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"


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Braves_Fan
3 years 9 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. 

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 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.

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alxn
3 years 9 months ago

no they dont

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inkstainedscribe
3 years 9 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.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

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

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RedCaps
3 years 9 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.

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3 years 9 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

Guest
3 years 9 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.

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MattCMoore
3 years 9 months ago

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

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 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

Guest
3 years 9 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

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renegadeisback
3 years 9 months ago

LOL @ Tyler Pastornicky being the SS of the future.

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roberty
3 years 9 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.

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3 years 9 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!

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 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.

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Jeff
3 years 9 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

Guest
3 years 9 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.