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2013 Atlanta Braves

Discussion in 'Team News' started by Timpegoose, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Timpegoose

    Timpegoose Walk On

    Jul 17, 2010
    I've been slacking here, but I'll get a little something up at least...

    We had an absolutely terrible start to the season, at one point dipping as low as 23 games below .500. Since then a couple of key moves have brought us back into contention, and even back to the top of a weak NL East. Tylor Pastornicky made the move to 2B, replacing struggling Dan Uggla. This not only gave us a bit more range at the position although Pastornicky struggled to adjust at first, but it also gave us better offensive productivity as Uggla had been hitting sub .200 and Pastornicky is hitting around .280. The other move that seemed to give us a little spark was the promotion of last year's 1st round pick OF Danny Wood to the major league roster. Before the recent injury, Wood was hitting .282 with 2 3B 4 HR 16 RBI and 5 SB through 49 games. 107 games into the season we sit at 52-55 with a 3 game lead over the Marlins in the NL East.

    The draft didn't go quite as well as we had hoped, as this class was much weaker than last years, but we were still able to get a couple of prospects we like. Our 1st round pick was 3B Jesus Valdez. With his combination of speed and contact potential he should turn out to be a solid big league player for us. If his glove could develop a little bit as well, it would make him a complete player. Defense is his biggest weak point outside of HR power. Our 3rd round pick Gerald King is a high school kid who projects to be decent. He's a solid defensive player, who can play anywhere in the infield. He'll likely be a quality utility guy if he pans out.

    We also acquired some minor league depth in a trade with the Cubs where we sent Mike Minor for a couple of minor league prospects, LHP Su-Min Jung (52nd rated prospect in baseball) and 2B Logan Watkins who will be solid if he can cut down on the errors. If not, he could find himself out in CF, where he is a bit more sure handed.
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