36-year old switch hitting 3B Chipper Jones is still the man. He played in 128 games for the Braves last season and he was 160 for 439 (.364 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 22 homers, 75 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Jones made 13 errors in 115 games at 3B last season for the Braves in which he showed good range. The Braves need a healthy Jones to compete in the N.L. East with the powerhouse teams the Phillies and Mets are going to field in 2009.
Martin Prado and Omar Infante will back up Jones again in 2009. Prado is the better defender at 3B of these two guys as he only made 1 error in 24 games at 3B while showing outstanding range. Infante made 4 errors in 32 games at 3B last season while showing average range.
29-year old switch hitting Brooks Conrad finally made it to the majors last season but it will be hard for him to make the Braves in 2009. Conrad played in 6 games for the A’s last season and he was 3 for 19 (.158 avg, .369 OPS) with 2 RBIs. He also played in 117 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 113 for 465 (.243 avg, .821 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 28 homers, 91 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-