Behold, Uggla the Brave

by on November 17, 2010   8 Comments

We Braves fans are all too familiar with Dan Uggla.  He is fondly referred to as “The Braves Killer” in Hotlanta, due to his modest .340 batting avg at The Ted.  Well, yesterday Braves GM Frank Wren traded diamond wizard Omar Infante and rookie Mike Dunn to Florida for Uggla.

This move is slightly bittersweet for Braves Nation, because of our steadfast admiration of Mr. Infante.  Omar’s versatility and hitting skills are priceless, but I think Uggla’s power is going to serve us well.  He’s coming off an incredible season where he hit 33 home runs and won the Silver Slugger.  Offensively he’s going to provide that right-handed power in the middle of the lineup that we’ve needed.

Defensively, here’s where I have a problem.  According to more important baseball writers, the Braves are considering moving Prado to LF to make way for Uggla at 2B.  I can see their logic… Prado actually did start off as a left fielder, and it’s where he plays winter ball, and Uggla’s never played anywhere but 2B.  However, looking at their defensive skills, I think LF would suit Uggla better than 2B.  He’s never been a good defending second baseman, he’s consistently sported lots of errors since his rookie year… 18 last year, 16 in ’09, and 13 in ’08.  Plus, as my friend Asher pointed out,  he rocked 3 errors in an All-Star game couple years back!  But, if Prado does move to LF, at least we would finally have a consistently good left fielder.

If Chipper isn’t ready by Spring Training, which initial indications says that he will be, I say put Uggla at third and El Martin at second.  In my opinion, Uggla needs to be far away from second base.  But, then what about left field?  Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske all day long.

Bottom line, aside from Uggla’s defensive woes and shaved arms, I’m excited about his arrival to Atlanta.  Lookout Philly.

Author: Josh Brown
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8 Comments »

  1. His shaved arms are about to flex all over the NL East. His lifetime numbers at Fulton County are crazy and with McCann, Heyward, and Chipper surrounding him the line-up, he is going to crush. And 18 errors over the course of 160 games? No big deal. Dude hits 30 HR and 80 RBI like clockwork and, in a bad lineup in Florida, has put up the 2nd active OPS for 2B behind just Utley, so why is everyone so locked in on defense? Soriano went from 20-23 errors at 2B to 10-15 errors in LF – I’d rather have 18 one-base errors than 10 rally starting 2-3 base errors and who knows how many should-have-been-an-out-but-is-a-single-or-double-that-dropped-ins.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    November 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

  2. [sigh]… Thank you Jason for being a voice of reason in this time of emotional distress. LOOKOUT CHASE UTLEY!!!

    Comment by Josh Brown
    November 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

  3. Lookout Chase Utley? Come on, now. Utley’s career average is .293, and he’s averaged 28 HRs, 105 RBIs, 15 SBs, through his career, with a .380 OBP and an .894 OPS. Uggla doesn’t stack up to that. .263 average, 32 HRs, 97 RBIs, 4 SBs, and just an .837 OPS average per season, not to mention that Uggla doesn’t play nearly the caliber of defense that Utley plays. Philly isn’t scared.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    November 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

  4. I thought that would ruffle your feathers, Pennington. Success.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    November 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  5. Haha. The difference of a few errors at 2nd base marginal – Uggla hits the ball out of the park and drives in runs, period. And he has done it on a team with barely any protection in the lineup, always near the bottom in the standings, and in a ballpark that is 340-384-420 in the “Bermuda Triangle” that is Uggla’s power alley. In Fulton County, in a pennant race, with protection, there is no reason he can’t go .280-40-115. I’m already locking him in at 2B on my fantasy team next year.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    November 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

  6. How high do you think he will be drafted?

    Comment by Andy Weiler
    November 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

  7. Andy – who are you talking about?

    Comment by Josh Brown
    November 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

  8. I am talking about Uggla…haha but I mean in fantasy baseball. Sorry for the confusion there.

    Comment by Andy Weiler
    November 30, 2010 at 12:44 am

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