Dave (Atlanta): How would you rank the Braves top international pitchers: Delgado, Teheran, Lopez, and Vizcaino?
Ben Badler: Vizcaino, Teheran, Delgado, Lopez. I believe I'm in the BA minority though in edging Vizcaino over Teheran.
Badler has always had a great love of Vizcaino, but at this point it certainly looks like Teheran is the better prospect, with possibly Delgado coming in second with the season he's having in a more advanced league.
Daniel (Indian Trail, NC): Other than Freddie Freeman, is there anyone within the upper levels of the Braves system that can legitimately step in and fill a position next season for a much needed bat in our desperate lineup (excluding the fact that we hit well during the 3 game sweep of the Brewers). Also, is Schafer ever going to materialize into an option beside Heyward for us?
Ben Badler: Other than Freeman, no, it looks like they would have to go outside of the organization to find another bat. To be honest, I don't know what to make of Schafer. He's had such a strange developmental path between his suspension and what he had to deal with mentally after the suspension that, really, I just don't know. Some scouts saw him as an everyday regular in center field, but there seem to be just as many who see him as a part-time guy who has to sit against lefthanded pitching.
Our elite hitting prospect depth is not that great, but the development of hitters has generally taken a back seat to the development of pitchers in the Braves system. Still, the Braves have produced a lot of major league hitters in the past decade. Maybe as many if not more than the pitchers they've produced. This is a conversation for another post, though.
Bubba Brown (Roy, UT): Has Julio Teheran put himself in position to be discussed with the elite of the elite prospect arms?
Ben Badler: He's already there. He might have the best fastball/changeup combo in the minors
Fastball/chageup -- a lot of people have made a career out just throwing those two pitches effectively.