Braves add Hoover, 2 other pitchers to 40-man roster

The Braves purchased the contracts of minor league right-handers Jaye Chapman and J.J. Hoover and lefty Luis Avilan, adding the three to their 40-man roster to ensure they can’t be poached by another organization in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Chapman, 24, went 3-3 with a 2.50 ERA and four saves in 52 games (one start) for Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett in 2011. He had a 2.98 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 54-1/3 innings for Gwinnett after an early season promotion.

Hoover was 3-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 43 games (14 starts) for Mississippi and Gwinnett, collecting 117 strikeouts with 40 walks in 105-2/3 innings. The hard-throwing 23-year-old excelled after a move to the bullpen, where he could compete for a major league job.

Opponents hit .174 against him in 12 games (two starts) in Triple-A. He has a 3.14 ERA and 425 strikeouts in 401 innings during four minor league seasons, and Baseball America rated Hoover’s slider as the best in the Braves’ pitching-rich system.

Avilan, 22, spent the entire season in Double-A and went 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA in 36 games (13 starts), including a 3.82 ERA as a starter. He had 78 strikeouts with 36 walks in 106-1/3 innings.

Avilan is currently pitching in the winter league in his native Venezuela and has a 2.92 ERA in six games (five starts).

With the additions, the Braves have 36 active players on their 40-man roster.

97 comments Add your comment

J-Man

November 16th, 2011
5:59 pm

First (MAYBE)

J-Man

November 16th, 2011
6:01 pm

I did it now I can join the list of other jack@$$es who post first instead of talking about anything of relivance. Thank you God!!!!!

J-Man

November 16th, 2011
6:05 pm

I heardr that Frank Wren has talked to the Agent of the Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, is there any real intrest there and is there any news on Prado and Jurrjens? And have we contacted any SS?

Chris from the Rock

November 16th, 2011
6:05 pm

Can’t let Avilan go in the Rule 5. Could turn out to be the next Santana.

J-Man

November 16th, 2011
6:06 pm

I heard that Frank Wren has talked to the Agent of the Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, is there any real intrest there and is there any news on Prado and Jurrjens? And have we contacted any SS?

Nerdbucket Moylan

November 16th, 2011
6:06 pm

trade 4 yonder alonso

BFC

November 16th, 2011
6:15 pm

As long as Derrick B Lower is off our 40-man, I am a happy Brave fan.

richaw

November 16th, 2011
6:20 pm

AZ Fall League Report: it was a Braves day on the mound in sunny Surprise, AZ. A record 601 in attendance it was announced!

Lh Gilmartin looked very good in 3 inns: one hit and 4 k’s. Nobody could pull him. Only hit a dink to Rf. Had mound composure and good command of breaking ball. Reminded me of Minor.

Bullock in relief not so good command. Walks and hard hit base hits. Left after 1.1 inns with sacks loaded. Saved by relief for no further damage.

Rh Navery Moore, signed out of Vanderbilt, pitched very well. Economy of pitches, 19 in two inns. Looked quick and posed.

C. Bethencourt caught well. Long arms and good arm (despite one throw into CF, no damage, the runner had the base way stolen. Strong pick off throw to 1b, not quite in time. Handled himself well.

Of Cunningham, walked and scored a run and SB. Runs well, saw nothing with the stick today.

Tredo didn’t play. Team’s last game is Saturday for league championship.

ray

November 16th, 2011
6:20 pm

they still have 4 open slots on 40 man roster. that is enough for what Wren needs to do; not that he’s going to do anything of value.
Braves give away enough young talent in trades so have to try to protect as many as possible from rule 5 draft.
I think they paid Hoover a $400,00 bonus to sign out of an Ala. CC as a 10th rounder in 2008 , and paying above slot is a rare occurrence for them.

[...] David O’Brien’s report [...]

Paddy

November 16th, 2011
7:07 pm

ray…..seems like the Braves saw something they liked in Hoover in’08 and like him even more now. They have always been great in evaluating talent, either it be draft possibles or their own system’s players.

Electrolux

November 16th, 2011
7:40 pm

Hoover sucks.

Bob Wickman's navel lint

November 16th, 2011
8:01 pm

Better question is who is now exposed to rule 5 draft and who are legitimate candidates to go (ie Scott Diamond in 2010) and why we should care?
Burp!

Bye Fredi

November 16th, 2011
8:07 pm

I read the Marlins are going nuts trying to get the big bats. I know where they can get a crummy manager. oh yeah……they got rid of him already.

Mike Lum

November 16th, 2011
8:13 pm

We talking J. Edgar or Herbert? Never thought much of Herbert’s Uncle Charlie, but his Aunt Sally was a right fine cook.

Marshall

November 16th, 2011
9:06 pm

Electrolux – that made me laugh. thanks.

J-Man

November 16th, 2011
9:15 pm

God I’m bored we need some more rumors to rumble about come on DOB pull something out please!!!!!!

fan

November 16th, 2011
9:19 pm

Electro, how can you possibly say Hoover sucks? Do you follow anything at all? Are you aware of everything, or nothing at all. I’ll go with nothing at all. Go read man.

Bill

November 16th, 2011
9:50 pm

Bowden on MLB talk radio..was saying Braves’ JJ for Carlos Quentin was possible deal in works….I really think we could get more for JJ..Quentin has not played a full season in 3 years. We don’t need another 100 gamer…we need someone thats there all season. Plus CQ will be a free agent after 2012..right

Big John

November 16th, 2011
10:17 pm

Any word on how local prospect from East Coweta HS Brett Butts is doing recovering from Tommy John surgery? I know he was very high on the Braves prospect list before the injury in 2010 and I believe he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in December. I really enjoyed watching local kids make our Braves!

count_schemula

November 16th, 2011
10:47 pm

Still dealing with the end of season collapse. Not interested in anything Braves related at the moment. As if first round exits to the Cubs and Giants was not bad enough…

John A.

November 16th, 2011
11:32 pm

I understand that pitching is important, but isn’t position players equally important? If runs are not scored we still don’t win….right?

J-Man's Spelling Coach

November 17th, 2011
1:16 am

J-Man…instead of looking for kudos, look for better spelling…you spelled relevance wrong

J-Man

November 17th, 2011
2:33 am

Ok spelling coach got ya ……i mean you. Can you then tell me about the importense of speelin goood. Then maybe I can be ready for the 5th grade spelling test this Friday. Too bad im 28 lol. See unlike many of you i can poke fun of myself and take a joke and not get mad. The only thing i get mad about is Fredi botching that 10 1/2 game lead and pitching D BLOWE every 5th day

Around The Horn

November 17th, 2011
5:20 am

FREDI

Can the Braves take Fredi off of the protected list?

Please!

Paddy

November 17th, 2011
6:34 am

fan……….Hoover sucks, get it?

Trader Jack

November 17th, 2011
8:43 am

how about some BATS !

If we are depending on a part-time Chipper, a .232 hitting Uggly, an overrated .220 hitting rightfielder and a blurry visioned McCann to provide the offense,this team is in serious trouble !

Lemke's Knuckler

November 17th, 2011
8:59 am

“Bowden on MLB talk radio..was saying Braves’ JJ for Carlos Quentin was possible deal in works”

Don’t listen, he’s one of those idiot ESPN guys that throws a rumor against the wall and hopes it sticks.

stew

November 17th, 2011
9:00 am

I agree with you guys Fredi sucks. Every time a young pitcher got a chance he got pulled after 5 innings. He wouldn’t allow any starter to pitch the sixth inning. He’s not a manager. He just worries about who the next guy is. Instead he should worry about getting the winning out. Beachy would have won 4 or 5 more games.

Lemke's Knuckler

November 17th, 2011
9:03 am

Bowden’s also the idiot that made up the Delmon Young for Prado swap. He went as far to say it was “brewing,” which makes me wonder what his definition of brewing is.

Trilobite

November 17th, 2011
9:40 am

Good one Electrolux but wasn’t that a family secret?

Jerimiah Jones

November 17th, 2011
10:19 am

I think Rooster (the rocket) Ritoria would be a GREAT pick-up.

Jerimiah Jones

November 17th, 2011
10:21 am

And Obankruptbama BLOWS…………………..

Darryl Strawberry

November 17th, 2011
10:32 am

Obankruptbama is a classwarrior, inciting the occupiers and dividing our country.
He is the Beast.

Bill

November 17th, 2011
10:40 am

Lemke’s knuckler..lol

Don

November 17th, 2011
10:57 am

Everyone seems to ignore and overlook the OBVIOUS fact that nothing else is really going to matter – make a difference — the Braves are DOOMED TO LOSE as long as they continue with the “INJURY MILL” for Starting Pitchers that they have had in the 6 or 7 years since Leo left as Pitching Coach — where ALMOST EVERY Starting Pitcher becomes injured. This is absurd. Right now 3 geat young pitchers (JJ, Hanson, and Medling) who should have been the core of an outstanding Starting Staff for years to come – are ALL INJURED. The odds are low that they will ever come back and really be great. What do you think would have happend if SMOLTZ, GLAVINE, AND MADDOX had all been SERIOUSLY INJURED early in their careers???

Bernard

November 17th, 2011
10:59 am

Lets get Wright & Reyes..flush Fredi…and Gonzo…Pujos would be the cure for what ails the Bravos!…hee hee hee alright just day dreaming

Frank Wren

November 17th, 2011
11:09 am

It looks like our roster is set for 2012.

I can almost hear “play ball” !

Frank C

November 17th, 2011
11:13 am

Stew is exactly right about Beachy possibly winning 4 or 5 more games. One game in particular really irked me. In his last inning of that game, two of the outs he recorded were foul popups, one to the catcher, which means he’s still got “hop” on his fastball and he ain’t tired. I pitched from 6th grade all the way thru college and the pitch limit is a pure pile of crap.

benchwarmer

November 17th, 2011
11:25 am

We don’t need politics on this sports blog please. Electrolux sucks too. Rentoria is not the answer. Keep Prado! I would prefer to trade Heyward if he can draw any quality right now due to his awful season.

benchwarmer

November 17th, 2011
11:26 am

Reyes is too often injured.

Darryl Strawberry

November 17th, 2011
11:30 am

So you think the rooster is set?

gcs

November 17th, 2011
11:52 am

Can they play left field?

.

Bill

November 17th, 2011
12:18 pm

Maybe we can get a LF’er from occupyed Wall Street… Percy Sledge singing “Out of Left Field” for Braves.

chc4

November 17th, 2011
12:26 pm

Sure seems like the Braves are slashing payroll. Prado had a bad year but with Chpper’s health issues sure doesn’t seem smart to dump him for prospects… unless Wren is being forced to. After last seasons debacle if we start a bum like Diaz in LF you can forget about it. The Braves will drift away to total irrelevance in this city.

Joe

November 17th, 2011
12:29 pm

a bum like Diaz in LF you can forget it~~~~chc4
I must agree!

neil marlowe

November 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

Unless the Braves get another quality hitter, they are doomed to mediocracy.

Frank Wren

November 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

Matt Diaz in LF will give us the right-handed bat we’ve been lacking.

You gotta love this lineup!

Billy Marlin

November 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

With the Marlins opening the check book for free agents, the Nats improving and the ever-present Phillies looking to upgrade, your Braves will be competing with the bankrupt Mets in 2012.

J-Man

November 17th, 2011
1:06 pm

When and where are the Winter Meetings gonna take place?

David O'Brien

November 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

When and where are the Winter Meetings gonna take place? J-Man

Dec. 5-8 at Dallas

Darryl Strawberry

November 17th, 2011
1:12 pm

I be hating on dis adminastration……………………..

the billman

November 17th, 2011
1:53 pm

If I have my facts right, the Braves are down to the last year of Liberty Media-induced misery before they’ve max’d out their tax breaks and profits and will sell the Braves. 2012 is shaping up as another bust and it won’t take until September for the inevitable collapse. The Braves have a few real gamers, but there simply isn’t enough reliable quality talent to go even as far as they did last year and no immediate help in sight. Every other team in the NL East is making moves to get better. From where will the Braves seek relief? Free Agents? Have you checked the list? See anything realistic that’s an improvement over what the Braves have had the past few years? Wren will play some cosmetic musical chairs with players with no real(istic) expectation of improvement. Make a trade you say? Again, what realistic trade can you make with Prado, JJ or anyone else for that matter that won’t weaken a current strength and bring in the kind of difference maker(s) this franchise sorely needs? Congrats to Kimbrel on ROY and front end of the bullpen for an outstanding 2011. Pray that Wren trades you before Fredi destroys your arms. Oh, for the good old 1990s. It seems so long ago now.

J-Man

November 17th, 2011
1:56 pm

Joe

November 17th, 2011
3:07 pm

@ 12:48..not frank Wren?…Diaz in LF will give us the RH bat we’ve been lacking….Then you must be drunk are smoking something…Diaz is a damn joke. Braves went down hill when he returned..lol

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 17th, 2011
3:08 pm

Braves should add DOB, Miller, Coors, and Busch to their 40 man rooster.

Mr. Baseball

November 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

With the Astros moving to the American League, who is left in the NL for the Braves to beat up on ?

Bill

November 17th, 2011
3:18 pm

Orange Brave..when you going to open a new BBQ place?

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 17th, 2011
3:30 pm

Bill, I will open another place when (A)I have capital, OR (B) the Braves win it all.

Reality Braves Fan

November 17th, 2011
3:57 pm

if you are old, slow & cheap, Frank Wren has a LF job for you !

extremus

November 17th, 2011
4:14 pm

Okay, the Astros are headed to the American League in 2013, which will result in season-wide interleague play. That’s going to ruffle some feathers, but I canlive with it provided everyone’s schedule is EQUAL.

My BIG concern is that Bud Selig is moving forward with plans to introduce the extra wildcard team and one-game playoff in each league. You could not deliberately whip up a better recipe for disaster from a PR standpoint. Think about it: your team finishes in the top wildcard spot, say 8 to 12 games ahead of the second wildcard team. It doesn’t matter that you were 8 or 12 games better than them over the course of a 162-game season; your fate is determined by a single game in the least predictable major sport there is, where over time a better team will show themselves as that but yet on any given day the worst team can realistically beat the best team. I guess if you’re a fan of the team that got in by the skin of its teeth you’d be rejoicing at your good fortune, but I think when all is said and done a LOT of fans of the game are really going to HATE the 1-game playoff scenario. It just doesn’t make sense for baseball.

Bill

November 17th, 2011
4:17 pm

ok..orange brave, so I guess you retired….But That BBQ sure was good…

Fred

November 17th, 2011
5:01 pm

Interesting. The Cubs and Cardinals have now named new managers, the Sox are searching, but through it all there was not one word (outside of yours!) about TP being considered for any of these positions. Perhaps his potential as a major league manager is over rated???

Frank Wren

November 17th, 2011
5:09 pm

I love to sign .230 hitters and overpay for them.

Bobby Bobby

November 17th, 2011
5:11 pm

Attn JMan. Katz the Cuban’s agent has many clients. Just because Freddie is Cuban media has speculated After KK I doubt Wren will sign another player sight unseen.

Felix

November 17th, 2011
5:16 pm

Who are these guys? Hoover? Brad Hoover who use to play for the Carolina Panthers?

I mean, are we suppose to get excited about this news? WTF?

Bill

November 17th, 2011
5:31 pm

Yes, Why was TP not in the running for a managers job , somewhere? Fred must be right.

Chillahill

November 17th, 2011
6:52 pm

John smoltz had a losing record in aa as well dont forget!! Hoover may suck but hoover dont blow!!
All AA outfied ! If that dont fill up the seats then thety aint gettin filledd. Frank Wren is definately aware of EEOC employment practices.. And with bourne heward and young Heck even ill go all 1964 and raise a fist durimg the anthem. That outfield is what Atl needs. Dont hate. Participate!
You go frank wren… Heck shake it like a polaroid picture. Hey yea!!!

garynpOH

November 17th, 2011
7:11 pm

“We are not going to dabble financially in marginal players.” a quote from the colorado gm, wish it came from Wren

billmaier

November 17th, 2011
7:22 pm

is there any truth to the rumorsvon the braves sight– that prado did not take instuction from the coaches- or just some moron making something up?

Sam

November 17th, 2011
8:09 pm

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. For some crazy reason, he wants to go to Georgia Tech…not sure why?

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

Bill

November 17th, 2011
8:24 pm

Enter your comments here

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 17th, 2011
8:38 pm

Bill, not retired, just looking for work. I tried doing the Occupy Atlanta thing, but I like to shower every day, brush my teeth, comb my hair, Well, you get the idea. Plus, I am something of a capitalist and entreupreuner so I just did not fit in with some of my Occupy Atlanta peers.

Thanks for your comments on our Q. I still have the recipes. Would like to find a place down near the Ted.

Any news/thoughts on Brave’s signing Bourn to a longer term deal?

David O'Brien

November 17th, 2011
9:03 pm

Any news/thoughts on Brave’s signing Bourn to a longer term deal? — Orange Brave

No, Braves haven’t approached him yet. They’re going to focus on trying to made any additions they can to improve next year’s team, then possibly move on to any extensions with current players. I asked Wren today.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 18th, 2011
3:24 am

I don’t know much about Hoover, but from what I have heard nobody does it like him.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 18th, 2011
9:07 am

Thx DOB.

Still cannot get over the Colt .45’s moving to the AL. I will miss their uniforms. The man who invented polyster must have been a Houston fan.

Not Automatic

November 18th, 2011
9:40 am

DOB, I hope Braves aren’t relying on Heyward to produce & start in RF next year. He will have numbers like this : .245 9 41 over 162 games. Braves need a productive LF & RF. Heyward is not ready to be the Braves RF yet.

Not Automatic

November 18th, 2011
9:42 am

Will Wren sign another McLouth or get a bonafide LF ?

wjones

November 18th, 2011
11:01 am

“Not Automatic

November 18th, 2011
9:40 am
DOB, I hope Braves aren’t relying on Heyward to produce & start in RF next year. He will have numbers like this : .245 9 41 over 162 games. Braves need a productive LF & RF. Heyward is not ready to be the Braves RF yet.”

So what you are saying is that is totally impossible for him to post numbers similar to 2010? What do you base that on?

Don

November 18th, 2011
11:04 am

Let’s see – What do the Braves REALLY have?
(1) A part time third baseman (at best) who is no longer a really great hitter even when he is playing and who has significant defensive limitations.
(2) No shortstop.
(3) A second baseman who has a terribal Batting Average and a terrible On Base Average. Even his power is questionable against good pitching.
(4) Which Prado will show up to play Left Field – if he is even still with the team.
(5) In Right Field — Why do people think that he is going to be any better – his hitting does not justify his being even a fourth outfielder
(6) And worst of all – the three great young pitchers (JJ, Hanson, and Medlin) who should have formed the core of a great Starting Rotation for years to come – are all injured. Odds are low that they will ever come back and really be great. The Braves are DOOMED TO FAIL as long as they continue with the INJURY MILL for starting pitchers that they have had in the 6 or 7 years since Leo left as Pitching Coach – where ALMOST EVERY STARTING PITCHER HAS BECOME INJURED. THIS IS ABSURD.
So the ROSTER IS SET??????

wjones

November 18th, 2011
11:04 am

“Not Automatic

November 18th, 2011
9:42 am
Will Wren sign another McLouth or get a bonafide LF ?”

Any idiot can criticize a trade 3 years after the fact. I don’t remember much disagreement with the deal at the time, and how do you feel about the players we gave up? What are they up to now?

Necromancer

November 18th, 2011
11:10 am

Neal, what the Braves need are quality owners…..

wjones

November 18th, 2011
11:17 am

Don, you can do this with virtually every team, especially at this time of year. Post what they are now, with meveral months to go before Spring, and ignore any strengths, and only accent the negatvies about every player and position. I’ll take the Phillies:

Let’s see: What do the Phillies REALLY have?

1) A catcher who has missed significant playing time, is over 30, and can’t hit breaking balls. With no competent back-up to speak of.

2) A first baseman who will make $25 millian this year for sitting at home. He will be replaced by a 41-year-old man who hasn’t played the position in 4 years.

3) A second basemen who is breaking down, and has missed much more playing time than the much older Chipper Jones over the last three years.

4) No shortstop.

5) A third baseman who also missed significant playing time, and saw his overall production drop. Which one will we see (if you can say that about Prado, I can say that about a much older player).

6) A left fielder who is 40 and saw a significant drop in power. Never was a prize defensively and hasn’t improved with age.

7) One starting pitcher who probably won’t re-sign, and who may get injured if he does, and a rookie who was probably pitching over his head–he had numbers that exceeded far above anything he had ever done before.

8) A suspect bullpen.

See I had more problems for the Phils than you did for the Braves.

iTiSi

November 18th, 2011
11:19 am

Since there’s going to be two wildcard teams now, the Braves should have no problem getting into the playoffs. Then, as long as Fredi G is the manager, they will be one and done. Since MLB is going this far with their qualifying teams why don’t they just let everybody in the playoffs? A 2 out 3 series with pool and bracket play. After all in this “liberal weenie” type environment today where all kids get trophies whether they win or not, so as not to hurt any feelings, why don’t they do this? Share the wealth, spread it around! GEEEEEZZZZZZ what is wrong with this country?

David O'Brien

November 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

So what you are saying is that is totally impossible for him to post numbers similar to 2010? What do you base that on? wjones

Never said he’d post same numbers as 2010. Said it was entirely possible for him to have a strong bounce-back season, as someone put it when they asked me. And I base that on the fact he’s 22 years old and already had an .849 OPS season at age 20. He’s very talented, as you might have heard.

wjones

November 18th, 2011
12:48 pm

Now with the dumb two wildcard system, it’s going to be interesting how strategy changes. This year would have been reasonable, as you had two teams neck and neck in both leagues, so either team making it would have been ok. But what happens, say a couple of year from now, when in the AL East, the Yankees and Red Sox have the two best league records, and whoever is second is 8 to 10 games better than the next best teams (could even be the Rays or Jays in the same division) and the lesser team beats them out in a 1-game playoff! So in essence 1 game trumps 162, which is inherently unfair. I know football playoffs are like that, but their schedule is 1/10th of baseball’s, so a best of 7-game series is comparable, unless you wanted to go to a best of 9-game series.

wjones

November 18th, 2011
12:53 pm

“David O’Brien

November 18th, 2011
12:04 pm
So what you are saying is that is totally impossible for him to post numbers similar to 2010? What do you base that on? wjones

Never said he’d post same numbers as 2010. Said it was entirely possible for him to have a strong bounce-back season, as someone put it when they asked me. And I base that on the fact he’s 22 years old and already had an .849 OPS season at age 20. He’s very talented, as you might have heard.”

DOB, I wasn’t responding to you, I had copied “Not Automatic”’s post about Heyward not being ready to be a rightfielder, who also predicted that he would hit .240 with 9 homers. I was questioning his logic by asking if he thought it was impossible for him to produce 2010 numbers, and to explain his logic. I didn’t know you had posted anything about Heyward. Sorry if I was confusing.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 18th, 2011
1:26 pm

J HEY might be a concern, but not based on his numbers or what ultimately was the a total or partial cause of his downturn in production, namely injuries. I think we have other side issues that need to be addressed first. I.E.: either resigning Gonzo, or finding another shortstop, strengthening the bench, finding middle relief help, getting our young starters healthy and back at full strength, etc. etc.

wjones

November 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

Here, as the roster stands, is what needs to be filled.

1. As of this moment, we have 10 position players, seven starters (we need a starting SS), and three subs (Ross, Hinske, Diaz). So we need three players, and there is no debate what they have to be–a starting ss, a back-up IF who can play SS, and a back-up OF who can play CF. Unless, of course, trades are made to tinker with the roster. Right now, Prado is our starting LF, and our back-up at 3B and possibly at 2B; can also be spotted at 1B if need be. I guess our placeholders right now would be Pastornicky at starting SS, Hicks and Costanza as our other back-ups, until something else is done.

2. If we make the assumption that Moylan is gone, and that Hanson will be ok, and again no trades are made, then we have approx 10 of our 12 pitching spots covered. Starters would be Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Beachy, Minor. Top 4 relief guys would be Kimbrel, Venters, EOF, and Medlen. Martinez as long man. So need to fill final two spots, and would be nice if one was a lefty. Would assume that Delgado and Teheran are not part of a bullpen contention group, but would rather be considered as fall-back starters in case of injury/trade. Internal possibilities, as they stand this second, would be Vizcaino (unless they are putting back into rotation at AAA), Varvaro, Gearin, Asencio, and longer shots Hoover, Redmond, Cordier, Chapman. Can see maybe one at most of that group making the team, barring injuries, and the Braves bringing in a FA or trade piece for the other spot, or maybe both spots.

3. There are four spots available on the 40-man right now, so they have flex room. Interesting, the age breakdown—9 players 30 and older, 9 players under 25, and exactly half from the ages of 25 to 29 (prime players). And the under 25 has some pretty major guys–Kimbrel, Freeman, Heyward, and also Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino—our youngest guys are not light years away, but actually either already major contributors or close to it. Oh, and a seventh of the nine–Pastornicky.

Trilobite

November 18th, 2011
2:10 pm

The two wildcard teams make it increasingly important to win the damn division and not be put in that crap shoot. The crap shoot will be interesting as long as we’re not in it.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 18th, 2011
3:52 pm

Well stated Trilobite. W/C change will/should really change your strategy, particularly in a strong division like the NL East.

Bill

November 18th, 2011
3:54 pm

DOB..Since the AJC poll on Mark Cuban buying the Braves is 9000+ yea and 350 nas… why not try to contact Cuban and let him know the fans wish he would buy the Braves. You being a Very Good Sports Reporter for AJC and Braves should get a very good story. Just my 2 cent worth.

Orange Brave..Man, I got faith something good will happen for you..keep the faith….Hope Braves sign Bourne for 3-4 years..but Boras is his agent. Would also love to have Lorenzo Cain in LF.

Felix

November 18th, 2011
4:02 pm

I see the Braves organization hasn’t changed……still choking. Wren is freezing up during the offseason.

NickB

November 18th, 2011
4:55 pm

freezing up? It’s not even the arbitration deadline yet! The winter meetings are several weeks away!

Methinks you don’t have much of a clue about the mLB offseason workings.

Boat Doc

November 18th, 2011
4:59 pm

DOB – any inclination if the Braves might be among the teams interested in courting Yu Darvish? I’m guessing the fees for just the rights would put him out of their price range.

I also agree with Bill – even if the answer is “no” it ought to be worth a story just to ask Mark Cuban if he is interested in the Braves. Interesting that MSN just ranked the “Top 5 NBA Owners” and they note that the things that were negative about Cuban PREVIOUSLY (mainly lack of ability to keep his passionate chopper shut)

“Now that Cuban has learned to shut up and not let his mouth get in the way of a title, he’s become the perfect owner. Not only is he willing and eager to spend money to win, he really, really cares about his team. That’s why Dallas fans love him. His players, too. His passion for basketball and the Mavs is genuine and contagious. Any team would be lucky to have this dude in charge.”

Sounds like the kind of dude who could also run an MLB franchise…

Ted

November 19th, 2011
12:20 pm

With the pitching the Braves will have they should play small. We saw what happened before the collapse it worked and was exciting to watch. We are not going to pony up the $$ for a power hitter and the reality is half the time they don’t produce. Get some speed which doesn’t cost that much and we can win a lot 3-2 games. my 2 cents.

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