494

August 17th, 2010
10:06 am

Also I am a RH why dont they sign me

Reality 4

August 17th, 2010
10:07 am

I think the problem with Infante playing everyday is that our bench is so thin now.

I actually like Ankiel hitting #2 and move Heyward to #5 or 6. Gonzalez or whoever playing left field can hit #8.

the truth...

August 17th, 2010
10:10 am

You know it seems to me that this is really stupid…why not bring him up Aug 31 and then he is eligible if needed.

Who knows maybe they throw him in there at first and he hits three dingers day one….???

Then Glaus goes away….oh how sweet that sounds….

. Don

August 17th, 2010
10:29 am

The Braves have two big problems:
(1) Bobby Cox is still the manager,
(2) And there ain’t no cure for stupid.

. Don

August 17th, 2010
10:58 am

Not only does Cox continue to play Glaus on and on and on with him not producing – instead of giving Freeman a chance – to see what he can do;
but he continues to hit Glaus in the fourth or fifth spot in the batting order. You have to get up early in the morning in order to have time to figure out a way to be that STUPID.

Bobby Hill

August 17th, 2010
11:18 am

Neither Freeman nor Wes Timmons is on the 40 man roster. Hicks and Diory have both been on the 40 man roster, and that’s why they are up now instead of Timmons or Freeman.

Big Bravos Fan

August 17th, 2010
11:26 am

How many of you get to watch Freeman play every day? How many of you know how mature he his? Maybe the managers that know him don’t think he’s quite ready and don’t want to rush him and mess with his confidence. Just because he’s hitting AAA pitchers right now doesn’t mean he’ll hit right away in the majors. There aren’t too many AJ’s or Heywards in the world.
Just be patient, we’re in first place, our pitching rocks and Prado will be back soon. Maybe the Braves put him at first and let FF continue to develop at a normal pace.

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T. Glaus

August 17th, 2010
11:30 am

I just want you guys to let me know, do I look good at the plate or what. Notice how i look at first base.

dennis gavin

August 17th, 2010
11:31 am

Trade Freeman to Cubs for Ramirez and lots of cash. play Prado at first , Infante 2b Gonzalaz ss and the right handed power bat at third. Bench becomes even stronger and next year play Chipper at first.

Wiseguy

August 17th, 2010
11:47 am

You can’t spell Rick Ankiel without 2 K’s. Every night !

JoeFan

August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

The Braves really can’t justify keeping Freeman at AAA when he would be a better defensive and offensive option than Glaus. I have yet to read or hear a solid reason for keeping him at AAA. Destiny may be taking a hand with this team but keeping players like Glaus and Ankiel in the lineup is tempting fate.

Marc in FL

August 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

Whatever happened to McLouth? lol

hAL

August 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

big dog these guys dont buy stickin with glauss for one reason hes white and they aint lol

hAL

August 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

hmm glaus and ankiel now hmm both white guys also throw d lowe in that mix and what do you have a lil reverse rasism

Joe in SoCal

August 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

I agree with JoeFan, this is exactly what I wrote about last week with DOB. My greatest fear is that Cox and Wren would take this past weeks HR and RBI output by Glaus as a sign that he’s “coming around” or “hitting balls hard”, Cox’s code speak for “I just drank an entire pitcher full of Kool-Aid”. Any one who has eyes can see that Glaus is ANYTHING but coming out of it. I watched every game this past series with the Dodgers on FoxWest and the Dodger broadcasters continually spoke about Glaus not being able to hit anything EXCEPT the fastball low and middle in, around his knees because he can’t get to anything else. If they can see it, everyone in baseball can see it, which means that from now until this season is over the only balls Glaus will be able to hit are MISTAKES. Hardly a plan to making a run at the post season. This is a bailing wire and chewing gum team, like JoeFan says, stop tempting fate and do something. Bring the kid or Canizares up for a few games and see what happens. There is no reason not too, plain and simple.

dpelfrey

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

BigDog196…regarding Glaus…”Without his super 6 week stretch the Braves might not be in first place now.”

That’s an understatement. The Braves would definitely not be in first place if not for Glaus carrying this team in May. Bottom line.

RichieRich86

August 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

Glaus is a streaky hitter we have all witnessed this the whole season. When he’s on he’s on. He trys the guy can’t help he has bad knees. Freeman needs to stay down in AAA for the rest of the season and be ready for next year. Freeman doesn’t need to be exposed to Playoff Pitching and a pennant race. That’s too much to ask of a rookie. He was struggling pretty bad at the begining of the season in AAA. Glaus can handle it to be honest with you he has surpassed all my expectations of him. Lets Go Bravos! We need to sweep the Nats! Big series we need to take advantage of.

Amazed

August 17th, 2010
12:23 pm

So true! We cannot afford to have a left hander in the lineup when we have a righty who can hit .220 against those left handed pitchers!

ChillyMutt

August 17th, 2010
12:23 pm

LMAO @ “Free Freddie Freeman”

dpelfrey

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

Why all the complaining. It’s August 17 and the Braves are in first place by 2.5 games. This sure as hell beats the past 4 years as far as I’m concerned. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. This team keeps surprising me with new and creative ways to steal games they shouldn’t be winning. It’s fun to watch.

Steve

August 17th, 2010
12:40 pm

Why call Freddie Freeman up from AAA? After all,in July, Glaus had Five RBIs, no home runs and a batting average of .200. In August he is batting .230 with two homers and eight RBI. Isn’t that the kind of production a manager wants out of his firstbaseman?

Amazed

August 17th, 2010
12:41 pm

Sorry, I exaggerated, Troy is hitting .233 against lefties!

Reality 4

August 17th, 2010
12:47 pm

I don’t think it’s right to “see how he handles the major” in the middle of a pennant race. If we are going to bring Freeman up, we must be absolutely sure that he can help the team right away. Otherwise, we should let him prove himself in the spring training next year.

We need to strengthen the bench, and I’m not sure if Freeman will be one.

Amazed

August 17th, 2010
12:50 pm

dpelfrey, its not complaining to recognize that the Phillies are getting Howard and Uttley back. It’s going to be tougher to hold them off now and Glaus is showing very mediocre production for the corner infield position. Now Chipper has gone down and we need another bat to not throw away this amazing season.

tralfaz

August 17th, 2010
12:54 pm

Glaus totally stunk it up the first part of the season, fans were booing him when he came to the plate. Then, as some have said, he got hot and virtually carried the team. Now, he’s stinking again, but, since he IS used to seeing live pitching again, I think its more a matter of bad legs & fatigue. My vote is to keep him, but give him a Chipper-esque schedule of days off. Freeman would be great to platoon with him, he ain’t going to learn much more in AAA

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D

August 17th, 2010
1:07 pm

First of all Glaus is the key to the season…if he gets hot again he can carry into and through the playoffs…everyone hates Glaus but loves Heyward who looks walk first and is batting like .140 the past couple of weeks..

southern hope

August 17th, 2010
2:13 pm

How do you guys know so much about this Freeman guy? and i’m asking this honestly…have people gone to watch him play? Does it mean that much to have a lot of runs in Triple-A considering that you’re playing against other Triple-A? I’m not saying its not great….but a great guy in the mInors might not be great in the majors. Especially when he’s all of 20. Haywood is kind one of those outliers. In any case, I i genuinely don’t get why this guy is being seen as the solution to all that ails….

JP

August 17th, 2010
2:29 pm

The Glaus bashing around here has gotten out of control. The guy that has hit over 15 HR’s and led the team in RBI’s for most of the season is only making $2 million this year. I’d say we have gotten our $$ worth out of this acquisition…..

Reid in EAV

August 17th, 2010
2:31 pm

Hey, remember the last time we had a 1B with bad wheels who could still pop one every now and then? Guy’s name was Sid Bream. (And still is.) He turned out to be pretty important in ‘91 and ‘92.

Just sayin’. ;)

Troy Glaus

August 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

Dont forget i am horrible at defense too! Thanks Frank

robdawg08

August 17th, 2010
9:20 pm

Braves are stupid not to call up Freeman now. Who cares about veteran leadership ? Hell, veterans get old and retire. Glaus is well on his way to doing just that. Play whoever is hitting well and screw the “let’s play an old ass can’t hit veteran down the stretch..”

Johnny Ballgame

August 17th, 2010
9:55 pm

The only leadrership Glaus is providing is to show Gonzo how to strike out and he’s following Troy’s lead all the way to the bench. Freddie!! Freddie!! Freddie!!

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