Suffice to say, Medlen has secured his spot in Braves rotation

SAN DIEGO – Before we turn the page on last night’s Medlen-fest and focus on the Braves’ series finale and road-trip finale this afternoon (or 6:35 p.m. back in Atlanta), indulge me a few more moments to reflect upon what we’ve witnessed from the boyish looking right-hander who has what Freddie Freeman called the “Bugs Bunny change-up” and what John Smoltz called a fearless mound presence.

Medlen has been nothing short of sensational since moving to the starting rotation. (AP photo)

Medlen has been nothing short of sensational since moving to the starting rotation. (AP photo)

The debate over whether Kris Medlen was more valuable as a starter or reliever is now moot. He won’t be pitching the sixth and seventh innings in relief again anytime soon.

The only debate is likely to be which of the first three rotation spots should he have for the postseason rotation, assuming the Braves hold on and make it, at least as a wild card and possibly as the NL East winner, the far more preferable – albeit still less likely — route. But with the Nationals in a five-game skid through Tuesday, with just six runs and one homer in that stretch … well, let’s just say we’ve seen worse late-season slides.

Far worse.

Far, far worse.

But anyway, back to Medlen, who has gone 5-0 with an 0.66 ERA in six starts since the Braves moved him to the starting rotation at the end of July. The team has won 17 consecutive games he’s started going back to 2010, when he had season-ending Tommy John surgery in September that would also sideline him for almost the entire 2011 season.

Seventeen consecutive wins – that’s an all-time franchise record, going back more than a century. And it’s the most consecutive wins by any team in one pitcher’s starts since the Cardinals won 17 in a row of Chris Carpenter’s starts in 2005.

Oh, and Medlen has another remarkable streak going now, as you probably know: 28-1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest by a Braves pitcher since the great Greg Maddux threw up a streak of 39-1/3 scoreless innings in 2000.

Coincidentally, it was Maddux that Chipper Jones compared his young teammate to in a tweet late last night (Chipper’s postgame Twitter comments, usually just one or two a day, have become highly anticipated and entertaining fare for his fans). Chipper typed: “Medlen is Maddux-esque rite now, only Med has a better pick-off move! DU went #mammo off the paint can! Bmac is now singing soprano,Lol!!”

To translate: “DU went mammo” referred to Dan Uggla’s mammoth homer to left field; “Bmac is now singing soprano” referred to Brian McCann getting hit by a foul tip in the place where a man doesn’t want to get hit by a foul tip; and Medlen is Maddux-esque… well, that’s obvious.

Medlen did pick off two runners at first base with one of the quickest moves I can ever recall from a right-hander. He’s not too many years removed from playing shortstop, and the hyper-energetic (and switch-hitting) Medlen is perhaps the best athlete on the team, according to McCann. (I’d have to see him face Michael Bourn, Jason Heyward and Jack Wilson in some sort of skills competition before I’d believe he’s a better athlete than those guys, but McCann’s point was understood. Medlen is, by all accounts, an excellent all-around athlete.)

The Maddux-esque reference is not sacrilege or over-the-top hyperbole. No one is saying Medlen is Maddux or that he’ll have even an iota of the success of the guy I consider the greatest pitcher of our generation (non-steroids division). But Medlen is having success now in a Maddux-type manner. That is, not by overpowering hitters with mid- to upper-90 mph fastballs, but by mixing pitches, changing speeds, and location, location, location.

For Medlen, it’s a breaking ball, pinpoint command of his fastball, and that vaunted change-up, which not only neutralizes a lot of lefty hitters, but is also effective against righties.

“He does everything you want a starting pitcher to do,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Tuesday’s game. “Hopefully there’s young players out there watching him pitch. He gets the ball back and fires. He hold runners. He fields his position. He can bunt, hit-and-run….

“He’s another guy that pitches like he’s in the back yard [that’s how Gonzalez previously described Tim Hudson]. He’s having fun. He goes after hitters and nothing fazes him. We’re glad to have him in the rotation.”

Medlen has all of it working in harmony right now, as evident by the jaw-dropping stats he’s producing.

In five starts in August, he has an 0.50 ERA that’s the best among pitchers with at least 22 innings (starters, in other words). Next-best ERAs for starters this month are 1.08 by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, 1.42 by St. Louis’ Kyle Lohse, and 1.47 by St. Louis Adam Wainwright.

The Braves and Dan Uggla hope the long homer he hit in Tuesday's 2-0 win was a sign of things to come, not just a blip amid his epic slump.

The Braves and Dan Uggla hope the long homer he hit in Tuesday's 2-0 win was a sign of things to come, not just a blip amid his epic slump.

Wainwright is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA in five August starts, with 26 hits, five walks and 33 strikeouts in 36-2/3 innings, which would assure him the NL Pitcher of the Month award in most months. But I’d say Medlen has the slight edge this month, with a 4-0 record, 0.50 ERA, 35 strikeouts and four walks in 35-2/3 innings.

In his past three starts, Medlen is 3-0 with no runs, 17 hits, one walk and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings, including 17 innings against the Padres with 15 strikeouts and no walks. The Padres had batted .326 during an eight-game winning streak before Medlen held them scoreless on five singles in eight innings Tuesday.

“He’s not afraid of anything or any situation,” Gonzalez said. “He’s having fun. That’s a nice trait to have. He’s on the mound having fun.”

Medlen was asked again Tuesday about starting (which he prefers) over relieving, and asked if he’s wondered what might have been if he’d been in the starting rotation all season. Medlen handled the questions as effortlessly as he’s handled hitters lately.

“I keep saying the same things,” he said, smiling, “but I love the game, I love trying to out-think guys and out-pitch hitters, and catch them trying to look for something and you throw something else…. That’s what I live for. That’s what I’ve done my entire life. I’ve learned so much from so many different people, and I’m just trying to put it all together and figure it out.”

In other words, he loves everything about starting, the cerebral part of the role and of being in control of the game from the first pitch, as opposed to coming in and cleaning up after others or trying to help finish off what others have started.

“When I was in the bullpen I did my best, and now that I’m starting I’m going to try to do my best,” he said. “So far it’s working. There’s still a month and however many days left. We’ve got a long eway to go, and hopefully we just continue to keep playing well.”

Medlen never once complained or lobbied for a starting role when he was working out of the ‘pen. And when asked last night if he had thought about how well he might have won if he’d started all season, he didn’t bite. Instead, he agreed with a suggestion that he might be fresher now than he would have been if he’d been in the rotation since the outset of his first full season following TJ surgery.

“Also, I could have been in [Stephen] Strasburg’s situation where I could have gotten shut down,” he said. “I’m lucky to be in this situation.”

The Braves feel lucky to have him in this situation. They just put Ben Sheets on the DL with a sore shoulder, and just as the glow was starting to fade from Sheets’ first three sensational starts after a two-year layoff, Medlen’s increasingly dominant performances more than picked up the slack.

The Braves scored only two runs in each of his two starts on the current 10-game trip, but Medlen allowed zero runs and won both games.

“We know he’s going to go out there and throw strikes,” Freddie Freeman said, discussing how the team loves playing behind Medlen. “He’s got a Bugs Bunny change-up, so when he can locate and throw the change-up like he does, and sneak in a curveball every once in a while, that’s why he’s been so successful….

“It’s a long road trip, long flights and everything like that. And the way Med came out and pitched, it gives us a little breather. We can just go out there and play. Chipper and Uggs giave us enough for Med to go out there and go eight strong, and hopefully we’re going to end the road trip on a positive note [Wednesday].”

BRAVES LINEUP (5th different position for Prado on this trip)

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Johnson lf
  3. Heyward lf
  4. Chipper 3b
  5. Prado 1b
  6. Ross c
  7. Uggla 2b
  8. Janish ss
  9. Hanson p

• OK, gotta get down to the clubhouse. Let’s close with a tune from the way-underrated Centro-matic and Will Johnson, one of the many great things about Austin, Texas. You can hear it by clicking here.

Centro-matic_pic

“ONLY IN MY DOUBLE MIND” by Centro-matic

Calculate the trouble lines
Only in my double mind
Foresee the history and then follow through
Where are you going friend?
Maybe to the chorus bend?
Or maybe to the fence that splits your heart and worried mind?

History, harmony, pullin’ back through time
Only in my troubled, double mind
The mystery, the clarity, all the things I find
Only in my troubled, double mind

Champion of quarantine!
Quarantine your demons, friend.
Respect ability, respect what is you
Iron out your trouble lines
Only in your double mind
Respect your history and love what is you

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,941 comments Add your comment

Animus

August 29th, 2012
3:17 pm

So is there any position Prado can’t play?

Brian from SC

August 29th, 2012
3:19 pm

Prado probably wouldn’t be very good at CF, catcher, or pitcher. SS only on very rare occasions.

abeeeewright

August 29th, 2012
3:19 pm

Do we have to register to post to this blog?

Not so much yet.

CB

August 29th, 2012
3:20 pm

Well I didn’t have to sign in for this one????

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:20 pm

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

Well, old blog format lives to see another day, lol.

Hillbilly

August 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

No registration needed.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

good thing too CB, not sure if the years go back far enough for you and me and richbrave

cricket

August 29th, 2012
3:22 pm

where a man doesn’t want to get hit by a foul tip

or by anything else

BFChris27

August 29th, 2012
3:22 pm

Thanks for new blog :)

Animus

August 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

A player who has started in 5 different positions in 10 games, ordinarily would be considered a utility guy. But the regular LF playing all these different spots on a team? I believe HE’s doing everything possible to win.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

not sure why everybody assumed we would have to sign in, not that I am against that if it would help clear out the multiple neggies

tristan

August 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

why is Prado on first? We have the baddest offensive first baseman in all of the minor leagues and we are going to use our utility stud? Come Saturday Mejia better be on the team.

Jimmy

August 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

I’m registerless.
I have no register.
I’m without register.

I’ll get home about 30 minutes before gametime.
Excellent start time.

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

Arizona Fall League rosters have been announced and the Braves will be playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs this year. Here are the prospects we’re sending:

RHP Cory Rasmus
RHP Gus Schlosser
RHP Zeke Spruill

C Mathew Kennelly
SS Nick Ahmed
3B Edward Salcedo

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:24 pm

ok I’m getting tired of reading all the gushy Medlen syrup.

CB

August 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

nolie, wait to Medlen allows 8 runs in 2 innings and it will stop.

Animus

August 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

Aw c’mon nolie, it’s nice to hear gushing once in awhile. We’re gonna read lots of negativity starting in about 3 hours :(

Brian from SC

August 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

Mejia’s not on the 40-man roster.

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

Rotation for next year
1. Huddy
2. Medlen
3. Maholm
4. Minor
5.Sheets, or Hanson, until Beachy gets back, then
1. Huddy
2. Medlen
3. Maholm
4. Minor
5. Beachy. I would say pretty darn good Rotation. Don’t need pitching next year. Just need a LF, and move Prado to 3rd base.

SNEAKY PETE

August 29th, 2012
3:28 pm

right. Excellent,Good,Average,Mediocre to poor, pretty much replacement

Venice Jim

August 29th, 2012
3:29 pm

Thanks, DOB (from a bar near the stadium)

Venice Jim

August 29th, 2012
3:29 pm

Thanks, DOB (from a bar near the stadium)

SNEAKY PETE

August 29th, 2012
3:29 pm

can NEVER have too much pitching

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

Oh yeah, and Edward Salcedo is down to .236/.294/.393 on the year.

Since the MILB All-Star break, he’s hit .202/.279/.368 and in August, he’s hit .153/ .223/.353.

This has been the usual 2nd half slump for Salcedo who needs desperately to have a good 2013 to save his status as any sort of prospect, even at 21 imo.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

must be drinking doubles at that bar…

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

In the announcement yesterday, the AJC expressly said the new commenting system was going to require registering and this was to upgrade the level of the comments overall. If you think the Braves blog is bad just read some of the local news blogs where even the weather becomes a racial issue in about 5 minutes.

I have not posted since the All-Star break waiting for a log-in system. I kinda thought they would have the website converted over by now. I guess I jumped the gun. But regardless, the login system is coming.

For the older people having trouble with the CAPTCHA thing, I think there is a small speaker icon which will play a word and you can type the word in. That is to prevent “non-human robots” from creating accounts to spam the blogs with spam. Even youngins’ hate CAPTCHA, so, you have our empathy there. It’s not readable on purpose.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:31 pm

yeah its like he tires out or the rest of the league gets a great book on him. pretty disappointing so far, but young enough that there is at least some chance that he can get better

Sam

August 29th, 2012
3:32 pm

DOB, any chance the Braves release Jack Wilson since Paul Janish has played so well in his role? Janish isn’t the most athletic player in the world, but he is 1000 times more athletic than Wilson. He makes plays look routine that Wilson struggles with.

The A Bomb

August 29th, 2012
3:33 pm

With the double post you can only imagine what cabravesfan and him are consuming.

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
3:33 pm

And he’s made like 40 errors for the 2nd straight season at 3rd base. I get it, he;’s young for the level – but sooner or later you have to produce.

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
3:35 pm

Agree, nolie. I think next year is a big year for him. He’ll turn 22 years old in July, and still be young for Double-A, although to be honest, I would love to see him repeat High-A and crush it, even if it’s him repeating the level.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:35 pm

Even youngins’ hate CAPTCHA, so, you have our empathy there. It’s not readable on purpose..count

yeah, but this is the worst I’ve seen at least to me. it usually only takes me a try or two on most other sites. also what is going to happen with our names that they say are already taken, when it is us who have taken them? Dam sure hope they add an ignore button after all this

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

I think with the Janish signing the writing was on the wall with Wilson. The club obviously has almost no confidence in Pastor at SS, so unless he can pull off a 2b/OF utility role, he’s on thin ice as well. We have not seen Pastor at 3b have we? I doubt he has the arm for that.

southern hope

August 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

wow, please please have AJC figure out their commenting system before you bring it over here. This morning, I decided to make a comment on the new system, I logged-in via Facebook…no problem, went right in . Two hours later, I decided to make another comment (to tell them that they should have redirected pages…for example, the AJC Braves page now goes to ‘page not found” because they didn’t put a redirect in place before they changed the URL so all bookmarks, etc. are going to broken pages) .

Trying to log-in again via Facebook does, well, nothing…it literally never lets you log in. So then I decided to try Yahoo and Google as an alternative log-in, Unlike the experience before, I was sent to *another* error page telling me that I need to have javascript enabled. Ugh. Anyway, it’s a mess. Plus the text is too small. :)

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Braves, got some one for the bench, and he will be called up in Sept. Lyle Overbay, and I think he will be on the bench next year. I think all wren should do next year is LF with power, and sign Bourn, and tweak bullpen.

DAM

August 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Like I said on the other blog, I don’t like registering in places I don’t have to, so if it does convert, it’s been great talking to everyone on here off and on for the last 3-4 years.

WeBurn

August 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Prado is the MAN! Much respect for someone who can play multiple positions and not let it affect them at the plate. Much respect indeed.

BF54

August 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Nice video great article D O’B

On the warpath…GO BRAVOS

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
3:39 pm

Bethancourt, Salcedo, Lipka, Ahmed, and Kubitza are our best position player prospects.

Unless of course you’re a big fan of the Trio of Woe(Gattis, Terdoslavich and Cunningham). ;)

jl

August 29th, 2012
3:39 pm

Even after Uggla hit that towering home run, the very next 2 at bats he looked horrible, Dumb Ass swings at anything, hoping to hit it by accident.

This guy has no eye for baseball, cannot teach this, so he will go on swinging wildly whatever comes his way.
No slump breaker here. They will keep pitching him down and away, and he will oblige them by swinging for all he is worth(not much to Braves) and miss by a mile.

The A Bomb

August 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

Good to see they’re sending Ahmed — hopefully he’ll tear it up and hike that trade value. With Simmons there’s little hope of him wearing a tomahawk for long.

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:41 pm

Prado has to be the team MVP this year. Bourn had a career year. FF was streaky but solid overall. Heyward looks to be over the sophomore slump and about to go on his Dave Winfield run. Chipper has thrilled and Simmons looks like 10 years of smooth glove and line drives, but Prado is the glue.

WeBurn

August 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Oh yeah, the new format for ajc.com is TERRIBLE. It’s a freaking minefield of ads, and they broke the old Sports link. They are lucky they’re the only newspaper in town.

raleighbravefan

August 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

Is Maholm a #5?…#4?…He’s playing like at least A #3 for us. Who cares what his number is, or even his mythical “ceiling”. I don’t, at least. And I don’t care that he doesn’t throw 95mph.

I DO care whether or not he is doing his job, and is an effective starter for this team at this time. I can’t tell you the metrics, but it sure looks like he is currently doing his job pretty well. I say ride that horse until it faulters. Just my opinion.

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

Next all I want is LF with power who can hit, and drive in runs, and I’ll be happy. The more I think about it. I like Prado back at 3rd base in his regular position.

BravesQueen

August 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

Go Braves!! Just keep winning and gaining ground on the Nats.

TennesseePaul

August 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .176 .317 .235 0.552 .273 ___68
Reed___ .265 .324 .353 0.677 .306 __102
Heyward .333 .366 .718 1.084 .447 __212
Chipper .278 .350 .583 0.933 .398 __171
Prado__ .263 .317 .342 0.659 .342 ___96
Ross___ .235 .308 .382 0.690 .326 __104
Uggla__ .138 .306 .276 0.581 .279 ___75
Janish_ .121 .171 .212 0.384 .173 ___13
Hanson_ .000 .063 .000 0.063 .036 __-79

CB

August 29th, 2012
3:44 pm

Honestly, I understand one of the benefits of registering will be to keep some people from using different monikers and have some accountability. Make it too difficult and many of us will be gone.

what of it?

August 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

McCann takes more shots to the groin than any other person in baseball. it must be at least once or twice a year

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

A spot at the top of the rotation and given 7 more starts he will easily be in double digit wins. When you combine his entire body of work for the whole season, he should garner some Cy Young votes. Maybe not win it, but a strong finish will be fresh in voters minds and should get a few.

cricket

August 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

i’m gone if i have to provide any personal info, including name

timthebrave

August 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

I love having ballplayers like Medlen and Prado…True pros…Go Braves!

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

We need to make the bullpen a tad bit stronger for next year.

Nick D

August 29th, 2012
3:47 pm

Nicknames for Medlen: Med Dog? Maddlen?

Also, Kimbrel for Cy Young? Deserves some consideration, at least.

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:47 pm

Ward, if Prado had a regular position it was 2b. If we move Prado to 3b full-time, we have 2 OF holes to fill. Expect the team to lean on Juan, at least against RH pitching next year. Prado will bounce between LF and 3b and we still need a CF, or failing that, Heyward in CF and a RF.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:47 pm

no name, just preferred blog moniker,password,birthday, Email and M/F. Zip code is optional.

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

“i’m gone if i have to provide any personal info, including name”

you don’t, just don’t use your FaceBook account to register.

Bat Masterson

August 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

KeyLargo_

I’m far enough east of the storm that all we got was some fairly strong winds yesterday and heavy rain for a while last might.

jl

August 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

Why would Freeman not start tonight? The season is almost over, have we given up on catching Nats? I say “balls to the wall” let Prado play SS insteal of Janish, who has a terrible batting avg. We need bats in lineup as well as defensive players. Prado would be fine at SS and we can use another bat like Freeman’s.

Fredi is a total idiot!

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

second is one of Prado’s poorer positions defensively

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
3:49 pm

New AJC website…same old annoying Meebo.

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

We keep Uggla , and Prado at 3rd.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

ranked as second best LFer in baseball in Runs Saved on Bill James/Baseball Fielding site

Kat

August 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Tried to register my name but it was taken already :-/ oh well

CB

August 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Heisenberg, add Adblock PLus and you never have to see any of it.

Lew

August 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

tristan – Have you ever seen Prado play first? Last time there earlier in the year, he made several excellent plays. Dude’s going to give you the best he has – no matter where he plays he’ll be better than most subs. It’s just the way he plays the game.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

I kinda like the starting Prado at SS for more offense against the LH pitching. Get a lead then bring in Janish late and move Prado to LF like last night. Formula works for me.

TennesseePaul

August 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

AT, there was some login option at the top right of the screen on the sports page, or main page… I don’t recall which.

Ward

August 29th, 2012
3:52 pm

All, it’s been good talking, and talk tonight, all have a good one! Enjoyed reading some of your post. Peace My friends, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!” Believe In The Impossible….

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

Adblock PLus, will look into it.

Animus

August 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

CB

August 29th, 2012
3:51 pm

Heisenberg, add Adblock PLus and you never have to see any of it.

Then add Ghostery and Meebo/tracking all disappear – such a nicer site w/out all the BS that pops up.

count_schemula

August 29th, 2012
3:53 pm

“Honestly, I understand one of the benefits of registering will be to keep some people from using different monikers and have some accountability. Make it too difficult and many of us will be gone.”

Think of it as short term pain for long term gain. Once you sign-up, you’re done. I left for a couple of months because there was not a log-in system. If you don’t know who you are talking to or if people falsely accuse you of being some person saying vile things, what’s the point? The noise level will drop considerably once the login system is in place. I still think they should have used a Quora or reddit style system of upvote/downvote, but, baby steps. It’s Cox Media Group we are talking about.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

raleighbravefan

August 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

Shaun (and others) I understand the concept of the value of a player at a given position, based on his defensive and offensive metrics compared to thers at that position, and expectations for that position. I also agree with the value of good defense, but especially up the middle.

I don’t give a tinkers DAMN about where the hits come from, or that a players offense is worth more or less than a players offense at LF (for example). For offense and team scoring, I don’t think it matters what position it comes from. If Uggla actually were hitting .270 and 30 HR, but our LF wqas hitting .250 and 15 HR, I’m fine with that.

It’s kinda like what Shaun actually does say about RBI…Individually, it doesn’t matter much (I don’t totally agree) but as a team stat, RBI matters a lot. Actually, it’s runs that matter a lot. I don’t give a rats azz who actually produces them. Just my obviously uneducated opinion.

George

August 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

The blog is back and so am I. I still wish we could register our names.

raleighbravefan

August 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

nolie – I love you, man…but dude, you are getting more cranky than ususal. :0

Wasn’t Prado and all star at 2ND?

Hillbilly

August 29th, 2012
4:00 pm

Bethancourt, Salcedo, Lipka, Ahmed, and Kubitza are our best position player prospects.

That hurts. Like the others on that list (and I’ll add Brandon Drury), Kubitza has had a disappointing season. Ahmed has been decent though, I suppose.

I asked the other day, but didn’t stick around for an answer: any reason to keep our eyes on Trenton Moses? He’s 23 years old in Danville, I know, but he put up a good showing best I can tell. He was an offensive beast in college, I think.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

it will be interesting if they tie it to your IP address to see who turns up missing. ideally a person using a revolving IP changer would have to re-register with every post ;)

David Perrins

August 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

“but by mixing pitches, changing speeds, and location, location, location.”

How about movement? He looks just like Maddux.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

I have not registered. Just did what I have always done.

DAP

August 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

martin prado is a special, special player.

George

August 29th, 2012
4:02 pm

TennesseePaul

August 29th, 2012
3:52 pm
Main page I saw it when I was looking for thier phone number to call them about BRAVES pages being down.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
4:02 pm

please quote what was it I said that you thought was cranky?
and defensively he has never been more than a very average fielding second baseman.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

They could use the MAC address. Then only changing computers (or network cards) would make a difference.

George

August 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

OH that MEDLEN! BELIEVE IN THE MEDS!

Larry A

August 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

Ward,

If I recall Hanson is arbitration eligible this year so I wonder if the Braves offer him arbitration or let him go or perhaps sign and trade, he really has not been the durable “top of the rotation” power pitcher they had hoped he would be – fastball very low 90s and even upper 80s some days is really not what they were looking for.

I doubt they sign Sheets again unless he is really on the cheap. I would expect to see Delgado fill that #5 spot until Beachy is ready. Also don’t forget Gilmartin and Teheran. Both for sure start next year in AAA and I am sure the Braves are hopeful Teheran gets straightened out. Then there is the wildcard of Zeke Spruill who is a bit older and more likely to get a fast promotion if he does well.

Next year’s third baseman is Francisco. Maybe if he has a bad start to the year they drop Prado there but Francisco’s stats when starting are impressive -> .285, 8 HRs, .319 OB and .865 OPS – all in 130 ABs… Over a full season, that is 30HRs – that is not coming out of the lineup until it is proven to be a fluke. He won’t play against lefties (his numbers are horrid there although perhaps that can improve).

Train Wreck Bystander

August 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

They should have allowed spaces in the blog monikers. It’s not 1997.

nolie

August 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

martin prado is a special, special player….DAP

yeah he is, and I’ve said that since he was in AA ball ;)

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

reason to keep our eyes on Trenton Moses?

I’m not sure, to be honest. I do know Carlos Franco will get the bulk of the playing time at 3rd base in Rome next year – potentially even over Brandon Drury if he repeats the level. We certainly do have lots of 3rd base options in the minors – Leonard, Terdoslavich, Salcedo, Kubitza, Drury, Franco, Moses…. – just not sure if any of them are future average big leaguers. ;)

Big Papa Dawg

August 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

Would rather chop that Uggla home run into a week’s worth of singles. Medlen has the one thing that Hansen does not<heart. Next year Prado Heyward and Medlen will lead this team rather than depend on that overrated third baseman.

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
4:06 pm

Be a really good day on this blog when they lock up Prado…..

Or heck, any player other than Uggla beyond 2013. ;)

Larry A

August 29th, 2012
4:06 pm

Oops, mistyped the Zeke Spruill – he is not older but he has been in the system longer.

bravesgrl4life

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

Huh, I haven’t had to login. This blog looks to me the same as it always has. I don’t mind registering; have to do it for a lot of other stuff. If it keeps the negative nellies and name stealers off here, I’m fine with it. Unfortunately, if I have to login via Facebook, I won’t be able to at least for now since my employer blocks Facebook. Maybe the one that is buying us in October won’t.

ChattTownBrian

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

How “nibbley” will Hanson be tonight? Will he again be terrified to throw a fastball?

nolie

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

but Francisco’s stats when starting are impressive -> .285, 8 HRs, .319 OB and .865 OPS – all in 130 ABs… Over a full season, that is 30HRs – that is not coming out of the lineup …Larry

all against righties though, he will not come close to those averages if he starts playing against lefties too I’m afraid

George

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

I have not looked at box, hope FREDI let him get his CG and SO.

DiamondbackMac

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

Efrim

August 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

Richie Shaffer is at the AFL for Tampa Bay. He may be the guy we should of taken instead of Sims. Although I’m still pretty happy with how the draft turned out.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2012
4:08 pm

Cubs just locked up Castro for 8 years for around 60M. Bought out 4 years arb plus another 3 years with a club option on a 4th..

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