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2018 Preseason Top 50 Braves Prospects – #30-#21

2018 Preseason Top 50 Braves Prospects – #30-#21

This week, we reach the half-way point in the Top 50 and then add a few more names. Today’s ten prospects include a pair of 2017 draftees and only one prospect originally signed by another organization. That’s a good sign because for the last couple of years, Atlanta’s best prospects were acquired in trades. However, without a pipeline of talent, acquiring talent from outside the organization will soon dry up as the team moves toward…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (9/9) – Two Great Pitchers

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (9/9) – Two Great Pitchers

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…

Can the Braves be 2018 Contenders? (Part 3 of 3)

Can the Braves be 2018 Contenders? (Part 3 of 3)

Over the last couple of days, I published two different roster projections for the 2018 season. The first, referred to as the Realistic Model, tried to use conservative projections for successful campaigns. The result was a 77 or 78-win Braves squad. Essentially, there would be an improvement but only marginal. The second roster was the Optimistic Model. It was a fun look at the 2018 Braves if pretty much everything went right. We’ll leave the second…

Baby Braves Boxscore: June 15th, 2005

Baby Braves Boxscore: June 15th, 2005

“The Atlanta Braves don’t rebuild…we Retool” It’s a saying that’s become synonymous with John Schuerholz, notorious even. A stream of nonsense that has now been buried, burned, and discarded by Alex Anthopoulos in what was once known as “The Braves Way”.  There’s most definitely a rebuild going on and no matter how anyone wants to phrase those words, the fans, media, and anyone that has a half a brain knows that’s what has happened these…

Atlanta’s Best Chance of Landing Christian Yelich

Atlanta’s Best Chance of Landing Christian Yelich

It appears the Marlins are going to trade Christian Yelich. Given how Yelich reacted to the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon, and the fact that Miami is about to enter a full rebuild, this probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. But anytime a player as young, and talented, and cost-controlled as Yelich comes on the market, we should take notice. It just doesn’t happen that often. And with the news coming…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday, I attempted to build a realistic model of what the 2018 season might look like based on Steamer projections with minimal tweaks. Today, though, we are going to have fun with best-case possibilities. Today, my friends, we’ll take a swing at what an optimistic projection of the 2018 Braves may look like. Full disclosure – I’m not putting together a model that projects Dansby Swanson to hit .412 or Nick Markakis to hit 45…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…