He really does have tremendous stuff and he's proven to be durable, at least in the pen in his first year in the bigs. I think he has starter stuff, and his control has gotten so much better. I didn't hear much about him in the minors, so I have no idea. From what I understand, he didn't have much success as a starter last year at the AAA level.
Anyway, if he's not converted back to a starter........I really think he has the stuff to close in 2011. That sinker is flat out disgusting and like I said, his control seems to have gotten better as the season's progressed.
Going forward, the Braves are in a pretty great position. They have many internal options for the closer spot, which means they won't have to spend big bucks there. The 2B and 1B positions will likely be filled and for cheap. Assuming Chipper retires, there's some extra cash........and that's a spot where they'll have to go outside of the organization to fill(although I wouldn't be upset if Infante were handed the position, at least on a trial basis). The rotation is basically set and if they can move Kawakami(I think they can), it makes their financial situation better. The catchers position is set with the best offensive starting catcher in the league and arguably the best back-up catcher in the league. Right field is set for cheap. If Infante can handle 3B full-time(assuming Chipper retires........but he's been hot as hell lately), all they'll need to go outside the organization for is LF, CF, and a reliever or two.
I'm going a bit OT here, I know, but whatever happens this year in terms of the playoffs.........just be glad about the position they're in going forward.