His K% is at the league average. That's good for a first-year player who is less experienced than other prospects his age.
He's about 1.0 WAR last I checked. It's his first full year.
Yes, I think he will get a chance.
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No. They need him to prove he can be a quality major league catcher. They don't have any other options in the high minors. They just drafted Lucas Herbert.
I think they genuinely want to find out if he can cut it. Bringing him up earlier gave him a few more games to show what he can do.
Doubtful. The plan is to build the core with all of those pitching prospects. That plan is looking shaky in the short term but there's time. My guess is if they spend big money it won't be on pitching.
He's had about three clean innings out of about 10. They added him to stabilize the pen but he's had his share of rough outings.
Probably easier to say who I think will be on the roster: Freeman, Peterson, Simmons, Maybin, Markakis, Bethancourt, Miller, Teheran, Wisler, McKirahan, Vizcaino, Grilli. Lots of wild cards after those guys, IMO.
I think it's realistic they can play the kind of ball they were before Grilli went down and Uribe and Johnson were traded. I mean, .500 isn't unrealistic, right?
No, not surprised. Aardsma wasn't in the future plans so might as well see what Sugar Ray can do (though you are right, it hasn't been much).
Grilli will close whenever he makes it back. Vizcaino until then.
They haven't announced call-ups yet. Mallex Smith will get a chance to join the big-league roster next spring. It's not as if the Braves are flush with outfielders.
No. No. Please, no, because I'm tired of talking about it. Seriously, I think the streak ends. I mean, it has to end. It's getting beyond ridiculous. The luck can't keep going against him.
I thought it was rock bottom when the Rockies swept them the first time. I was wrong. Then I thought last weekend was rock bottom and they'd beat the Marlins because they always beat the Marlins. Now there is a chance they'll be swept by the Marlins and then that would be the new rock bottom.
This is a valid point. A loaded free agent class means lots of bidders, though. I'm not sure how much payroll Liberty Media will allow next season. They can't put the current product on the field again and expect people to just show up to the new park because it's new (though there will be some of that). Prospects are nice but they have to spend on some major-league talent.
No, I don't think they regret it. They wanted prospects and got them. But, yeah, don't think they saw this nosedive coming. The pitching has not held up at all.
Justin Upton? Just kidding. I think. How about Span or Wieters?
He had two starts at Gwinnett since the injury.
I've also heard the theory they may have disturbed a poltergeist at the new ballpark. I'm not an authority on the history of the Braves so I can't say. But your list certainly is very dark.
Personally I think that ship has sailed. I'd guess Miller, Teheran and Wisler are locks for the 2016 rotation. They'd like Banuelos to be in there too to have a lefty. If he finishes strong I'd say he's the top No. 4 candidate.
I got a lot more questions when I did this mailbag two weeks ago. Most of them were angry questions but at least people cared. Now I sense apathy and resignation among fans. That's not a good look for the Braves.