The Braves made some cuts yesterday, but they were all pitchers, so the kids get to stay around for a few more days. The injury to Garret Anderson should raise the stock of the outfielders trying to make the roster. Here is last week's MTM.
|Josh Anderson, OF||Everyone thinks he'll end up the starting center fielder, so that probably means he won't. I hope the Braves don't get fooled into thinking that just because he has speed means he can lead-off -- he walks less than Francoeur.|
|Gregor Blanco, OF||Still playing for team Venezuela and getting rave reviews from his coach, Andres Galarraga.|
|Brooks Conrad, INF||He's gotten his chances this spring, but he's not showing anything at the plate.|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||After some early fireworks, he's come back down to earth.|
|Diory Hernandez, INF||The hitting has certainly been there this spring, but his defense has been sub-par.|
|Jason Heyward, OF||It won't show up in the official stats, but he's been killing the ball in intrasquad games. He'll finish the year at double-A, and I bet we see him in the AFL.|
|Brandon Hicks, SS||He's been putting in some nice work and helping his stock in the organization's eyes.|
|Brandon Jones, LF||The dude keeps hitting. Considering he's traditionally a slow starter, he's having a great spring. With the injury to Garret Anderson possibly keeping him out for up to a month, the door is opening for Brandon to get some early season playing time.|
|Martin Prado, INF||Pray-do is starting to swing a better bat after starting off super-cold at the plate.|
|Jordan Schafer, OF||He still hasn't gotten back into games after an early spring injury while diving for a ball.|
|= Chance of making the team is even.|
|= Chance of making the team is going down.|
|= Chance of making the team is going up.|
Next week things should get tighter on the MTM, especially for the pitchers.