The Brazilian Fat Tub of Goo

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. […]

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#Braves brickbats

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 […]

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KLaw: #Braves have ‘handshake agreement’ with ‘the next elite prospect’

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 […]

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Down on the farm

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, […]

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Nine who got away

(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).

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Braves 2.016

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 […]

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Where’s Randall Delgado?

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 — […]

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Who replaces Avilan?

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 […]

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