Alright Braves fans, lets get real. Here you go with realistic projections for the offense and starting pitching staff with the players we have as of today.
Craig Kimbrel- 3-2-1.67era-28saves-63IP-41hits-31bb-89k-1.14whip
These stats are only predictions. Not sure about Moylan being back or if injuries will play any part. Now, I want to give you guys my top 10 Offensive player and top 10 Pitchers.
1. Freddie Freeman-First baseman. Offensive and defensive force.Will be given every opportunity to win starting job during the spring, and I think he will succeed. Grade-9.5
2.Matt Lipka-SS for now, but could transfer to CF if needed. Great young athlete. Should arrive around 2013.Grade 8.5
3.Christian Bethancourt- Defensive catcher who is improving offensively each year.Arrival time 2013 mid season.Grade 8.0
4.Edward Salcedo-Young SS who has struggled adapting to pro ball. Is an outstanding athlete who should only improve as he ages.Arrival time 2014.Grade 7.75
5.Myke Jones-Can play SS,2nd, or CF. Best athlete in the organization. Can develop into a 20/20 SS, which is a rare commodity in today's game.Arrival time 2011 late season. Grade 7.75
6.Adam Milligan-OF-Could develop into powerful corner outfielder, probably LF. Only hope he improves his batting eye and doesn't turn into another Cody Johnson. Needs to get healthy. Arrival time 2013/2014.Grade 7.25
7.Cory Harrilchack-OF-Played very well in winter league this off season. Probably deserves to be higher on the list, but lack of power is his downfall.Above average speed. Could develop into a poor mans Jacoby Ellsbury. Arrival time late 2011 if he plays great early, probably 2012.Grade 7.25,could be 8+
8.Kyle Rose-OF-Big time speed, NO POWER!!!!!! Needs to improve hid sb% to be helpful on the big club.Arrival time 2013.Grade 7.00
9.Phillip Gosselin-INF- Can play 2nd,SS,or 3rd. For some reason, he's not given the props he deserves. Super sleeper. Arrival time 2013. Grade 7.00
10.Tyler Pasternicky-2nd/SS-Picked up in the Escobar deal, he is dynamic on the base path,with a keen batting eye. If he improves his average just a tick, he could be a future all-star.Arrival time 2011 late/2012.
10+Matt Young-OF-I have to put him on here, as he is too good not to. He is a little old to be a prospect(28), but he could make a significant contribution in Atlanta this season. If he could hit 15+HR, he would be great.Grade8+
1.Julio Teheran-RH-Has dynamic stuff and has improved each season. Future CY candidate. Arrival time late 2011/early 2012.Grade9.5
2.Randall Delgado-RH-Like Teheran, has a dynamic arsenal. Future 1/2 punch. Arrival time 2012.Grade 9.0
3.Arodys Vizcaino-RH-Atlanta is blessed with great rh arms in the minors. Could be better than Teheran or Delgado. Arrival time 2013.Grade 9.0
4.Mike Minor-LH-Already made a splash last season and will probably be the big clubs #5 this season. Grade 8.5
5.Brandon Beachy-RH-Like Minor, proved he could play in the bigs last season. His control and ability to strike guys out could keep around for a long time. Grade 8.5
6.Craig Kimbrel-RH-If you go by pure pitching talent, he could be #1 on this list. Might be Atlanta's closer this season. Grade 8.5
7.JJ Hoover-RH-Strike out pitcher who can dominate when he is hot. Arrival time 2012.Grade 8.0
8.Carlos Perez-LH-Young lefty who has nasty stuff. Can be really good. Arrival time 2014.Grade 7.75
9.Brett Oberholtzer- Good young lh pitcher.Arrival time 2013.Grade 7.5
10 Chris Masters-LH-Not on many top 20 lists, but I think he's got real good stuff. Arrival time 2013.Grade 7.25
10+Cory Rasmus-RH-Been injured most of his career, but dominates when he's on the mound. Arrival time 2013. Grade 7+
You may or may not agree with me, so please, let me know what you think, and post your own top 10's!!!