- Matt Meyers
With the exception of Matt Wieters, there isn't a prospect whose 2009 debut has been as anticipated as Tommy Hanson's. The hard-throwing righty is scheduled to make his first major league start Sunday for Atlanta after posting a 90-17 strikeout-walk ratio in 66 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett. He is another feather in the cap of the Braves' player-development machine that produced stars such as Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Chipper Jones and, more recently, Brian McCann.
The Atlanta Braves used to value talented prospects above all else, but now they're dealing them in exchange for immediate dividends. That could lead to a long-term problem.