A gaggle of links for your viewing pleasure tonight, including the MLB.com Top 50 Prospects and various Braves-related material.â†µ
MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects. Julio Teheran ranks 10th, Freddie Freeman is 17th and Mike Minor is 21st. Teheran is pretty low by barely making the top 10. I would venture to say he might crack the top five on Baseball America's list, but definitely better than 10th. Freeman ranks fairly when compared to Eric Hosmer (8th) and Brandon Belt (26th). Minor's placement is very fair. The exclusion of Randall Delgado is expected, but if everything goes as planned, those who leave him out will regret it soon. The exclusion of Craig Kimbrel is also expected. It's tough to rank relievers, and the last five to 10 spots are always a toss up.â†µ
Mike Axisa of MLBTR spotlights Nate McLouth. He is certainly in the spotlight as he tries to hold on to his starting job in center.â†µ
Talking Chop Pyramid of Greatness. Some pretty awesome stuff based on Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness on Parks and Rec.â†µ
Lucas Apostoleris at Beyond the Box Score focuses on Tommy Hanson and his decline in strikeouts as the season wore on. It features some great analysis on Hanson's stuff. It appears the main reason his strikeouts declined was a decline in fastball velocity. It is to be expected at a young age. Arm strength, durability and maturation will occur with age and more innings.â†µ
Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times ranks the 10 worst postseason endings in history. No. 2: the Braves' walk-off win over the Mets in 1999. Andruw Jones knew how to take a walk once, and thankfully it came then.