Braves add five pitchers to 40-man roster

The Braves 40-man roster additions are LHPs Lee Hyde, Jose Ortegano and Jonny Venters and RHPs Jeff Lyman and Kyle Coffield.

Here are the short blurbs I wrote about these guys for a story that I just filed:

Hyde, who was selected out of Georgia Tech in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has made just 58 appearances during his injury-plagued professional career.   The 24-year-old left-handed reliever has posted a 3.00 ERA and battled some control problems while recording 13 strikeouts and issuing seven walks in 12 innings during this year’s Arizona Fall League.  

Ortegano gained attention when he posted a 1.48 ERA and recorded 55 strikeouts in the 60 1/3 innings he completed for Rookie Level Danville in 2007.   The 22-year-old left-hander seemed to regain some of  that promising form while posting a 1.16 WHIP and 3.22 ERA in the 29 combined appearances (20 starts) he made with Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi this year.  
Venters combined to 8-11 with a 4.42 ERA in the 29 combined starts he made for Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this year.  The 24-year-old southpaw has battled control problems throughout his professional career.  During his 156 2/3 innings this year, he recorded 98 strikeouts and issued 77 walks.

Lyman, who was selected in the second round of the 2005 Draft, combined to go 5-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 38 combined appearances (10 starts) with Gwinnett and Mississippi this year.  The 22-year-old right-hander recorded 76 strikeouts and issued 43 walks in the 86 2/3 innings he completed with Mississippi.
Cofield, who was selected in the eighth round of the 2005 Draft, battled control problems and still managed to go 10-5 with a 3.90 ERA in the 26 appearances (24 starts) he made for Mississippi this year.  In the 140 2/3 innings that he completed, the 22-year-old right-hander issued 89 walks and registered 87 strikeouts.   


So basically, they all have control problems? Are any of them contenders to make an impact on the bullpen this year? We really need an upgrade from last year… we need a solid innings eater, and we need more than three reliable guys so that we don’t kill our back end. Gonzo-Soriano-Moylan won’t be there, and they were all we had last year.

Well, and O’Flaherty(Spelling…) but he was mostly a specialist and he didn’t come into the picture with huge reliability until later on.

Basically, we need 5 guys in a bullpen that won’t have the top two coming back….

How is Carlyle doing?

Carlyle has signed elsewhere already. So he’s gone. I can’t recall if it was a minor league deal with another team or if he went overseas again. I agree we definetly need some more solid guys in the bullpen this year. I know we all recall all the uneven work from guys like Jeff Bennet last year. I still don’t know what to think about Manny Acosta. He has a blazing fastball, but there are times he looks almost as wild as Mike Gonzalez looks.(But Mike does seem to have better pinpoint control.) Boone Logan didn’t really disappoint me this year. Im surprised we didnt use him a bit more this year. Who else do we have left in the bullpen? At this point by my count, its Kawakami, Moylan, Medlin…and those are all I’m sure of. Campillo, Carlyle, Bennett are all gone. I don’t know who else we have. I do know for one thing is that I do not expect to see Smoltz back in a Braves uniform in closing duties for us in 2010. Ive read a few fans who think he’d be a perfect fit…and I admit, Ive entertained a few fantasies where he’s saving 45 games for us, but that was just a daydream. I don’t expect it to happen.

Whoops, forgot bout Eric O’flaherty. He definetly had flashes of brillance in the way he was able to get out of situations. I see him in a couple of years possibly becoming our setup man. Possibly the set up guy if Moylan gets the closer job. I don’t like Moylan being the closer though. He saw A LOT of action last year and I know clubs have been studying him so I don’t think he will be nearly as effective in a closer role.

It’s pretty surprising the lack of position play depth on the farm. Even though our pitching is pretty strong but I guess its always been like that.

We need to sign three pen arms. A closer, a set-up man capable of closing, and another solid reliever. This would give us five pen arms that could be used regularly. We depended too much last season (especially with so many close games) on the same three, and usually in tight situations.

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