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Braves News: Bridges, Clark fired as Atlanta shakes up scouting department

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The Braves made a big move on Wednesday, but not the type that the fan base has been yearning for, by firing the top two members of their amateur scouting department.

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Braves fire scouting director Brian Bridges and scouting advisor Roy Clark

This was a surprising move in an otherwise quiet stretch this offseason, as the Braves have dismissed the top two members of their amateur scouting department. This comes just five months shy of the 2019 MLB Draft, which means the next scouting director will have to be very efficient in becoming familiar with the prospects available. There will almost certainly be further details provided in the aftermath of these surprising dismissals, but for now the Braves are without a scouting director.

Las Vegas releases early projection for 2019 Atlanta Braves

The Braves are a tough team to project at the moment, given their obvious hole in right field, the possibility that the club may still add to its pitching staff, plus personnel moves for opposing teams, but Las Vegas released their projections for the 2019 season on Wednesday. The Braves were given a modest projection for only 84 wins, good for second in the division, just ahead of the Mets and Phillies.

Washington comes in as the “projected” NL East winner at this (very) early juncture, with a Vegas win total of 88.5 after an 82-80 mark a year ago. From there, the Mets (83.5) and Phillies (83) are in the same range as the Braves, foreshadowing a potentially interesting race for the division crown.

Braves still have decisions to make on seven arbitration-eligible players

The Braves will be busy this year in arbitration, with seven players eligible this offseason. Last year the club went through a tedious process with Mike Foltynewicz, with the difference between the two submitted figures at right around $100,000. These proceedings can be difficult, especially in cases with injured players such as Arodys Vizcaino. Stay tuned as figures will be exchanged on Friday.

Statcast trends that could affect Braves’ 2019

Braves beat writer Mark Bowman dives into Statcast trends from a season ago that could foretell developments in 2019. The three players focused upon by Bowman are Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte, and Mike Foltynewicz, with separate areas of concern for each.

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