Less than 10 days from now, the Braves will have pitchers and catchers report to spring training and officially kick off their 2010 campaign.
Final Spring Training invites have been sent out, and there are many prospects of note that will be heading to Florida trying to make a splash in March.
Overall, the Braves invited 18 non-roster players to Spring Training, seven of them (J.C. Boscan, Orlando Mercado, Mariano Gomez, Scott Proctor, Joe Thurston, Brent Clevlen, and Mitch Jones) whom have already discussed in previous editions of Analyzing the Non-Roster Invitees.
While I will discuss the prospects in an upcoming article, I first would like to take a look at the four remaining non-prospects who will be heading south with the Braves.
Young is an interesting player. Despite being undrafted an relatively unknown, he has actually played well in the minor leagues.
A great 2009 was likely what led to his Spring Training invitation, as the 28 year-old outfielder hit .284 and stole 43 bases while playing mostly at AA Mississippi.
The thing that stands out to me most about Young is his plate discipline. Through 615 minor league games, Young has struck out only 309 times. Over that span, he has walked 356 times.
Even with a great spring, Young likely will still be a ways down the depth chart, but I honestly think that he could end up helping the Braves should be given the chance due to injury.
Resop’s last inning in American baseball came in 2008 with the Braves. In 2008, he struggled at the Major League level, posting a 5.89 ERA in 16 games with Atlanta.
What he is most remembered for is the game when he spent time in left field to save the Braves from running out of pitchers (and then gave up the winning run later in the game).
Then the Braves sold his contract to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan.
In 2008, Resop also managed to pitch poorly in Japan, giving up 16 runs in just 21 innings.
However, Resop himself has said that he feels good and apparently is impressed with his arm strength.
At this point, Resop would need to be amazing in Spring to net a spot in the bullpen. Who knows, maybe Resop can finally live up to the potential that once had him drafted in the fourth round, but I doubt it.
Sucre is just another catcher going to Spring Training.
Although he did hit an impressive .290 in 2009, Sucre is old (23) for playing in A ball and struggled when playing in A+.
With a career minor league average of .256, Sucre likely will head back into the organization and not be heard of again until next year when he again will head to Florida to lend a hand behind the plate.
I had trouble deciding whether or not I should list Schlehuber with the prospects. While he was drafted relatively high (fourth round) relatively recently (2008) he hasn’t played well in the minors and is only heading to Spring Training because he is a catcher.
In his 142 career minor league games, Schlehuber has hit only .217, and has little power or speed.
In 2009 Braeden played in A ball, and was unimpressive despite being older than most players.
Because he was drafted highly, there may still be time for Schlehuber to improve, but until then he will simply be an organizational catcher.