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Atlanta Braves news and links: Jeff Francoeur reunion, prospects and more

Plenty of Braves news from Monday

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Sean Newcomb ranked No. 81 on Keith Law’s Top 100 prospect list’s Keith Law began his countdown of the Top 100 prospects in Major League Baseball on Monday and Atlanta lefty Sean Newcomb came in at No. 81. Law labels Newcomb an “enigma” with so much potential but he just hasn’t been able to harness it with any regularity resulting in a 51 spot drop in this year’s rankings.

Newcomb is truly an enigma among prospects. He’s a lefty who can show three above-average or better pitches, has minimal effort in his delivery, but doesn’t have the control -- let alone the command -- to start, leaving him with no obvious way to get where he needs to go.

Albies and Demeritte named to MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 second base prospects

The Atlanta Braves have two representatives among MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 second base prospects. Ozzie Albies ranked second behind Chicago’s Yoan Moncada.

Albies could very easily sit near the top of a shortstop list, but he moved over to second so he could play alongside Dansby Swanson. Braves fans should get used to that dynamic duo as Albies should arrive in Atlanta in the very near future, at age 20.

Travis Demeritte was close behind coming in at No. 5 in the rankings.

Demeritte hit 25 homers in High Desert, an extreme hitter's park, before getting dealt from the Rangers to the Braves. He needs to cut down his strikeouts some -- though he does draw walks -- something he improved in the Arizona Fall League. He looked strong at second in the AFL as well, but with Albies there, he might be looking at a move to third.

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 48: Kurt Suzuki, the Mallex Smith trade and more with Gaurav Vedak

Brad and Carlos are joined by Gaurav Vedak, one of Talking Chop's own prospect savants. Topics include the Kurt Suzuki signing, Atlanta players in the World Baseball Classic and the Mallex Smith trade. Lastly we pester Gaurav about the Braves farm system and make him tell us who "his guy" is.

2017 Braves Positional Preview Series: The Outfield

Grant McAuley makes his Talking Chop debut with an in-depth look at the Braves outfield situation heading into the 2017 season.

Braves, Cobb spar over transportation projects at SunTrust Park

The Braves and Cobb County are in disagreement over $14 million in various traffic projects in and around SunTrust Park. The team has already paid for the improvements but insists that the county is obligated to reimburse them for the payments.

Derek Schiller, the Braves’ president of business, said last week that the $69.5 million in projects on the county’s list shouldn’t count toward the $14 million public commitment because they were “already established and in-process before the Braves even completed their deal with Cobb County.”

“As it relates to the $14 million … it’s important to note all of that was part of the original agreement we had with Cobb County, so it was all contemplated in the original formation of the deal, and it’s something Cobb County and the Braves have been working closely on since Day 1,” Schiller said. “So there is no disagreement on any of these issues.”

Braves, Marlins interested in reunion with Jeff Francoeur

MLB News

Looters left Ventura to die, according to unconfirmed reports

Sad and disturbing reports surround the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. The investigation is on going but unconfirmed reports suggest that Ventura initially survived his jeep crash but was left to die by a group of looters.

Dodgers acquire Logan Forsythe from Rays for Jose De Leon

The Dodgers finally found settled on a second baseman acquiring Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay in exchange for prospect Jose De Leon.

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