I forgot about Varvaro.
I think he is technically on rehab in Gwinnett, so maybe he gets the call until Hudson is needed.
I'm really interested in Gattis in LF.
If he could manage to learn LF while staying up to par on his catching skills, he would be a perfect bench bat. But does anyone ever do that? Play outfield while also filling in for backup catcher on occasion?
With his bat, he could be valuable off the bench in 2013. Maybe like a Josh Hamilton story.
Supposedly he has a great arm and game calling skills, but was still working on quickness blocking pitches and starting his throw to second.
With his size, it seemed like a move to LF or 1B was inevitable though. But it would be nice to have a guy who could possibly replace Ross while also giving days off to LF and Freeman. Like a version of Prado for the "slow guy" positions.
"Play outfield while also filling in for backup catcher on occasion?"
Jake Fox is one guy I can think of. Ryan Doumit is also a guy who has played a lot of catcher and outfield.
JJ was blowing up their AAA when I checked last week to the tune of an 18.0 K/9. He could end up being useful for them out of the bullpen.
I'm still ok with John Frank slammin' homers for us off the bench.
Kyle Kubitza is the player of the week for the Sally League:
South Atlantic LeagueKyle Kubitza, Rome(.440/.517/.920, 6 G, 11-for-25, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 SB, 1 CS)Kubitza hit .321/.407/.475 in the Appalachian League last summer and this spring has picked up right where he left off -- while adding some power. The Texas State product has already collected four longballs and three triples in 15 games this season; he had just one homer and three three-baggers in 44 games with Danville last year. Kubitza opened the week with a three-hit, four-RBI performance against Savannah on Monday that saw him fall a double shy of the cycle. The 21-year-old added four hits -- three of them doubles -- at Asheville on Thursday, and blasted a solo shot on Sunday to give him a share of the Sally League home run lead.
Oh, I'm not complaining about the trade. Francisco has been great off the bench. I wish he were right handed but I can't quibble about that.
I'm glad to hear that Salcedo is continuing to do well. Hopefully some of these young Braves position prospects make some noise this year.
Kubitza, LaStella, Salcedo, Terdoslavich, Simmons, others I'm sure I'm forgetting.
All of a sudden we have a ton of really good infield options coming through the pipe. It's a good time to have a surge of infield talent, as both 3B and SS could be up for grab starting in 2013 or sooner.
How do you guys think they should handle Flande? Keep him a starter and maybe build more rotational depth (and possible trade bait) or do you ultimately see him as a bullpen pitcher for his major league career?
I can see it now, in 2 years we have 3 lefties in rotation Minor, Gilmartin and Flande. (:
It's nice to have the options and trade bait. Especially with the payroll the way it is.
I'll be checking the Reds board all year when Francisco does something good, but I think Hoover will work out well for them and the trade might help both teams.
Hopefully I get to check the Reds board a lot with good games from Juan.
Hard to believe Juan would be tied for the HR lead on their team right now just like he is on ours with Uggla, Freddie and Mac.