Posts for : June 2013

Random Prospect of the Day: Ross Heffley

Welcome back to one of Walk-Off Walk’s first ongoing segments, the Random Prospect of the Day.  As of today, there are 162 players who have received an at-bat in the Braves minor league system.  Using random.org, I got the number for Ross Heffley.  Let’s meet him. Not the best home run stare in the world, Ross. Ross Heffley was born in Georgia back in January of 1990 and helped to lead Brookwood High to a…

Atlanta Braves 2013 Myths: Part III

Earlier today, I touched on another myth I have seen and a couple of days ago, I began this series. Time to turn a corner and possibly find some truth in a myth. Possibly. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall behind early and has to play catch-up.  3.  Atlanta can’t win if they keep striking out so much! Commonly, we hear about the strikeouts being the Achilles’s…

Atlanta Braves 2013 Myths: Part II

Previously, I began a series to seek out the truth behind some of the comments typically made about the Braves, often from observational bias.  Today, we continue as we try to find out more truth about the Atlanta Braves current philosophy. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall behind early and has to play catch-up. I’m not entirely sure where this idea comes from, but I have seen…

A Couple of Trade Ideas

Last July, I wrote a blogpost called Mining for Gold in which, among others, I brought up the idea of trading for Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker before Atlanta acquired both in separate trades last summer.  This won’t be as in depth of a blogpost, but I figured I would do half of Frank Wren’s job and give him the ideas that he would later act on. So, yeah, I truly feel Wren follows me…

Atlanta Braves 2013 Myths: A New Series

I love numbers.  I’m not naive to argue that “numbers never lie,” but they, when properly used, can often strike down the evils of observational bias and provide some clear thinking based on actual facts.  With that, let’s start a new series on these myths.  Each article in the series might answer one myth or maybe two myths.  Did I mention I started a new series?  How professional is this shit? 1. Atlanta doesn’t make…

Are the Braves just…lucky?

I scour the facebook landscape for the best commentary on the Atlanta Braves.  Well, not the best, but the strangest.  And in a great many of these wonderful, level-headed exchanges, I, and other crazy bastards like myself, have provided this irrefutable fact.  The Atlanta Braves are in first place.  I even looked it up.  Yep, the Nats, after beating the Diamondbacks, are 38-38.  The Braves, after beating the Royals, are 45-33.  According to math, a…

Random Prospect of the Day: 2012 Review

I had a couple of recurring posts during the first go-around…hey, I did have 46 posts so it’s not like I never updated this blog…and one of those recurring bits was the Random Prospect of the Day.  Generally, every weekend, I would get a random.org number, go to b-r, and alternate pitcher/position player to introduce myself and any sad bastard reading this blog to a (often unknown) player in the organization.  Six times I did…