Major League Baseball is still in search of more information regarding the Braves and the rules that may have been broken over the tenure of former GM John Coppolella. The club is under heavy scrutiny due to reported foul play in the international signing period as well as the domestic draft. As we await the findings, and more importantly the subsequent penalties, every bit of information released brings us closer to understanding the depth of the Braves’ wrongdoing. Bob Nightengale touched on the situation:
Nightengale also reports that Hart is unsigned for next year but that has been know for quite some time and at this point isn’t relevant. The word is that Hart is planning on staying with the club in some capacity next season and has assumed GM duties since Coppolella’s departure.
The Braves have the eighth pick in the 2018 Draft (at least for now), and with it they should have an opportunity to add a highly-regarded prospect to an already loaded farm system. Baseball America released a mock draft on Wednesday, and in it they had the Braves selecting Georgia prep right-hander Kumar Rocker.
Kumar has an absolute cannon for an arm consistently sitting in the mid 90s with his fastball and spotting it up to 98 miles per hour, at again just 17 years of age. He has a three pitch arsenal featuring a fastball with tons of run, a dynamic slider, and a fast developing changeup that Perfect Game states has sinking action. He is also ranked as the top player in the class per Perfect Game.
This news comes as no surprise, as rumors began circulating on Monday that Snitker was likely to be retained. The Braves exercised their 2018 option on Snitker, giving him the opportunity to remain at the helm for his second full season. Retaining Snitker crosses off one major offseason question mark and may give the Braves some semblance of continuity in the midst of their recent turmoil.
The Snakes are moving on to the Division Series after a wild game in the desert against the Rockies that saw neither starter make it through four innings. Oddly enough, a late two-run triple from D-Backs reliever Archie Bradley helped to seal the deal for Arizona in an 11-8 win.
If you like star-studded pitching matchups, tune in for the first game of the ALDS today between the Red Sox and Astros, which will feature two aces in Chris Sale and Justin Verlander. The game will take place at Minute Maid Park, and will hopefully feature a better pitchers duel than either of the Wild Card games could provide.