2013 Organization Talent Rankings: Cardinals Rank No. 1
As a cap to our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30. Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth [...]
J.R. Graham Is Golden In Eyes Of Braves
Righthander J.R. Graham finished his first full season at Double-A Mississippi last year, so the Braves invited him to major league camp to see what he could do in front of the Atlanta staff. He made a positive impression during his first week of spring training games.
Is Simmons Ready To Assume Leadoff Role For Braves?
The Braves' big offseason obscures the fact that they have no natural leadoff hitter for this season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez intends to fill the role with second-year shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has 49 games of major league experience.
Which prospects also received votes for the Top 100 list, and what were their highest rankings? Which players are poised to make the biggest leaps from within and outside the Top 100 a year from now? Why is Tigers third baseman/outfielder Nick Castellanos ranked so far ahead of Orioles middle infielder Jonathan Schoop?
David Hale Could Work His Way Into Braves’ Bullpen
A dark horse bullpen contender rides into camp on the momentum of a strong showing in 2012. That would be righthander David Hale, who was Double-A Mississippi's most consistent starter last season.
Teen Jose Peraza Could Be Braves’ Next Star Shortstop
Few organizations have developed shortstops with the same proficiency as the Braves during the past decade. Jose Peraza, who signed out of Venezuela in 2010, could be next in line. He hit .296/.350/.374 in 206 at-bats at two Rookie-level stops as an 18-year-old last season, stealing 25 bases in 30 tries.
What are the many ramifications of the Justin Upton trade, and did the Mariners offer more than the Braves gave up? Is a one-year ban really much of a punishment for Aledmys Diaz if the Cuban defector has falsified his age? Should the Mets' No. 11 overall pick be protected if they sign compensation free agent Michael Bourn?
Role Change Has Carlos Perez Back On Braves’ Radar
Though the past two seasons have dimmed enthusiasm for lefthander Carlos Perez, the Braves believe the 21-year-old still can make an impact in the big leagues one day.
Ross Heffley Outplays Draft Status In Braves Debut
Expectations for 18th-round draft picks are rarely high, though Braves second baseman Ross Heffley's strong early performance might be altering perception.
Northcraft Pitches His Way Onto Braves’ 40-Man
The 22-year-old Aaron Northcraft put together his best season as a pro while pitching at high Class A Lynchburg, prompting the Braves to add him to the 40-man roster in November.
Braves Add Two To 40-Man To Preempt Free Agency
The Braves conducted a bit of roster maneuvering in early November, adding first baseman Ernesto Mejia and righthanded reliever Juan Jaime to the 40-man roster before they could have become minor league free agents.
Braves Look Within For Catching Help
The opening of the hot stove league left the Braves pondering several questions, but none greater than the situation behind the plate after Brian McCann had offseason shoulder surgery.
Salcedo Shows Power For Braves As He Refines Flaws
The Braves signed third baseman Edward Salcedo for $1.6 million in 2010—still the highest bonus the organization has paid to an international player—though the results to date have been disappointing. Regardless, the Braves remain patient with the 21-year-old.
Braves’ Beckwith Benefits From Attitude Adjustment
As productive as the 2012 season proved to be for William Beckwith at low Class A Rome, the Braves first baseman endured his share of bumps in the road when he found himself back in extended spring training in mid-April.
Braves’ Hefflinger Regroups With Rome
Instead of hanging his head following a demotion to low Class A, Braves outfielder Robby Hefflinger made the most of the situation. The 22-year-old joined a Rome club that posted the worst first-half record in the minors, and he helped key an impressive turnaround.
Braves’ Graham Finishes Year Strong In Double-A
Bill Ballew files his Braves final report, selecting a best player and best pitcher as well as a player to keep an eye on.
Braves First-Rounder Sims Has The Makeup To Move
Unlike many of previous year's draft picks who received limited experience during their first professional summers, Braves righthander Luke Sims, this year's first-rounder, signed early and made progress.
Braves Resist Temptation To Move Top Arm Gilmartin
Several scouts have suggested that polished lefthander Sean Gilmartin might be the top pitching prospect in the Braves organization, but general manager Frank Wren resisted the urge to deal Atlanta's first-round pick in 2011.