If they can keep the prospects.
Let's face it, Chipper Jones will be retiring in the coming years.
Troy Glaus is a one year filler.
Derek Lowe is aging
As is Tim Hudson.
The Braves have a solid group of young players on the Major League team to go with several big prospects.
On the team now, they have the following solid young players
C- Brian McCann
2B- Martin Prado
SS- Yunel Escobar
CF- Nate McLouth
utility- Omar Infante
SP- Jair Jurrjens
SP- Tommy Hanson
If the Braves can keep these players in the organization, the Braves starting 8 will look something like this in 5 years.
C- Brian McCann- already one of the best catchers in the majors and is only 26
1B- Freddie Freeman- Rated as a top 60 prospect, he has tore up the minors showing decent average and good power.
2B- Martin Prado- He is still young and is hitting for a high average.
3B- Omar Infante- This guy seems to always come up in the clutch. He is still young and I would like to have him in the lineup now.
SS- Yunel Escobar- Very clutch hitter with solid defense.
LF- Jordan Schaefer- He had a tough rookie season, but he had wrist problems, and another season in the minors could do him wanders.
CF- Nate McLouth- He had a rough season last year, but he has shown that he has what it takes to be a good player.
RF- Jason Heyward- Has there been a more anticipated offensive player within the organization in recent memory?
The pitching staff has some good prospects as well.
In 5 years if these players stay in the organization, the rotation will be something like this.
Jair Jurrjens- Under 25 and is already the best pitcher on the team(Hope his MRI goes well)
Tommy Hanson- Need I say more?
Kris Medlin- I think his time in the bull pen will do him wanders. He was impressive at times last season. Remember, he was called up before Hanson.
Julio Teheran- Was on the top 50 prospects list.
Arodys Vizcaino- Brought over in the Javy Vazquez trade. He is a very solid prospect.