Hard to find silver linings for #Braves

April 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Their top two starters are struggling. The bullpen is imploding. And A.J. Pierzynski isn’t going to hit .400 all season long. It gets worse. Folty is the only one of the organization’s top prospects pitching worth a damn. Matt Wisler got lit up again tonight and now has a 6.75 ERA. [...]

A line score worth savoring

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gwinnett Braves Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Mike Foltynewicz (L, 0-2) 8.0 3 1 1 1 9 0 1.62 Totals 8.0 3 1 1 1 9 0 3.09 The Braves would do well to keep Folty in Gwinnett a while longer, let him string some quality starts together. But this is a very promising sign. Evan Gattis, meanwhile, has 2 [...]

Down on the farm

April 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mallex Smith, the speedy CF prospect acquired in the Justin Upton trade, is having no problems adjusting to Double-A pitching. batting .361 with 6 steals and a .400 OBP. The idea of Smith and Peraza atop the Braves line-up is a tantalizing one, though Jose is off to a bit of a slow start, however, [...]

Nine who got away

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

(originally posted 2012)  The Braves haven’t always been judicious about which prospects they dealt. Here’s 9 prospects the Braves traded away with little to show for it (hence the absence of Jason Schmidt, who brought Denny Neagle to [...]

The All-Bust Braves

December 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

A position-by-position list of the can’t-miss prospects who did: C: Tyler Houston. The second overall pick in the country was selected ahead of Frank Thomas, John Olerud, Mo Vaughn, Chuck Knoblauch, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Salmon and Charles Johnson, among others. He turned out to be a poor [...]

Braves 2.016

July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

No team has assembled more young  talent at the big league level than the Bravos, but a variety of missteps — including some questionable draft picks — has left the farm system bereft of prospects. They have some useful parts, but only two potential difference-makers. Three, if [...]

Where’s Randall Delgado?

May 14, 2013 // 4 Comments

He’s at Reno, pitching horribly. Randall has 0 wins and a 9.09 ERA in 8 starts with a 1.933 WHIP. As for the other prospects shipped to Arizona: *Zeke Spruill has struggled since his promotion from Double-A Mobile, striking out only 6 in 18 IP. *Don’t expect Nick Ahmed to get promoted [...]

Who replaces Avilan?

April 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

Losing Luis hurts. But his injury doesn’t appear as bad as it looked — just a left hamstring strain, according to the great Jerome Jurenovich, though he’ll be re-examined tomorrow. Even the bad news is good for these Braves. Still, Avilan is likely to miss a month, at best. [...]

Teheran, Delgado inspiring little confidence

December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

June, when Brandon Beachy is expected to return to full health, may not come fast enough for the Braves, who are counting on prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran to fill the 5th spot in the rotation. I’ve been high on Delgado but was a little troubled by his mediocre performance after [...]

White Bear

October 27, 2012 // 6 Comments

#Braves LF/C hopeful Evan Gattis just hit another HR (4) for Aguilasin Venezuela. I’m told his teammatesthere call him “White Bear.” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) October 27, 2012 Evan Gattis rarely comes up in any discussion of what to do if/when Brian McCann leaves [...]

Julio Teheran returning to form?

August 27, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Braves top prospect isn’t all the way back, but there’s signs of progress. On Aug. 14 he pitched 8 dazzling innings, striking out nine and allowing just one run. He repeated those numbers Saturday night, though in his previous start he didn’t make it out of the third, allowing [...]

Filling the game-less days

July 10, 2012 // 17 Comments

Listened to a Baseball Prospectus podcast yesterday, and it was right good. BP is known for sabermetrics, I guess, but the hosts, Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks, offered a nice blend of stats and older school viewpoints, and even a little humor. They sound like they actually like to get out and [...]

Tomorrow’s prospect today

July 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Baseball America reports on a 17-year-old southpaw off to a promising start in the minors: • Luis Merejo, lhp, Braves: When we reviewed Atlanta’s 2011 international signings(subscription required), we tabbed Merejo as the sleeper of the group. Signed for $65,000 last October, Merejo [...]

Zack Greinke to the Braves?

June 28, 2012 // 9 Comments

Bowman writes that a trade for Milwaukee’s ace is a very real possibility, with the Braves then signing Greinke, whose agent is NOT Scott Boras) long-term. There’s many reasons to endorse a Greinke trade. He’ll be 29 on Opening Day. He’s topped 200 innings three times and is [...]

Braves pursuing top Cuban prospect

June 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

This qualifies as a pleasant surprise — according to Buster Olney, the Braves are making a serious push to land Cuban uber-prospect Jorge Soler, a 19-year-old right-handed hitting slugger who projects as a corner outfielder with big power and plus defensive skills. The second round of bids [...]

Not all is lost

May 28, 2012 // 7 Comments

There was some good news Sunday: JJ was dominant for the Buford Braves, tossing eight scoreless innings, walking none and striking out five. Don’t know what his fastball was clocked at but recent reports say his velocity is back to where it was this time a year ago. His stay in Gwinnett may [...]

Will Gattis make the eggheads eat their words?

May 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

Keith Law, in a recent online chat, mocked the idea of Evan Gattis as a prospect. He’s 25, wrote Law, and still in Single-A. Gattis has since been promoted, and in his first 16 ABs, has 7 hits — 2 doubles, 2 HRs and 6 RBI. Does that make him a prospect? I dunno, but dismissing him out [...]
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