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As the Braves enter the offseason and attempt to take another step toward re-establishing themselves as legitimate postseason contenders, they have an obvious need to make room for top prospect Ronald Acuna and a definite desire to upgrade their bullpen.
Alex Jackson's breakout season is continuing in the Arizona Fall League. After setting a career-high with 19 homers in 96 games this season, Jackson showed some of his power with a two-run homer in the Peoria Javelinas' 6-4 win over the Surprise Saguaros on Wednesday afternoon.
As Brian Snitker progressed through the final month of the season, he was uncertain whether he would be given another chance to be a Major League manager. The odds of him being retained as the Braves' skipper seemed to fluctuate on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Vote Ender Inciarte for Best Defensive Player in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.
Braves prospects Austin Riley, Ronald Acuna, Alex Jackson, Jared James, Cordin Clouse, Max Fried, Josh Graham and Touki Toussaint are currently playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, working to hone their crafts.
A strong outing from Javelinas starting pitcher Max Fried, the Braves' No. 9 prospect, led Peoria to a 6-2 victory over the Salt River Rafters Monday afternoon.
Who do the Braves have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Atlanta's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
When it came time for MLBPipeline.com to recognize the top players from within the Braves' talent-rich farm system, it certainly wasn't surprising to learn Ronald Acuna and Luiz Gohara were named the prospects of the year.
Austin Riley may be a slow starter in the regular season, but in the Arizona Fall League, he seems to have found his rhythm almost immediately. After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first AFL game action, Riley had a huge game offensively and led Peoria to a 10-9 win over Mesa on Thursday afternoon.
The Braves' farm system is full of exciting young arms, and they were on full display as the Arizona Fall League got underway on Tuesday afternoon.
Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned from his position, the team announced on Monday afternoon. The resignation came as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market, the Braves' statement said.
MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.
Though the Braves outwardly expressed the possibility of being a postseason contender in year three of their massive rebuild, their first season of the SunTrust Park era met logical expectations.
Braves president of operations John Hart knew he'd spend the first week of the offseason deciding on manager Brian Snitker's future and evaluating his coaching staff. His to-do list grew much longer on Monday, when John Coppolella was forced to resign as general manager because of a significant infraction committed on the international market.
History was put on hold in Giancarlo Stanton's quest to reach 60 home runs on Sunday. Instead, it was a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia and Kurt Suzuki's two-run home run that helped propel the Braves to an 8-5 victory over the Marlins in the season finale at Marlins Park.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.
While establishing himself as one of the top overall prospects, Ozzie Albies was reluctant to make the mechanical adjustments coaches told him he'd eventually need to make. But since arriving at the Major League level, the Braves' second baseman has reaped the benefits of willingly making what he considers to be a minor change.
With the focus on Giancarlo Stanton's quest for 60 home runs on Saturday night, the supporting cast stole the spotlight in the Marlins' 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.
As Luiz Gohara has spent the past month at the Major League level, he has provided reason to believe the trade that brought him to Atlanta might prove to be the most influential variable to the Braves' attempt to further distance themselves from the painful portion of their rebuild next year.
Though R.A. Dickey's season is complete and he has not decided whether he will extend his career next year, the veteran knuckleballer strolled to right field at Marlins Park on Friday afternoon and took advantage of another opportunity to play catch with his Braves teammates.
The quest for 60 home runs remains on hold for Giancarlo Stanton, but the slugger did provide an RBI single in a four-run seventh Friday night at Marlins Park. The big hit in the inning was Justin Bour's two-out, two-run single off lefty Sam Freeman that rallied the Marlins to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.
Julio Teheran will likely never be considered a legitimate ace or one of baseball's elite pitchers. But over the final six weeks of this inconsistent and oft-frustrating season, the Braves right-hander once again proved he has a resilient spirit that should continue to benefit him throughout the remainder of his Major League career.
After being in a mild home run dry spell, Giancarlo Stanton is now knocking on the door for 60 home runs.
As the Braves graduated the bulk of their young starting pitching to the Majors this season, it would be fair to say Sean Newcomb led that trend. Newcomb ended his rookie season almost the same way he started it, against the Mets, but with different results, as the left-hander took the loss in the Braves' 7-1 defeat at Citi Field on Wednesday.
Although so many of the Mets' disappointments this summer revolved around injuries, a few of their players simply underachieved. One of those, Robert Gsellman, made sure to finish his rookie season in top form Wednesday, delivering six strong innings in a 7-1 win over the Braves at Citi Field.
Andruw Jones takes swing at Golden Spike
With a double into the right-field corner to lead off the Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field, Ender Inciarte became the first Braves player in 21 years to have 200 hits in one season.
Jace Peterson's main focus is on the six remaining games of the 2017 season, but he is already aware of the areas he needs to work on during the offseason. The 27-year-old has recently been seeing more time in left field, and with a crowded middle infield, he knows his future may lie in the outfield.
Brian Snitker is well aware how fortunate he is to have a pair of catchers in Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki that have combined to be one of the most formidable offensive tandems behind the plate in all of baseball this season.
The Mets may be stumbling down the stretch of what is likely to be a fourth-place finish in the NL East, but two of September's bright spots continue to shine. Brandon Nimmo rapped out three hits Monday in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Citi Field, and Travis d'Arnaud drove home a pair in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Braves. Atlanta took the matinee, 9-2.
Braves rookie Lucas Sims may have scuffled a bit during his rotation debut last month, going 2-5 with a 5.73 ERA in his first six career starts. But he isn't scuffling now. Sims followed up a strong return to the rotation by taking a shutout into the seventh inning Monday, leading Atlanta to a 9-2 win over the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citi Field.