Posts for : July 2013

2013 Atlanta Braves Myths: Part VIII

Some of the most interesting myths concerning the Braves are about strikeouts.  Everybody knew coming into this season that the Braves were going to strike out at a ridiculous rate.  From the moment this team was constructed, arguments against that construction were presented by many, many, MANY commentators, bloggers, and people who think their tweets are valuable.  They won’t make productive outs, they said.  They can’t win if they strike out, they scream.  STRIKEOUTS ARE…

Discussion: Jason Heyward to Center

Before Sunday’s game with the White Sox, Dave O’Brien tweeted that the Braves were going to move Jason Heyward to center field for the time being with B.J. Upton out.  This move does have both positives and negatives so I’ll look at both. Positives Outside of Heyward, the Braves have two players with experience in center.  Reed Johnson does a few things rather well at this level.  He hits lefties at a good rate.  He’s…

Howdy Kameron!

Before today’s game with the Chicago White Sox, the Atlanta Braves announced they had purchased the contract of Kameron Loe and Tyler Pastornicky is headed back to Gwinnett to be…ya know…Pastornickyish.  So, it’s time to welcome Mr. Loe to the team and introduce ourselves to this new Brave. Loe has been in the system since May 11th, a day after being released by the Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs were already his second team of the…

Random Prospect of the Day: J.R. Graham

Sometimes, I get middle relievers or backup catchers in this series, but today, we have one of the top prospects in the system, even if he’s a little hurt right now. J.R. Graham, was born in Livermore, California near the San Francisco Bay, and graduated from the same high school that produced Randy Johnson.  If you’re curious, the J.R. is short for Jonathan Ryan.  Graham made an immediate impression on professional scouts and the Oakland…

Unleashing the Braves’ Secret Weapons!

In the modern age of baseball statistics, everything has been counted, quantified, explained, and received interesting names like WAR.  And SIERA.  And RAR!  Sometimes, the numbers are quickly thrown to the side.  Anyone remember VORP?  Other times, they are investigated and altered to better explain the story the statistic attempts to tell. With this ease of finding information, I came to a conclusion that I believe helps to explain the success Atlanta has experienced on…

2013 Atlanta Braves Myths: Part VI & VII

Back to dispel a myth or, rather, two myths.  The first was a common answer I intended to answer.  The second came from the research as I was attempting to answer that first myth. 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! 4. Anyone would be better than Uggla!  5. Unless…

Taking the Bait

Recently, MLB Trade Rumors spoke of trade bait for the many contenders, specifically saying that the Braves only had one notable guy who would grab the attention of other General Managers.  In the article, Marc Hulet contends that “the Braves haven’t really made the amateur draft a priority in recent years and that has hurt the organization’s depth.”  I find that fairly absurd.  Recent graduates from the amateur draft to the major leagues include Alex…