Atlanta Braves Making The Team Meter 2011: Week 4

The fourth week of the Atlanta Braves Making the Team Meter (MTM), and we get more cuts from the team, several of them were predicted my last week's MTM. We had cut Johan Flande, Shawn Bowman, and Wilkin Castillo last week, and the Braves cut them this week. They also cut Brent Clevlen, Jose Constanza, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Gearrin, and the biggest surprise Stephen Marek.

This week the MTM will cut a few more from the Braves spring roster in anticipation of them being cut by the team at some point in the next week. But it's not all bad news, I'm going ahead and declaring that Freddie Freeman has made the team. I kept him on the MTM to track his spring, but he's proven that he can handle it. The rotation, bullpen, and bench still have some jobs up for grabs, but the competition is narrowing.

As always we'll assume that there is a group that has already made the team, a pretty safe assumption with these guys:

Starters:  Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, and Tommy Hanson (1 spot available)
Relievers:  Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, George Sherrill, Eric O'Flaherty, and Scott Linebrink (2 spots available)
Lineup:  Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Alex Gonzalez, Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, Nate McLouth, Jason Heyward, and Freddie Freeman.
Reserves:  Eric Hinske and David Ross (3 spots available)

Player, Position This Week's Trend Last Week Notes and Comments
Juan Abreu, RHP
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Still doing good, but probably behind a few people. I would imagine he'll be in the next round of Braves cuts.
Jairo Asencio, RHP
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Also still doing good. I'll keep him below 50-50, but I still like his chances as a dark horse.
Brandon Beachy, RHP
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He keeps on impressing, and he continues to be a great success story, but Minor has the inside track on the fifth starter spot. The team wants Beachy to continue starting and stay ready in the minors.
Craig Kimbrel, RHP
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Good back to back outings. A few more like that and he's a lock (if he's not already).
Cristhian Martinez, RHP
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With Scott Proctor sucking, Martinez likely moves to the top of the list for the last spot in the pen. He still needs to go out there and finish spring strong or Asencio could steal his spot. For now he deserves a green arrow.
Mike Minor, LHP
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I was amazed to see that he's only given up one run this spring. I'm excited to see if he can be the lefty we've been looking for in our rotation.
Scott Proctor, RHP
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And BOOM goes the dynamite. Proctor was already on shaky ground, but now he's probably headed out the door. He's surrendered more earned runs this spring than the entire projected starting rotation for the Braves. It should be an easy choice for the Braves to release him, as it will save them close to a half million dollars in salary, and there are plenty of better options available.
Kenshin Kawakami, RHP
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He's been pitching good for having missed the first few weeks of spring training. Someone's gotta need a starter out there! If nothing else, he's raising his trade value.
Rodrigo Lopez, RHP
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He'll probably stay around for another week, but he's a soon to be cut pitcher. He'll join Beachy as starting pitching depth at triple-A.
Player, Position This Week's Trend Last Week Notes and Comments
Brooks Conrad, IF
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He's starting to hit a little more of late. I still think the hitting he did last year earns him a spot on this year's team.
Diory Hernandez, IF
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He's been playing very well and drawing some praise from various people. With Lucas slumping at the plate lately Diory could be moving closer in the backup infielder battle.
Brandon Hicks
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He hasn't gotten the playing time that the other backup candidates have. He's behind Diory and Lucas, so I feel he'll eventually be cut, therefore I'm cutting him.
Joe Mather, IF/OF
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Gosh I wish he'd do something at the plate. Still, the Braves seem to be in love with him. I'm keeping him low though, maybe that's more wishful thinking on my part.
Jordan Schafer, OF
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The more I see him the more I know he needs time in the minors. Getting him back to his form from three years ago is more important for the Braves long term plans, as Schafer could have a more important role if McLouth leaves at the end of this year.
Matt Young, OF
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With Mather still struggling, Young might get more of a look. He'd be a fan favorite if he made the team.
Ed Lucas, IF
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Lucas has slowed down at the plate, but he's still swinging the bat well. I'm going to keep him with a green arrow. I just love his versatility in the field, and he looks like a solid hitter as well. He could be this year's Brooks Conrad -- a utility guy who put up good minor league numbers but never got a chance before.
Wilkin Ramirez, OF
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I drool at his tools. I would imagine the decision is between him and Mather for the backup outfield spot. The organization clearly likes both players, and it may come down to them wanting Ramirez to play every day in the minors so they can see what they have in him.
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