Namely, what is going on with the Braves' development of position players. In recent history it appears that our minor league system prepares hitters to appear good right out of the bat and then fade off.
and many more to a lesser extent (Brandon Jones, Brayan Pena, Scott Thorman)
even prospects we've traded away:
The only hitting prospects that have 'panned out' to be conistently good players recently are McCann and Escobar. You could argue that Escobar developed more in the professional leagues in Cuba (and I would tend to believe that, as it appears in his attitude that he doesn't necessarily listen well to coaching here). So really, we're left with only McCann being a hitter that realized his potential.
With uber-prospects Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman tearing it up at AA, the time is approaching when they will be called up. It seems that the Braves have a trend of bringing up people before they are truly seasoned, at the moment they either look ready or look like they have nothing "left to prove" in the minors. My wonder is if we'd be better off allowing them a full season of AAA in order to develop not just physically but mentally. Knowing they had a full season to work on various aspects of their game might prepare them more for the rigors of the MLB and help them understand the necessity of making adjustments.
All too often the Braves use success in the minors, however brief, as a crutch to determine a players' readiness. Perhaps more prudence should be involved in helping the players mature and understand that the big leagues take constant tinkering and openness to change. Maybe forcing them to be patient and work on learning the game will lead us to more McCanns and less Francoeurs. And that is certainly a good thing!