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I wouldn't be sir prized if he passed McCoy on the depth chart. I think he might have a better arm and accurate arm then him from the highlights I thought. He also got some wheels too help us prepare for QB's as Wilson , RG3 and other runners etc.
remember when the Expos traded Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee for a half year rental of Bartolo Colon in a year when they didn't even make the playoffs?
The situation was totally different. The Expos thought they were going to be contracted following that season and since they were in contention they said Eff it let's do this. I can't really blame them for that deal in that situation.
Would be a good fit for Smoltz to go into coaching, he seems like a perfect transition into pitching coach for the Braves. the guy is amazing as a commentator. I love listening to him talk about pitching.
I think he would make for a brilliant pitching coach and manager one day. I mean, we dont have an opening any time soon, with Mcdowell on board. But I'd love to ease him into such a role, one day. The guy is so knowledgeable and was essentially a player coach during his career. haha.
The Braves have had several guys that really have coaching/managing written all over them. Namely...Smoltzy, Maddux, Glavine, and Chipper. Not only were they some of the best super stars of their era...they were four of the most baseball intelligent players as well.
1. Martin Perez, LHP, Double-A Frisco: Perez started the season as the Texas League's youngest pitcher and got off to a strong start, but struggled with his command all year and finished with a 5-8, 5.96 record in 23 starts and one relief appearance. There's something to be gained, however, when a young prospect encounters adversity before getting to the big leagues, and Perez remains one of the top two or three Minor Leaguef left-handers in baseball.
2. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Triple-A Oklahoma City: After a dominant pro debut through the season's first two months out of the Frisco and Oklahoma City bullpens, Scheppers had a month-long audition as a starter for the RedHawks at mid-season that didn't go particularly well. He returned to the RedHawks' bullpen and continued to strike out a batter per inning with upper-90s velocity and a hammer curve, reinforcing that his initial big league impact will likely come in relief, in 2011.
3. Jurickson Profar, SS, short-season Class A Spokane: The youngest player in the Northwest League - by seven months - wasn't overmatched by the aggressive assignment and will go into 2011 as one of baseball's top shortstop prospects. Just 17 years old, the former Little League World Series star from Curacao hit .250 as the Indians' everyday shortstop, with only 46 strikeouts in 252 at-bats, and 23 extra-base hits (third most on the team), against a league full of pitchers five years older.
4. Engel Beltre, OF, Double-A Frisco: Obtained from Boston along with David Murphy and Kason Gabbard for Eric Gagné in July 2007, Beltre hadn't turned his tantalizing tools into consistent production until this year. After hitting .331 with power for Class A Bakersfield, he was promoted to Frisco at the start of July and held his own all summer, though he faded late in the season, finishing at .254/.301/.337 in 181 RoughRider at-bats. Groomed as a leadoff hitter, Beltre has hit third and fifth most of the year, and he's a lockdown center fielder with a plus arm.
5. Robbie Erlin, LHP, Class A Hickory: Some experts said the only reason Erlin fell to the third round in the 2009 draft was that he stands under six feet tall. The 19-year-old proved in a league full of hitters three and four years older that he was underdrafted. Erlin posted a 2.12 ERA in 2010, the third-best mark of any starting pitcher in all of Minor League baseball. In 114.2 Crawdad innings, the southpaw fanned 125 and issued only 17 walks.
6. Michael Kirkman, LHP, Texas: A standout 13-3, 3.09 season for Oklahoma City vaulted Kirkman into the big league picture, as he was called on in August to reinforce the Texas bullpen. The 23-year-old was leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts at the time of the promotion, featuring a fastball that touched the mid-90s, a slider that PCL managers voted as the league's best, and an effective curve. His dominant numbers against left-handed hitters gave the Rangers confidence that he could succeed in relief, though his big league future could be as a starter. For now, he's a legitimate candidate for the playoff bullpen.
7. Wilmer Font, RHP, Class A Bakersfield: The youngest pitcher in the California League, Font made strides in 2010 before elbow issues cut his season short in July. The big right-hander was hittable for Low A Hickory in the spring but fanned 33 while walking only 13 in 29.2 innings, prompting a promotion to Bakersfield, where he held opponents to a .217 average and struck out 52 in 49 frames, though his poor walk totals had resurfaced before the midseason injury.
8. Robbie Ross, LHP, Double-A Frisco: Ross has made the same two-level split as Font in 2010, with tremendous results. The 5'11" southpaw posted a 12-11, 3.58 record between Hickory and Bakersfield, issuing only 37 walks while fanning 111 in 146 innings, coaxing a remarkable three times as many groundouts as flyouts, and surrendering only four home runs all year. He was rewarded with a promotion to Frisco for the Texas League playoffs.
9. Jake Skole, OF, short-season Class A Spokane: The Rangers' top Draft pick in 2010, Skole was challenged (after a brief run in the Arizona League) with an aggressive assignment to the Northwest League, where he was the circuit's third-youngest hitter. A tremendous athlete who would have played defensive back at Georgia Tech had he not signed, Skole played center field for Spokane and hit a respectable .254/.327/.348 in his first pro action.
10. Luis Sardinas, SS, Rookie-Level Arizona League: The 17-year-old from Venezuela was overshadowed by fellow shortstop Jurickson Profar when the two signed last July, but the slick-fielding Sardinas had an outstanding rookie season. He hit .311/.363/.350, getting a hit or walk in 22 of 26 games, holding down the number two hitter role on a club that went 31-24 and reached the AZL playoffs.