MLB Daily Dish previews the offseason for Atlanta and what the winter may hold for an organization current in a transitional period. The Braves are looking to move toward contention, though it is made more difficult by the recent developments in the front office, and will likely look to add multiple veteran pieces in the bullpen as a result.
One of those needs is a bullpen. Bowman says the Braves believe they need a veterans “who are capable of serving as either a closer or primary setup man.” After all, their MLB-best farm system is loaded with future starters and most championship-caliber clubs nowadays have a strong bullpen. Bowman mentions experienced arms such as Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Matt Belisle and Addison Reed as possible targets because the Braves “are serious about upgrading the bullpen.”
Keep your shirts on Braves fans, nothing has happened regarding Ender Inciarte, at least not yet. Keith Law wrote on Wednesday that the Braves could be tempted to shop the two-time Gold Glove winner this offseason due to his extremely high value and what he may be able to bring back in a deal. The counter-argument to that idea would be that the Braves are looking to contend, and trading controllable stars like Inciarte would be counterproductive in that regard.
The Braves must be beaming with pride every time they see one of their top prospects make headlines in the Arizona Fall League, which has been a common occurrence this year. As of today, three Braves sit atop the league home run leaderboard, with Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley, Alex Jackson all swatting five thus far. MLB.com takes a closer look at each prospect representing the Braves and how they have fared in the AFL.
Acuna: Currently ranked fifth, Acuna might stand as MLBPipeline's top overall prospect heading into the 2018 season. The 19-year-old outfielder breezed through three Minor League levels this summer and positioned himself to open next season on Atlanta's roster. Despite slumping during the past week, he has hit .319 and compiled a 1.004 OPS through 19 games for Peoria. His five homers tie him with Jackson and Riley for the league lead.
Riley: A lot of credit has to go to Braves scouting director Brian Bridges and his esteemed mentor Roy Clark, who recognized Riley's power potential and passed on the possibility of drafting him as a pitcher. As the 20-year-old prospect has grown into his physically imposing frame, he has quieted concerns about his defense. After recently evaluating Riley, a National League scout said, "I don't have any concerns about his glove."
At the Atlanta Braves' pitching prospect camp, top names like Kyle Wright, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka and more discussed their 2017 seasons and their expectations next year. Zach Dillard and Cory McCartney share their thoughts on the camp.
The MLB Players Choice Awards are a representation of how outstanding players are viewed by their peers, and this year Jose Altuve received top billing. There are several different accolades that were voted upon, and you can find them inside the article.
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com takes a look at ten moves that could make the Hot Stove even hotter this offseason. None of these moves involve the Braves, but one involves keeping Giancarlo Stanton in Miami, which means he gets to play around nine games in SunTrust Park. That could pose an issue considering his performances there in 2017.