Saturday, November 17, 2007

Braves Acquire Prospect Josh Anderson

What a disappointing trade and replacement for Andruw Jones. Looking to land a possible replacement for Andruw Jones, the Atlanta Braves traded reliever Oscar Villarreal to the Houston Astros for speedy outfielder Josh Anderson on Friday. Atlanta decided against trying to re-sign Jones, who filed for free agency after spending more a decade as the team's center fielder. The 25-year-old Anderson could be Jones' replacement, along with holding down the leadoff spot in the batting order.

Perhaps as a Braves fan I should give this guy a chance. But still, Andruw Jones provided so much firepower and fielding ability for the Braves over the years that I expected the Braves to replace him with another powerhouse....not a prospect. Let's look at what Anderson has done well:

Anderson was MVP of the Double-A Texas League All-Star game in 2006. He led that league in stolen bases for two years, and topped all of minor league baseball with 78 steals in 2005. This past season, Anderson hit .358 in 67 at-bats for Houston after stealing 41 bases at Triple-A Round Rock.

Impressive. He can steal a base as good as anyone and puts up a high batting average. Kelly Johnson and him will do well batting in the one and two spots followed by Chipper Jones and the recent acquisition of Mark Teixeira

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