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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Atlanta Braves Prospects to Watch

Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 11:02 AM EDT - by Felipe Melecio -

Felipe Melecio was the managing editor for the blog Pathological Hate. When not watching sports, he's listening to music--or listening to music while watching sports. Keep tabs on all his knee-jerk reactions on Twitter:


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Felipe M (@pathological_h8)
Felipe M (@pathological_h8)

Hello again, Bob. From MLB.com, Tommy La Stella "gets the typical labels of being a "real baseball player" and a "gamer," as he's a gritty, hard-nosed type." MLB.com rates him with an adequate arm and speed with underwhelming pop and finished the season ranked #13 in the Braves' system. Even Baseball America is worried about his durability and just seems to be ranked #9 on the Braves system because the system isn't as strong as in years past. If you've read any of my other farm system overviews, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a guy with tremendous plate discipline. But keep in mind, this is done from a perspective of a fantasy baseball owner. Am I going to give up a roster spot for a guy like La Stella? No! In a perfect world, and if I'm the GM of the Braves, would I give La Stella a chance over Uggla without having to worry about the latter's massive contract? Yes! But again, I must reiterate, this is for fantasy baseball purposes. He has intangibles and a good hitting approach, but for my team, I want more than just a "grinder" on my team. His scouting reports should just grab me by the throat and force me to pay attention. Unfortunately, he didn't make the cut because though he's solid, he's also unspectacular. So I didn't overlook La Stella. I just wasn't impressed. Even MLB.com doesn't even bother to rank him in their top 10 second base prospects for 2014: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2014/

Bob
Bob

Felipe, I understand what you're doing and understand the effort it takes to get involved and understand each and every organization in order to write about it with some type of knowledge. However, I just feel like you are not a follower of the Braves or even have half the knowledge of an above average Braves fan. Therefore, I don't understand why you try to write about the organization. The coming soon part is kind of a joke in my personal opinion. If you wanted to key on understanding one or two prospects and reading more about such prospects and writing something then, I'd get it. However, you attempt to cover the entire organization in which you fail. Tommy La Stella is one of many people you looked over in your research. With Uggla fighting to keep his job, writing up an article about Tommy La Stella seems much more approachable. It also creates a dramatic hype behind your story in which might catch up with more followed websites. I sincerely appreciate and respect your drive to write about baseball, but I personally believe a writer who is going to attach the website to places should have done his or her research. I wish nothing but the best in the future, but until you know the Atlanta Braves, please approach your write ups a little more carefully. Thank you Felipe. Your friend, Bob

@pathological_h8
@pathological_h8

Regarding Cody Martin, I share your frustration! Martin is not an impressive prospect (to me at least), but I went ahead and mentioned him because he's projected to be called up in 2014. Per the sources that I used (i.e. Baseball America, MLB.com, etc.), scouts are impressed with his control. I don't know why, because the numbers don't seem to back that statement up. This is what MLB.com said about Martin: "[All four of his pitches] play up with his above-average to plus control." And then he goes on to have a high BB/9. Go figure, right?

Bob
Bob

And your write up on Cody Martin makes no sense. He has high marks for his control and then he walks too many people?

Bob
Bob

You know Gilmartin was traded in the Doumit deal, right?

@pathological_h8
@pathological_h8

Also, Bob, keep in mind WHAT I WROTE ABOUT MARTIN: "the capability to streamline his control to the majors should be questioned." Hope that clears up some of the confusion about Cody Martin, but so is the life of a prospect. They are walking paradoxes.

@pathological_h8
@pathological_h8

Bob, What makes it worse is that even the mighty Baseball America still has Sean Gilmartin in the Braves' system for their newly published 2014 PROSPECT HANDBOOK (which is available for purchase on their website). A book which I used for reference when writing this article. Baseball America still has Gilmartin ranked as a top 10 prospect for the Braves' system in said HANDBOOK.

@pathological_h8
@pathological_h8

First and foremost, thanks for reading. I was going to mention Sean Gilmartin in this section as he was ranked #4 with the Braves organization last season, per Baseball America. I just think it's interesting to see how a highly ranked prospect can go on to have a disastrous season. But I did forget that he was traded in that deal you mentioned, way back in December. I was so focused on his falling stock, I completely forgot about that and for that I apologize for the error. Regardless, I appreciate the feedback.

Chad
Chad

haha ya how do you take an article seriously when the writer obviously has no clue???

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