Braves Organization Report
The offseason is taking shape.
The offseason is taking shape.
With rumors about Marcus Giles flying around like trailers in a tornado, it seemed likely that the veteran second baseman would be turning double plays somewhere other than Turner Field in 2007. Atlanta's need to invest its payroll in other directions is the primary reason for the Giles rumors. Cheaper options also make the situation viable. The organization's depth at second base has become deeper so far this offseason with the performances of several prospects.
An early trip home due to an injury is usually a cause for disappointment. That was anything but the case this fall with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Braves decided the switch-hitting catcher's encore in the Arizona Fall League had come to an end after Saltalamacchia strained his groin and hamstring. Atlanta officials opted to send him home to Florida, especially since he had accomplished everything the organization hoped he would.
Kala Kaaihue has proved to be a nice find for the Braves.
The Braves dip into their farm system to fill out Bobby Cox' major league coaching staff, promoting Brian Snitker, Chino Cadahia and Eddie Perez.
After flying under the radar for much of his career, Carl Loadenthal got hot after a demotion to high Class A Myrtle Beach in early May and led the Carolina League in both average and on-base percentage.
An end-of-season look at the organization's Best Player, Best Pitcher and player to Keep An Eye On.
The past two seasons for J.C. Holt have been eerily similar, but the high Class A Myrtle Beach second baseman is certain the results are nothing more than a coincidence. Holt, the Braves' third-round pick in 2004, got off to a slow start in 2005, and his batting average stood at just .215 on July 1. A strong finish that included hits in 12 of his last 13 games got him to .268.
It is only appropriate that in his 50th year with the Braves, Paul Snyder has made yet another major impact on the organization. After announcing his retirement as Atlanta's director of scouting and player development in 1999 because of health reasons, the 70-year-old Snyder is back as the Braves' farm director. Snyder replaced Dayton Moore, who became the Royals' general manager May 31.
A pair of promising Braves prospects are finally succeeding after struggling for most of the season.
Matt Wright is on a roll, despite one subpar start since his promotion to Triple-A Richmond.
We look at Braves prospects at midseason, highlighting best player, biggest disappointment and biggest disappointment.
A good Rome team is left in lingo by a slew of moves in the Braves farm system.
The Braves entered the 2006 draft with as much depth throughout the organization—particularly on the mound—as they have enjoyed in recent memory and stuck with their tried-and-true philosophy of drafting high school pitchers with three of their first four picks.
The Braves have been patient with Jo-Jo Reyes. He is now paying them back.
Gregor Blanco is one of the few Braves hitting prospects who has started the season strong.
Third baseman Eric Campbell was leading the charge a low Class A Rome club that surged to 14 wins in its first 17 games.
Chipper Jones' knee injury led to T.J. Pena's promotion from Triple-A Richmond to Atlanta and premier defensive shortstop Luis Hernandez' bump from Mississippi to Richmond.
Analysis of the Braves farm system heading into the 2006 season.
ATLANTA—No one was surprised that it was business as usual for John Schuerholz at the winter meetings in Dallas. It also was not considered a shocker that every move made by the Atlanta general manager had a direct effect on the team's farm system. The most notable transaction came on the meetings' final day when Schuerholz sent third baseman Andy Marte to the Red Sox in exchange for veteran Edgar Renteria, who will replace the departed Rafael Furcal at shortstop. Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 for $600,000, Marte had lived up to the organization's initial high expectations by emerging as the Braves' top prospect.