Atlanta Braves Top Prospect, Lucas Sims, Heading To….

***UPDATE: Lucas Sims said on Twitter that he is actually on vacation and not pitching in the Dominican Republic.


Atlanta Braves top prospect, Lucas Sims, has been a name brought up often this past week during the MLB Winter Meetings.  Teams with top pitchers seem to want one guy if they are going to be trading with the Braves and that’s Sims.

ph_608371But, many reports have said that the Braves won’t trade their most-prized young talent, but they might be able to put together a package good enough to land a David Price or Jeff Samardzija without depleting their minor league system.

“You always want to get things done as quickly as you possibly can, but I think it was a really productive meetings for us,” Frank Wren said.  “We were able to sort through all the possibilities early in the week, then (Tuesday) get it a little closer to (finalizing).  So I feel like we have a good chance to get some things that will be good for our team done over the next couple of weeks.”

So with that, a tweet pops up this morning from Lucas himself.  It reads “Dominican Republic bound”

Is this a vacation for Sims or is he going down to the Dominican to get some last minute pitching in?

The Dominican Winter League’s regular season ends on December 22nd.  The Venezuelan Winter League ends on December 29th and the Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican League both end on December 30th.

And if this is a destination for a baseball trip, could this be related to a possible request from a team?

All speculation of course right now but we will keep you updated.



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  • Michael McDonald

    Hey bud…good article. One point to take with you. Though I am a Braves fan, I live in FL so I don’t get as much info on players as I would like. Especially minor leaguers. So it might be beneficial to the uneducated reader to give more info. First and foremost, his position. I’m assuming he’s a pitcher but I shouldn’t have to assume. Also if he is such a top prospect, tell us why. What are his stats and at what level. The good thing is that Sims is now on my radar as someone I need to investigate further. But most of my investigation is needed per lack of info on this article. Just a thought…but like I said, this was still a GOOD article.

    • Chris Headrick

      You can click on the link in the piece for Lucas to see his stats on baseball reference. Sims is our (Tomahawk Take’s) #1 prospect. You can read our review of Sims we posted awhile back at the web address below for more information and a scouting report on Sims

    • carpengui

      He’s actually #1 on virtually everyone’s list, too… it’s not much of a debate. Yes, RH pitcher. Will likely go to the Carolina League this year (High-A) after showing a 3:1 K/BB ratio, striking out 1.25 per inning. He’s not a power arm guy – low-to-mid 90′s, but a good assortment of good pitches… with control, which is usually the sticking point at that age.

      • Lee Trocinski

        I know this isn’t supposed to be much of a discussion post, but I’m bored right now. Sims’ control wasn’t great this year. 12.5% of his batters faced ended with a walk or HBP, which is a bit higher than average. It’s not a horrible number for someone with his K ability, but he’s not exactly a strike-thrower yet.

        • Chris Headrick

          You mean he’s not perfect? Wow, imagine that! ;-)

        • carpengui

          I still call that pretty decent for the level. I tend to look at the K/BB ratios more. I also note that Mauricio Cabrera (supposed to be a top prospect) had 71 walks at the same level in a few more innings). Of that rotation, Wes Parson actually looked the best, but Lucas was right there with him. Finally, if he was a power guy first, then I’d be a little more concerned, but since he had the full repitoire, a few more walks doesn’t really surprise me… and he’s still striking out a ton of guys.

          • Lee Trocinski

            I wasn’t trying to talk him down at all, as a 19-year-old doing well in full-season ball is always impressive. Just saying that his BB+HBP rate was only 1% lower than Cabrera, but Sims is clearly more advanced as a pitcher now due to the K’s.

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