Atlanta has reportedly narrowed down a list of potential GM candidates to replace John Coppolella. The list begins with Dayton Moore and Dan Jennings, both of whom have experience at the helm of an organization, and follows with Nationals assistant GM Doug Harris. The Braves are also looking into internal candidate Billy Ryan, who currently serves as director of baseball operations.
With the AFL beginning play this week, our own Matt Powers gives an in-depth look into how teams are constructed, which Braves prospects are in attendance, and what to expect from them during their time in Arizona. As always, Matt does a great job and if you need to brush up on some Fall League knowledge, this is a great place to do so.
Looking back on the 2017 season, you will find a number of rookie starting pitchers who debuted with the big club. Among them is hard-throwing lefty Sean Newcomb, who reached Atlanta in June and showed flashes of the immense potential he possesses. Newcomb will be a big part of the Braves future, assuming he is not involved in any offseason trades, and should return to the big leagues to begin the 2018 season barring injury. Our own Kris Willis highlights the year that Newcomb enjoyed between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta this season.
The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS on Monday, capping off a three-game sweep of division rival Arizona. Yu Darvish was too much for the Diamondback offense, besting former Dodger Zack Greinke to clinch a return to the Championship Series for Los Angeles.
Things got weird in Boston, as the Astros came from behind to cap off a four-game series victory over the Red Sox. Houston trailed 3-2 entering the eighth inning, but scratched two runs against All-Stars Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel to take the lead. After an insurance run in the ninth gave the Astros a 5-3 lead, Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers led off bottom half with an inside-the-park homer to cut the lead to one. Houston would not allow another base runner however, slamming the door on both the game and the series.