Braves Notes: Heyward, Chipper, Coaches, Reyes

The Braves will be facing extra pressure this offseason as the team tries to recover from its September collapse.  Here's the latest from Turner Field….

  • "There is some sentiment within the organization that Atlanta might be better off dealing Jason Heyward," writes ESPN's Buster Olney (Insider subscription required).  Heyward suffered through a difficult sophomore season and as a result, "there are voices within the franchise asking the question of whether he can be counted on" as a long-term building block.  I'd say that there's little chance the club gives up such a promising young talent, though as the Yunel Escobar trade showed, the Braves aren't afraid to deal a quality player if they feel the player isn't a fit.  The Braves would be selling low on Heyward, though they would still recoup a nice return given his reputation and impressive 2010 rookie season.
  • Chipper Jones says the team's September failure hasn't affected his decision to return in 2012, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Fredi Gonzalez confirmed that the entire Braves' coaching staff will return next year, reports MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
  • The Braves don't require a major overhaul, opines Fangraphs' Eno Sarris, though he suggests a few position switches that could improve the team's defense.   
  • ESPN's Jim Bowden (Insider subscription req'd) agrees that the Braves don't need to shake up their roster and suggests that Atlanta could be one of the top suitors for Jose Reyes.  Bowden also notes that the Braves have fewer looming issues than their September collapse partners in Boston: "While age and a barren farm system dim the Red Sox's upside going into 2012, the Braves have a much brighter outlook."


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109 Comments on "Braves Notes: Heyward, Chipper, Coaches, Reyes"


Braves_Fan
3 years 11 months ago

“There is some sentiment within the organization that Atlanta might be better off dealing Jason Heyward,” writes ESPN’s Buster Olney
Fire Frank Wren if this is actually being discussed. 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 11 months ago

Because he’s the 2nd coming of Hank Aaron right?

Give me a break. There’s talk like that EVERY time a prospect fails. He was so bad this year that he was benched in the middle of a pennant race. They have every right to question his future in the organization.

alxn
3 years 11 months ago

no they dont

inkstainedscribe
3 years 11 months ago

He’s 21, for crying out loud, and makes close to the major league minimum. There’s no downside to giving him another chance when the Braves would essentially be giving him away. Even better, give him and his teammates another hitting coach.

3 years 11 months ago

8/9/1989…22, but that’s besides the fact.

RedCaps
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think you can say Heyward has failed. He’s had one season were he’s shown tremendous potential, and one injury riddled sophomore slump in his age 21 season. I don’t think there should be any question whether he deserves another chance. Many good and great players have bad second seasons… there’s a reason there is a name for it. It’s ridiculous how people have already given up on him. He’ll be entering his third season at only 22.

3 years 10 months ago

2011 counts as his 21-year-old season, so you’ll commonly see people call him 21 because his birthday was relatively late in the year.

-C

3 years 11 months ago

If your sophmore slump includes 700+ OPS at an age most ballplayers are in AA, then you most certainly deserve a chance to prove your worth. Frenchie and Yunel were very aggressive individuals who tended not to control their emotions on the field. Frowned upon in the Braves organization, Heyward has shown complete maturity and just needs to adjust his swing which he can do I’m sure.

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

Where would the Braves be now if they had kept Francour and Escobar…

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

this is almost exactly the kind of crap people were saying about justin upton as recently as this offseason. how’d he do this year?

they aren’t normal prospects. the leash should be a mile long

3 years 11 months ago

i dont see the braves being in on Jose Reyes when we already have a leadoff in Bourn and isnt Pastornicky the shortstop of the future and wont he br ready by 2013? i think they should spend the money on other places

renegadeisback
3 years 11 months ago

LOL @ Tyler Pastornicky being the SS of the future.

roberty
3 years 11 months ago

Pastornicky hit .314/.359/.414 between AA and AAA this year, which is pretty impressive considering he is only 21 and the average age in the Southern League is over 24 years old.

3 years 11 months ago

3,2,1… ring
Wren: Yellophone, yello.
AA: It’s Alex, how ya doin’, buddy?
Wren: Yesterday was pretty tough.
AA: Yeah, I saw that. Hey, I have something shiny here.
Wren: Wow!
AA: Just give me that disappointing guy. What’s his name-Howard or someing?
Wren: Heyward.
AA: Right. That guy.
Wren: Done!

NYBravosFan10
3 years 11 months ago

I somehow doubt that we will trade Heyward. The kid is an absolute stud that just needs to work on when to be aggressive and when to be patient. A healthy shoulder may help as well. I also don’t see us signing Jose Reyes because Tyler Pastornicky is on his way and he’s pretty darn good. A year of Triple-A and then he should be up for 2013.

Jeff
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t mind hearing the rumors, it might motivate Heyward, but if this happens.  Screw firing Wren, get me some tar and feathers.

You don’t give up on a 21yr old who’s already been an All-Star

3 years 11 months ago

Having a minor league journeyman bumping him to the bench and taking his starting job for about a month didn’t really seem to motivate him to play much better down the stretch so do you think trade rumors will? Only Heyward can motivate himself, not Jose Constanza, trade talk, or anything else except maybe divine intervention.

ultimate913
3 years 11 months ago

Quick, Red Sox! Throw your crap at Wren and see if it sticks!

shockey12
3 years 11 months ago

1. Escobar SS
2. Morrison 1B
3. Bautista DH
4. Heyward RF
5. Lawrie 3B
6. Rasmus CF
7. Arencibia C
8. Snider/Thames LF
9. ??? 2B

Make it happen AA

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 11 months ago

Meh, better to move Bautista to LF. Not too many people fear the arm of Thames, and Snider’s arm–while decent–isn’t in the same league as Bautista’s. Better to have Snider DH or to trade him at this point.

shockey12
3 years 11 months ago

Bautista’s arm might be better but he has below average range. With snider taking a big step forward with his defense this year(the only thing he really improved on) and Jose getting older I would rather have Snider in left.

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

Why do you think that your GM can just trade for whatever player he wants? The Heyward trade talk is total BS. The braves fanbase would never forgive them for trading him.

Bo
3 years 11 months ago

Don’t trade Heyward, fire Larry Parrish instead. For that matter, fire Fredi Gonzalez for opting to bring back Parrish (along with the numerous other transgressions).

patburn
3 years 11 months ago

well uh yeah you gotta tip your cap to them

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Larry Parrish will disappear when Chipper decides to retire as I see Chipper coming back as the Hitting Coach and possible, eventual Manager.

rainyperez
3 years 11 months ago

Overhyped and the pressure got to Heyward. He already has shoulder issues as a 21 year old and for some nagging reason I’m not sure if his knees will hold up either. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Overhyped?

.277/.393/.456 with 91 walks vs 128 ko along with 18 hrs and some speed……as a 20 year old? Even in a bad season he still managed to draw 51 walks and came close to his rookie season hr total in 130 fewer AB. The guy is only 21. 

All aboard the crazy train. Ticket please? 

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 11 months ago

All I ever saw him do is weakly ground out or strikeout. His numbers were horrible. He had a bad season. Of course he’s only 21, but he may benefit by going to the minors and adjusting his swing.

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

go look at his minor league numbers

go look at his major league numbers last year

now go back to being grateful you have that talent on your team

Lunchbox45
3 years 11 months ago

 Buster Olney’s source is Alex Anthopolous

3 years 11 months ago

We need runs. I don’t care how we get them.

Sniderlover
3 years 11 months ago

It would be extremely foolish to even consider trading Heyward let alone actually trading him IMO.

3 years 11 months ago

Why am I not surprised that Gonzalez doesn’t have the guts to fire any of his coaches. It’s pathetic being a Braves fan watching this collapse and knowing that NOTHING will change in the organization. It’s like they don’t even give a damn.

austinhb
3 years 11 months ago

IMO it takes more guts to come out and say your are sticking to your staff or scapegoating them in your first year. This shows loyalty in them and trust in their ability to adjust. Only problem is Wren is the one with the final say

austinhb
3 years 11 months ago

IMO it takes more guts to come out and say your are sticking to your staff or scapegoating them in your first year. This shows loyalty in them and trust in their ability to adjust. Only problem is Wren is the one with the final say

Jonathunder
3 years 11 months ago

Trading Heyward would be one of the dumbest decisions in a long time

shockey12
3 years 11 months ago

Probably no worse than Rasmus for Corey Patterson or vernons contract for something somewhat useful.

stl_cards16
3 years 11 months ago

Oh come on.  While I am not a fan of the Rasmus trade, it obviously wasn’t for Patterson.  Your post is foolish.  Edwin Jackson has been arguably the Cardinals best pitcher for the last 7 weeks and Scrabble and Dotel have been very good out of the pen.  The only reason Patterson was thrown in the deal was to have someone who could play center field on the bench.

There is also more to this deal that we don’t know yet.

renegadeisback
3 years 11 months ago

Yes, I’m sure those 3 PTBNL’s will be highly meaningful.

stl_cards16
3 years 11 months ago

Who knows, probly not.  But I was more referring to the draft picks they will pick up for Jackson leaving.  Colby Rasmus was the 28th(pretty sure) pick in the draft.  The Cardinals will get two picks not too far off from that same position back. 

nictonjr
3 years 11 months ago

Jackson is a type B FA.  The Cards will get 1 pick, probably mid 40s, for him.  Dotel is a type A.  Unfortunately, I doubt a team would give up a 1st for him. Or he’d turn down arbitration.  

thegrayrace
3 years 11 months ago

While the trade might look bad in coming years, the Cardinals don’t make it to the postseason this year without it. Not like Rasmus has done anything useful in Toronto the last 2+ months, but Jackson and the other pieces have easily been worth a few wins.

If you guys make it to the World Series, that probably makes it a worthwhile trade for the Cardinals despite Rasmus’ future production.

roberty
3 years 11 months ago

It depends what you got in return.  I’d trade him for Jurickson Profar.

3 years 11 months ago

“Long time” = signing Lowe for 4 years, signing Kawakami without having thrown a pitch on North American soil, benching Jose Constanza in favor of an unconfident Jason Heyward, or pitching to Hunter Pence with a runner on 1st & 3rd with 2 outs knowing Pence is lifetime 2-for-3 vs. your pitcher (Linebrink) when you have a sub-.200 hitter hitting behind him (Michael Martinez)? Please take your pick.

3 years 11 months ago

 How about I pick your decision to make a sad and pathetic attempt at comedy?

3 years 11 months ago

Or maybe your failed attempt to find the facts or seem them as comedy. They’re just facts, friend.

3 years 11 months ago

 How about I pick your decision to make a sad and pathetic attempt at comedy?

3 years 11 months ago

“Long time” = signing Lowe for 4 years, signing Kawakami without having thrown a pitch on North American soil, benching Jose Constanza in favor of an unconfident Jason Heyward, or pitching to Hunter Pence with a runner on 1st & 3rd with 2 outs knowing Pence is lifetime 2-for-3 vs. your pitcher (Linebrink) when you have a sub-.200 hitter hitting behind him (Michael Martinez)? Please take your pick.

nicksc10
3 years 11 months ago

I would trade Heyward in a heartbeat. All he does is hit groundballs to 2nd base or strikeout and play below average defense with a horrible arm.

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 11 months ago

While I agree with the weak groundouts, we should’t trade him. And his defense isn’t that bad. Besides him ALWAYS losing the ball in the lights.

3 years 11 months ago

Did you actually just say he has a horrible arm?  Have you ever even watched him play?

3 years 10 months ago

It’s a cannon, but his accuracy has been lacking. I love his range, which is the most important defensive consideration, but players are not afraid to take extra bases on Jason.

Both UZR and DRS have agreed that his arm hasn’t been great…only Seth Smith and Carlos Quentin have been worse with their arms in right, going by DRS, while UZR arm components puts those two as well as J.D. Drew, Corey Hart, and Justin Upton as being worse.

What is consistent is Heyward being below average with his arm.

-C

cheez13
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t think they’ll deal Heyward but, how can any of you say fire Wren if he even considers it?…wouldn’t you have to see the return before making that determination.

The Braves biggest problems are the 30 million bucks they have to pay Chipper and Lowe next year. They don’t have any big holes to fill. They need a SS and still really need a power hitting corner OF but then that pushes Prado or Heyward out.

I could see Prado being moved with a pitcher if they could get a LF that swings it…problem is, there isn’t much out there that would be available in a trade.  He is due a raise in arbitration and hard to pay him that much he turns back into a utility player. Willingham or Swisher (if option declined) could be signed as FA, but don’t love either one.

Dump Lowe even if you eat most of his salary. If you save 3 million, thats better than paying him 15 mil and watch him lose 16-17 games again. Minor, Delgado, Medlen, Teaheran will outperform him for league minimum.

Medlen is the forgotten man in all this. He is a quality pitcher that nobody really talks about and I am sure he will be in the rotation next year. JJ could be traded also, he is due a raise in arbitration and could also be replaced by one of the above.

3 years 11 months ago

We’ll give you Aybar and Wells for Prado and Lowe.

thegrayrace
3 years 11 months ago

Probably not a bad basis for a trade if cash was kicked in to even out the salaries a bit…

3 years 11 months ago

I think we need to hold on to Prado. He will be our insurance when Chipper finds himself on the DL. He may not be the power bat we could use, but if Uggla can have a slightly better season next year he can be that power bat.

Bo
3 years 11 months ago

Prado is our answer at third when Chipper retires, plus we’d be selling low by trading him now.

3 years 11 months ago

Why don’t we hear anything about moving Prado back to 2B where he showed range and move Uggla to LF? It’d take an even bigger man to admit his fallacies, as Uggla has defensively at 2B. He’s just not agile enough. I’m not sure about his arm, but it can’t be much worse than Prado’s.

3 years 11 months ago

Unless Heyward starts to show something even close to all the superstar predictions he was given before he even played his first game, they gotta do something. He was pathetic this year. Even in his rookie year, minus this debut game, I haven’t seen one thing consistantly from him that gets me excited. The guy grounds out to second more times than any player I’ve seen, is constantly hurt, and has shown zero power. You look at the guy and he looks like he should be bashing the ball. What the hell is wrong?
Reyes would be an interesting addition. Not sure yet what I think. Whoever they go after, they need someone who can get on base and drive in runs. Their embarrassing collapse was due to their pathetic Sept offense. I love Chippet, but he’s starting to become a bit of a Brett Favre. Ties the teams hands by taking up the 3b spot. Not that he hasn’t deserved it and isn’t still producing decent numbers, but it hampers their ability to build.

Sniderlover
3 years 11 months ago

I love it when people over exaggerate. Heyward put up a .277/.393/.456/.849 line, 18 HR in his rookie season. 5.1 WAR and came second in his rookie voting as a 21 year old. What a bust, right?

Yeah he’s had a rough season but he’s also been injured and it probably explains why he is popping up at a ridiculous rate and hitting less line drives than last year. Even in a absolutely terrible year, he still managed to put up a 2.2 WAR.

3 years 11 months ago

Please, for the build up that he got there’s nothing extremely special about that rookie stat line. And coming in second in the ROY means jack. Whoopee, you wanna go thru the list of some past winners. Now if you build off of that season and improve the numbers, that would be a different story, instead he couldn’t even be trusted as an everyday starter the second half of the season. That on a team that was 11th in the NL in offense in the second half.
And you can save your cyber-metric crap. I go by what I see with my eyes watching practically every game in person or on tv. Grounder to second, grounder to second, can a corn to short, seeing eye single. That’s what I consistently saw from him this year. 
And what I said was if you don’t see some improvements next year, they gotta do something. What part of that is over exaggerating?

3 years 11 months ago

Hey everyone! Look at matt, the professional scout! He doesn’t need statistics to make up his mind, he just uses his imagination instead!

A 21 year old posting a nearly 400 OBP in his rookie season does not seem “extremely special” to you? What warrants that label? was he supposed to be Pujols or Foxx? Come out of the gate and hit .330 with 35 HR? God forbid the young man actually experiences some growing pains. I mean, how many baseball players who are good were not very good MLers by the time they were 22?! Get this bum out of here!!!

3 years 11 months ago

You know a lot about baseball.

3 years 10 months ago

If you would quit being such a “fan”atic and put down Moneyball for a minute, you would read what I said. When you follow up a good rookie year with the pathetic season he had this year and then follow it up with another one like that, they can’t afford to do anything but explore other options. Especially with the offense they have right now. They can’t afford to take up an outfield spot and only get what he gave this year and next in return. Sad but true pal. It doesn’t take a scout to realize that. So take off your rose colored glasses and hope it doesn’t come to that.

3 years 11 months ago

Hey everyone! Look at matt, the professional scout! He doesn’t need statistics to make up his mind, he just uses his imagination instead!

A 21 year old posting a nearly 400 OBP in his rookie season does not seem “extremely special” to you? What warrants that label? was he supposed to be Pujols or Foxx? Come out of the gate and hit .330 with 35 HR? God forbid the young man actually experiences some growing pains. I mean, how many baseball players who are good were not very good MLers by the time they were 22?! Get this bum out of here!!!

3 years 11 months ago

I am glad you found the internet in your tried n’ true ways. I think the point has been made that with stats as good as Heyward had in ’10 when he was healthy some of the time (until the wrist injury), you can’t dismiss that by drastically lower stats in 2011. We gave Francoeur, what, 4 seasons? 

We were better with Heyward in 2010 (5.1 WAR) than with Franceour. All this labeling of him being the next Hank Aaron is beside the point. It’s not like the kid was calling himself that, that was all on the media. It’d take too much time and energy to deflect labels than to just accept them and go about your business. Fact is, he’s got to be the next Lonnie Smith before he can be the next Henry Aaron. I’m fine with somewhere in the middle.

alxn
3 years 11 months ago

The team tied their own hands by giving him a bad contract. 

3 years 11 months ago

fasd

Brv Rocks
3 years 11 months ago

If the Braves trade Jason for scraps and keep Larry Parrish then they are idiots.  The entire team regressed under Parrish yet there is discussion that the problem is with Jason.  Give me a break!!!  Jason is 22 years old.  He will be fine IF given proper instruction. 

I guess if Freddie, Craig and Brandon struggle next year then there will be talk of trading them too.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 11 months ago

Some fans are too stubborn to understand the term “sophomore slump”. They just immediately start calling for ridiculous trade scenarios without any consideration of what it could do to us as an organization. Because didn’t you know real life is the exact same thing as MLB ’11 The Show?

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 11 months ago

Jason Heyward for the Chicago Cubs!

Brv Rocks
3 years 11 months ago

Even in a struggling year Jason was an average outfielder (wRC+ of 98).  I guess being the 10th best outfielder in baseball as a 20 year old rookie isn’t very exciting…..or having one of the top OBPs as a rookie that young in history.

3 years 11 months ago

What does last year what to do with anything. Sure, very nice rookie season. For the hype, I’d would have expected closer to Braun or Pujols numbers instead of closer to Todd Hollandsworth. Improve on the numbers, not cut them in half.

inkstainedscribe
3 years 11 months ago

If there’s “sentiment within the organization” that Heyward should be dealt, then the organization should be taken out and shot.

patburn
3 years 11 months ago

I would trade Michael Bourne for a bat and go after Reyes for short. 

alxn
3 years 11 months ago

Why would we trade one of our hitters for another hitter? Perhaps we should trade Hanson for a SP and Kimbrel for a closer as well. 

AtlantaBraves2210
3 years 11 months ago

Wow… Really? Are you being serious? He was only Atlanta’s most consistent player since August 1, He is only one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, he is only one of the best baserunners in the league. Yeah good call and over pay for a injury prone SS who quits. In your dreamland though, who plays CF next year? Jordan Schafer? Since most Braves fans still think he is in AA

AtlantaBraves2210
3 years 11 months ago

Wow… Really? Are you being serious? He was only Atlanta’s most consistent player since August 1, He is only one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, he is only one of the best baserunners in the league. Yeah good call and over pay for a injury prone SS who quits. In your dreamland though, who plays CF next year? Jordan Schafer? Since most Braves fans still think he is in AA