Adonis Garcia was back in the #2 hole! Okay, but what about … Lucas Sims’ 6-2/3 scoreless IP, with 1 BB, 2 H and 10 Ks. Bartolo, the clock is ticking; Ronald Acuna’s 4 hits; he’s now batting .625 in May with 2 HR and 19 RBI. That is not a typo; Teammate Kolby Allard’s […]Read More A very good day to be a #Braves fan
On Friday we analyzed the Braves bevy of pitching prospects and came away encouraged. The news on the team’s next wave of everyday players is more of a mixed bag. Ronald Acuna, promoted to Mississippi today, was hitting .287 at High-A Florida with a .814 OPS, 3 HR, 19 RBI and and 14 SB. Teammate […]Read More Open thread, 5/9-10, #Braves young hitters and troubling splits
The continued maturation of Folty, who toes the slab in the opener of the weekend series against the banged-up Cardinals, has been the lone bright spot among Braves starting pitchers. Fortunately, help may be coming faster than we thought. At Gwinnett, Lucas Sims has restored some of his prospect luster, walking just one hitter in […]Read More Open thread, 5/5-5/7, #Braves young arms progressing nicely
Get ready for Luiz Gohara, the portly lefthander acquired from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith trade. Gohara was dominant in his first start for the High-A Florida Fire Frogs. Gohara combined overpowering stuff with a heavy dose of first-pitch strikes and good command of his slider on Opening Day for high Class A Florida. […]Read More The Brazilian Fat Tub of Goo
The future will be on display in Pearl, Mississippi this season (no doubt the first time anyone’s ever said that), as the Braves’ top three pitching prospects form the nucleus of the most talented Double-A rotation in the game. In skipping High-A ball, the front office is showing supreme confidence in Max Fried, Kolby Allard […]Read More Where to find #Braves prospects in 2017
MelJu is fighting for a roster spot in Toronto as he enters the last year of the horrific 5-year, $75.25 million signed in 2012. The Braves, of course, unloaded that contract when they shipped Melvin to San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, a deal that essentially netted Matt Wisler and Austin Riley. […]Read More #Braves wasted more than money on B.J.
Two of the five Braves to make Keith Law’s Top 50 prospects — Ronald Acuna (36) and Max Fried (50) — went unranked in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. Kind of surprising, since Acuna has really caught the eye of scouts within the last six months. Dansby (2), Ozzie Albies (26) and Kolby Allard (32) were […]Read More Keith Law hearts #Braves system, MLB Pipeline likes it a lot
Atlanta in 2017? Ozzie Albies. He’s had little problem adjusting to Double-A pitching, with a .399 OBP and .453 slugging percentage. Triple-A was a different matter, which suggests he could probably use one more year of seasoning. He has a decent shot of breaking camp with the big club bur probably shouldn’t. Remember, he’s only 19. […]Read More #Braves prospects: Studs, duds and all the rest
The Braves lost their 40th game today. The ’98 Braves, which won 106, didn’t lose their 40th until August 11. Snitker’s scrubs have, after 56 games, four less wins than the lowly ’88 squad and one less than the 1935 Boston Braves, who finished a franchise-worst 38-115. The 2016 Braves have the same record as the […]Read More #Braves brickbats
For the first time in awhile, it looks as if the Braves drafted some bona fide big league talent. For a kid who’s pitched just six professional innings, top pick Kolby Allard has raised a lot of hopes, striking out 12, walking none and allowing one hit. It’s the smallest of sample sizes but it’s […]Read More Digging deep for #Braves bright spots
I’m not going to try and explain the international signing process, which has spurred a flurry of transactions involving the likes of Cody Martin and 2014 2nd round pick Garrett Fulenchek. The objective, beyond signing 16-year-old prospects Cristian Pache, an OF with power potential, and speedy SS Derian Cruz, is to avoid exceeding their bonus pool […]Read More KLaw: #Braves have ‘handshake agreement’ with ‘the next elite prospect’
Mike Foltynewicz takes the mound tonight, his second start since his demotion. He was awful in his first start, and there’s been some chatter that he may not be the hardest of workers. I’m still bullish on Folty, who one month ago today, hurled a gem against Milwaukee, allowing one run, three hits and one […]Read More #Braves Farm Report: Second look edition
For years we’ve been clamoring for the Braves to add speed. Since Rafael Furcal stole 46 bases in 2005 only three Bravos have stolen more than 20 bases: Michael Bourn (22 in 2011; 42 in ’12), Jay Hey (21 in ’12, 20 in ’14) and Melvin Jr. (20 in ’14). This year’s team is equally […]Read More #Braves Farm Report: Speed to burn
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. Manny Banuelos has a […]Read More Hard to find silver linings for #Braves
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 […]Read More A line score worth savoring
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, […]Read More Down on the farm
(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 Atlanta).Read More Nine who got away
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 Christian Bethancourt learns how to hit, and there’s […]Read More Braves 2.016
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 any time soon — […]Read More Where’s Randall Delgado?
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. Possible replacements: If he was on […]Read More Who replaces Avilan?