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#136 Joscott

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:02 PM

Wren has put together an amazingly deep team. That Arizona trade will be talked about for years as Justin looks like an early MVP front runner and Chris Johnson has been ore than just a throw in player, he's got one of the hottest bats on the team and is earning more time at 3rd when Freeman gets back.

I still think Freeman is still going to have a monster year and Heyward has been hitting the ball hard, it's just a matter of time before he settles back in.

I actually think the Braves hold on to McCann and take the draft pick compensation at the end of the year. Barring injuries or getting a good prospect in return, I just don't think they are going to get anything better than his bat.

The only hole may come from whether or not Teheren settles in as the 5th starter. It's something to keep an eye on, but even then it's worth noting that Brandon Beachy should be available at the end of the year, although they may take a Medlen approach with him. If you remember, that guy was basically becoming our ace before tommy john.

And how lucky are we that Dempster rejected the Braves trade and we got that Maholm guy?

Looking good early for the Bravos.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:52 PM

I have no idea what Freddy Gonzalez is going to do when McCann and Freeman get back.

How in the world do you take Gattis or Johnson out of the lineup right now?

This team is fun to watch.

If there is one spot i'd like to see them try and upgrade it is at SS. I'm just not a Simmons fan.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

Simba still has untapped potential. Ozzie's glove with Barry Larkin's bat. He already is one of if not the best defensive SS in the game.

http://espn.go.com/b...to-be-huge-star

I wish the Braves could convince someone to take Uggla off their hands.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:47 PM

If there is one spot i'd like to see them try and upgrade it is at SS. I'm just not a Simmons fan.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

If there is one spot i'd like to see them try and upgrade it is at SS. I'm just not a Simmons fan.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:35 PM

12-1 here we come hahahaha i love it.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

Wow, seeing Avilan go down like that puts a damper on the night.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

ohh nooo

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

wonder who they will call up

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

The best part tonight. I watch the games on MLBTV through my Playstation 3 and went back and watched the 8th inning on the Royals announcers feed, and when Uggla hit the third bomb of the inning one of the commentators just went "... Jesus."

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:53 PM

The best part tonight. I watch the games on MLBTV through my Playstation 3 and went back and watched the 8th inning on the Royals announcers feed, and when Uggla hit the third bomb of the inning one of the commentators just went "... Jesus."


Can you find a link somewhere, I would imagine that is quite hilarious.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:09 AM

I have no idea what Freddy Gonzalez is going to do when McCann and Freeman get back.

How in the world do you take Gattis or Johnson out of the lineup right now?

This team is fun to watch.

If there is one spot i'd like to see them try and upgrade it is at SS. I'm just not a Simmons fan.


I would suspect that McCann will get a lot of AB's vs Righties, and Gattis will get everything else. As for Freeman, one would assume he would go back to first, Johnson would get the start on most nights at 3rd, and Juan Franscisco will spend time at 3rd/RF/LF whenever J Upton or Heyward need a spell. He will also likely get at least 1 AB per night as a pinch hitter.

This team is so stacked right now its not even fair. McCann, Freeman, Venters, and Beachy are all out with injuries, and will return at some point in the year. Our starting rotation has been very very good, perhaps with the exception of Tehran, but thats fine, hes only what, 22 years old? We also have Pena coming off the bench who has been hitting quite well, and Schafer who provides good speed on the bases as a pinch runner.

As for Simmons, hes not in there for his bat. If he bats over .250 on the season I will be happy with that.

http://insider.espn....seball-2013-mlb

Because of that stellar defense, Simmons ranks at No. 137 on the BBTN 500, and he has the best defensive projection of any player in baseball. Check out the top five, according to Baseball Info Solutions.

It may seem like a bold prediction to designate Simmons as the DRS leader before he has even played 50 games in the majors, but when you look at his numbers from his limited time in 2012, you may wonder if we are still too conservative. Simmons saved 19 runs with his stellar defense in only 49 games in 2012, likely one-third of the playing time he'll receive this season. He had the second-most runs saved at shortstop -- still well short of Brendan Ryan's 27 runs saved -- and the 10th-most runs saved at any position.
So far, Simmons has not shown any real weaknesses in his defensive game, but he is perhaps most effective due to his lateral range. He, Ryan and J.J. Hardy were the only three shortstops to make seven or more plays above average to both their left and their right last season.


http://www.talkingch...lls-newest-star

On defense alone, Simmons projects to be worth at least three wins every season. He could be a perfectly average hitter and still be one of the most valuable players in baseball when considering his cost and what he provides in the field and on the base paths.

"Simmons has -- yes -- Ozzie Smith-like potential in the field. I don't know if anyone has Ozzie's first-step quickness, but Simmons is close and has a stronger arm than the Wizard."


Anything Simmons does at the plate is purely a bonus. It's never a bad thing to be compared to a guy who won 13 consecutive Golden Gloves and went to 15 all-star games(Ozzie Smith, Career BA, only .262). The future is very very bright for the Braves.

#149 ncguy2184

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:05 PM

Lets go Bravos!!!!!!

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

The Gattis HR trot may be one of my favorites of all time.


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