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Cubs boss Theo Epstein mulls whether to be aggressive at trade deadline

...aligned with a shift in the game from hitting to pitching, Epstein has taken the long view and loaded up on young position players.Epstein can't know whether this is the year, but he might be willing to roll the dice at the halfway point to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-15/cubs-boss-theo-epstein-m
Mike Trout leads AL to victory in All-Star Game

...Derek Jeter dropped the curtain on the turn-of-century greats, the 23-year-old Trout was among six starting position players under 25 ? the most since 1965. He was the MVP of last year's game in Minneapolis, when he hit a tiebreaking...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-15/mike-trout-leads-al-vict
Baseball's scouting scale tells sport's stories in unique way

...leaguer's ability, baseball's five basic tools for a position player: hit, power, run, glove, arm.The scale's...Moore said.Scouts average the five tools for position players and get his Overall Future Potential, which runs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-03/baseballs-scouting-scale
John Smoltz defied odds by making Hall of Fame after Tommy John surgery

...John surgery on their resumes, and Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, a former Georgia Tech star, is proof that other position players are vulnerable, too.The ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction is a surgical graft procedure in which the damaged...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-02/john-smoltz-defied-odds-
Braves' Manny Banuelos impresses in major league debut

...in Cincinnati, but the rosters will be unveiled in a two-day fashion starting today.The All-Star starting position players will be announced today at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The reserves, pitchers and final vote candidates for each league...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-04/braves-manny-banuelos-im
Braves stick to points of emphasis in draft that lacked impact

...director Brian Bridges said before the draft that stocking pitchers would be the biggest plan. After Georgia prep position players Cornelius Randolph and Tyler Stephenson went just before Atlanta in the first round, the plan was put into motion...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-06-13/braves-stick-points-emph
Braves' bullpen woes reach league-worst status

...have been linked to Georgia high schoolers Tyler Stephenson, Cornelius Randolph and Daz Cameron, all high-upside position players, and Alonzo Jones and Jalen Miller as later picks.There also remains the possibility of picking left-hander...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-06-06/braves-bullpen-woes-reac
Braves want versatility by working Peraza in center at Gwinnett

...versatility more than ever in the midst of their retooling phase, and the effects are felt even in the minor leagues.Top position player prospect Jose Peraza is starting to receive playing time in center field for Triple-A Gwinnett to add defensive...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-05-30/braves-want-versatility-
Braves: Notes on prospects Peraza, Banuelos

...If he's capable of handling his own in center, it allows the Braves to let the chips fall as they may when/if position player prospects are deemed ready to handle everyday roles. Mallex Smith is tearing up Double-A at the moment. It's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/david-lee/2015-06-01/braves-notes
GreenJackets: Castellani starts on Auggie gnome night

...three-game hitless skid Thursday by going 1 for 3 with a double. - Augusta OF Steven Neff picked up his second hit as a position player Thursday on a single. He's 2 for 17 with three walks and eight strikeouts in 20 plate appearances. - Augusta 3B...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/david-lee/2015-05-22/greenjackets