Posts for : June 2012

The All-Stars

I will be completely forthright with this.  I hate the All-Star Game.  I hate the idea that it “matters,” I hate the fact that every team gets a player, I hate that fans stuff ballots for their guy, and I hate the choices that managers typically make for who gets to go and who doesn’t.  Too often, guys aren’t selected for what they have done in that season.  Case in point…”let’s send Chipper to the…

Random Prospect of the Day – Matthew Kennelly

Back to the offensive random prospects, helped out by a Random.org number generator, and I land on yet another backup catcher type.  For what it’s worth, the focus with this column is to not have a love affair with super prospects, but shine light on maybe some guys most Braves fans have never heard of.  They might be journeyman, long-shots, or never-will-be’s, but the majority of players who make up the system are guys you…

How Awful is Jack Wilson?

Jack Wilson just grounded out as a pinch hitter in tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.  It was 2-2, the Braves were guaranteed eleven more outs, and no one was on base with the top of the lineup due up.  Fredi Gonzalez goes to Jack Wilson to get a rally started. Don’t think about that idea too long or your head might explode.  Jack Wilson is hitting .172 on this season in 36 games and 70…

What Starters Should the Braves Target?

As the Zack Greinke rumors begin to fly and the possibilities of bringing him aboard explored by a few bloggers, I felt it was time to take a look at what starters the Braves should seek out.  I’ll try to keep this exercise reasonably realistic.  Obviously, a team headed to a sub-.500 finish would still be a little hesitant giving up a team-controlled starter simply because they should be sellers.  I also lack much “inside”…

Favorite Braves List – First Base

(Previous information about this list can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Catcher – Brian McCann A few weeks ago, I began what should be a recurring list over the summer – My Favorite Braves of All-Time.  Brian McCann was an easy choice and today, we head over to first base.  This position was ultimately an easy choice (much like catcher), though I imagine we will start getting tougher choices with the rest…

Not-So-Random Prospect of the Day – Aaron Northcraft

When someone does what Aaron Northcraft did Friday night, they need not wait and hope to randomly be chosen as a prospect to write about.  Northcraft, starting his 14th game of the year for the Lynchburg Hillcats (A+), quietly tossed the first no-hitter of his professional career against the Salem Red Sox.  In full disclosure, Northcraft’s no-hitter was shortened to seven innings because doubleheaders in the minors typically are shortened to avoid too much stress…

Random Notes

Don’t really have a specific subject in mind, so here are a few things of interest. ——– The Braves are third in WAR among non-pitchers in the majors.  A big part of that is due to the Braves currently leading the bigs in the fielding component of WAR, which for non-catchers is UZR.  Last year, the Braves finished in the bottom ten in the fielding component.  The outfield has been tremendously important to this change,…