Finding Room for 3 Braves Prospects (and Game Thread)

After last night’s outing, Snitker is unsure about Touki Toussaint‘s future. It could very well be that Anthopoulos wants to see more of Touki to see if 3 starts back, where he showed plus control and command, is still reflective of the pitcher he can be this year. However, even factoring in Touki, the Braves are desperate for starters and there are some Braves Prospects at the Gwinnett camp that could be utilized.

Speaking of desperation, we’ve all seen Ender Inciarte look lost at the plate for long stretches, especially at the beginning of a year. However, what we have not seen until the present is the carry over into the defensive side. A turn in being a defensive standout began in 2019, but has since progressed to the point where Ender’s defense can now be counted as below average. This isn’t good. According to Statcast his ground covered is well below average and his bursts are in the bottom 10% of the league. This is a real problem.

Adding the 2 scenarios up, it’s my opinon the Braves are in need of calling up 3 prospects, 2 already of the 40-man variety, and 1 not. Where do those spots come from? I’ll do my best to answer.

Spot 1: Cristian Pache

Anthopoulos cannot have it both ways. He cannot come out and say that this season is just as important as others and the goal is still the same, a championship, then see obvious holes in the lineup and rotation and leave them unaddressed. It’s time for action.

Cristian Pache may be replacing Ender Inciarte in the lineup, but in all likelihood, he’ll not be replacing him on the roster. The Braves likely cannot afford to release Ender, eating his 2021 salary, so I expect Ender to become a very expensive 4th outfielder. The first casualty of the roster comes at the expense of Charlie Culberson. We all like Charlie, but he’s seen 6 PAs this year and isn’t being used in the field. This brings the question…why is he here at all? Until I see an answer to that question in the form of action, I’m going to assume that he’s the first position player to go.

Spot 2: Tucker Davidson

Tucker Davidson is one of the shiniest toys in the Braves toybox and should’ve been brought up yesterday…and the day before. He’s already on the 40-man, so it doesn’t really make sense that he hasn’t been given an opportunity yet. For the present, I’m going to assume that Snitker’s non-commitment to Touki Toussaint is more that just words and Touki will soon be seeing a trip to the player camp, followed by a promotion of Tucker.

Spot 3: Ian Anderson

Even after promoting Tucker Davidson, the Braves are not in a position where their rotation is full. Adding Ian Anderson makes a ton of sense for this ballclub and his outing in the scrimmage showed real potential. The problem with his move is that Ian is not on the 40-man roster and it’ll take a DFA to open a spot. This is where Chad Sobotka, option extraordinaire, finally gets the ax.

Complications Needing to Be Addressed

While no 40-man moves will have to be made for these next 3, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Chris Martin will need to be added to the active roster at some point. For now, my guess would be that one of Austin Riley or Johan Camargo will be sent back to the player pool along with Bryse Wilson. The last spot is tough, but when the time comes, I’m sure the obvious candidate will stand up.

Thanks for reading! If you liked this piece, check out Matt Pocza’s piece on Adam Duvall.

Author: Ryan Cothran

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65 thoughts on “Finding Room for 3 Braves Prospects (and Game Thread)”

  1. The recent discussion on what constitutes the real Braves Way reminded me of what has always been a crucial aspect — get elite defensive youngsters at premium defensive positions on the major league field as soon as possible, and live with the growing pains at the plate. Andruw, 19 years old. Furcal — well, we thought he was 19. Heyward, 20. Andrelton, 22 but with only 44 games above A-ball. I wish Pache had started the year on the roster, but he’s here now and joins a first-place team, so it’s all good. Our pitchers need him.

    (Except that he’s not starting. W. T. F.)

  2. I think they are concerned about transport and Pache being at the stadium. You know how locked down the Northern Arc is. If they called Pache up to NOT play, then that would be stupid.

  3. Pache should be in there over Ender. Unless he literally just got promoted and isn’t on site.

  4. So yeah, he literally just got promoted and isn’t on site.

    A slightly more disquieting question: What happens if Markakis tests positive in the next day or two?

  5. So what are we realistically expecting from Pache? Looking at his stats it appears he has never really hit well in the minors. Is this another “toolsy” prospect with no hit tool?

    Honestly, he could hit .220 with great defense and be an improvement over Ender though.

  6. Nice progression in XBH from 2018 to 2019. 45 2B+3B last year jumps off the page at me. Also doubled his walk rate.

  7. Tonight is Ender appreciation night. Hope he enjoys his last game.
    I think he will celebrate with a two hopper to second, a pop up to first and two Ks.

  8. Pache should be good for about a 700 OPS (way better than Ender) with almost-Andruw caliber defense

  9. LOL…that first pitch to Soto was literally right down the middle! Like, middle of the plate and thigh high! Was the umpire expecting us to throw at Soto and so wasn’t paying attention?

    Man! Bring on the robot umps!

    UPDATE: OK, so I went and looked at it on MLB Gameday and it was actually middle of the plate, just above the knees. So it gets downgraded from worst call of the season status. I maintain my call for robot umps, though.

  10. If the Red Sox become sellers, Marin Perez could be a trade candidate. He is signed through this year with an option for 2021.

  11. For those of us who watched him play, it’s so fascinating to hear Frenchy as he says Riley needs to learn to lay off the slider that’s off the plate.
    I can just imagine what Mac would say to that.

  12. @28: Marty Perez? He’s 74 years old. He has a career WAR of 0! In 6 years in Atlanta he had a WAR of -0.6.

    Oh… Martin Perez Jiménez? That’s very different. Never mind.

  13. @21 – I think you’re right, the power increase is encouraging. The low walk rate notsomuch. Any prospect watchers out there? How’s his batting eye and bat control? I’m not sure I can take another Frenchy/Riley type.

  14. Yeah, that’s absolutely exceptional work, under the circumstances.

  15. @30 several people over the last week have made This comment, and I think it fundamentally misunderstands how these players work. Of course Francoeur is fixated on the slider low and away, and immediately notices Riley’s tendency to fall prey. Frenchie was fixated on it as a player, because he knew that was his weakness.

    People seem to be thinking that because Frenchie couldn’t hit the slider, he would have trouble identifying this problem
    In others. My best guess is that people are thinking Frenchie was making a mental error as a player, and they expect him to make the same error as a commentator. But he wasn’t making like a cognitive error as a player; he knew what he should do, he just couldn’t identify the pitch or execute or whatever.

  16. Way to go, Freddie. Let’s keep thumpin’ the NL East.

    He wasn’t much of a talent, but I recall Marty Perez fondly. He was the first MLB player to toss me a baseball.

    But if you think Perez was bad, go look up the stats for the guy we traded him for… Craig Robinson. Lifetime WAR: -2.7
    Lifetime OPS+: 43

    And what’s worse? That was the 2nd time we went out & acquired Robinson … oh, those ’70s Braves…

  17. @44–oh, I don’t doubt that Frenchy is well aware of his problems with the low and away slider. He’s actually quite appealing as an announcer in large part because he is self-aware and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
    But when talking about Riley tonight he acted as if it should be a simple problem to fix. He knows better than that!

    I really enjoy Frenchy and Glavine as announcers because I remember them so well as players. Glavine is most critical of pitchers who groove the fastball right down the middle. In my memory, Tom never threw a fastball over the middle of the plate.

  18. @51 that is actually a fun comparison, precisely because Frenchie is focused on what were his weaknesses, while Glavine is focused on what were his strengths.

  19. Like the features on the Negro Leagues — not League, Chip, there were several — but you’d think a Georgia team’s broadcasters would know how Buena Vista is pronounced around here. It’s BYEW-nuh (first syllable rhymes with you) Vista (with the short i as in mist), not the Spanish-language pronunciation.

  20. Chip can’t identify pitch types either. Camargo was late on a fastball and fouled it away and Chip thought it was a breaking ball.

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