**No Pepper**–Part of the BravesBeat Network: Exposed

Brad’s run down some of the players the Braves left off the 40-man roster. The best might be Buddy Hernandez, the diminutive lefty who was lost to the A’s in the last Rule 5 draft (actually, I think to another team which traded him to Oakland) but didn’t quite make their roster and wound up back at Richmond. As bad as the major league pen got, the Braves never did give him a shot, and now he’s likely gone again. Another reliever, who was superb last year, Ray Aguilar, might join him. The best-known hitter of the bunch is probably Carlos Duran; I was never high on him but the Braves saw his speed and .270 BA in 2002 and started thinking he was a prospect. (I remember asking Merv why in the world he was considered a better prospect than Gregor Blanco, who was a year younger and a better hitter. I win.) As an outfielder who hits like the Bad Rafael Furcal, Duran never had much of a chance, and the Braves soured on him.

A number of other failed prospects were left off; Cory Aldridge, Jean “The Catching South American Glenn Williams” Boscan, and the pitching Matts Butler and McClendon.