The Braves have the most drafted talent of any playoff team
MLB Pipeline recently released a chart outlining where each team’s postseason talent is coming from. Unsurprisingly, most of the Braves’ production came from the MLB draft.
This is how the 12 #post-season teams were formed.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 6, 2022
According to WAR, the talent drafted by the Braves produced better than anyone else in the league, which I expected, given Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider will finish 1-2 in the NL Rookie of the Year race. Atlanta also drafted the likes of austin rileyAJ Minter and Kyle Wrightamong others, all of whom have had great seasons.
The amount of production the Braves acquired via trade surprised me a bit. Apart from Matt Olson, Atlanta hasn’t made many blockbuster deals. However, if you think back a bit, All-Stars Dansby Swanson and Max fried were acquired via commerce long before they hit the majors.
Where the Braves need to do a better job is very evident from this chart – free agency. Alex Anthopoulos has been a magician at finding guys under the radar, locking in his young core and finding value through trade. However, he hasn’t been as reliable in free agency. General managers shouldn’t be expected to beat 1,000, but to sign guys like Will Smith and Marcell Ozuna to lucrative contract extensions turned out to be disastrous decisions. With Atlanta’s payroll expected to rise, Anthopoulos needs to be wiser with his money. If he can do that, this Braves team has the potential to become a dynasty.
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