Posts for : August 2013

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL Central

…excluding Steve Lyons. As I started last week, Wednesday is the time we look around the league, catching up with ex-Braves.  Sure, they can’t be cool anymore and wear the tomahawk, but they do deserve a couple of sentences.  To stream-line this a little, I won’t report every minor leaguer unless there is something I find interesting about him. Chicago White Sox P Deunte Heath – Heath is an Atlantan native who was once drafted…

Tommy Hanson’s No Longer a Man Crush

If you pay attention to the minors, you get man crushes.  Casual fans really don’t get it.  They know the guys who are on the major league roster, especially the everyday players, but they don’t know much about the guy in A-ball who looks like he might have impact potential.  Man crushes might be big prospects.  They were signed for big money out of Latin America or received a significant signing bonus after being drafted…

A Lead Heading Into the Sixth – Call It

Much has been written – even here – about the Atlanta Braves bullpen.  They tend to focus on the ERA, best in baseball.  Or the closer – also best in baseball (see below).  Maybe someone can whine about bullpen usage (hi). There’s a number I have been looking at over the past two days that astonishes me and fortunately, the Braves were able to be nice enough to give me an example of the number…

Youth is Served

Rebuilding teams often start with young players getting their shot to play regardless of production.  The Astros and Cubs, for example, are knee-deep into a rebuild stage.  The once-proud Astros no longer bring Killer B’s but “who’s that?’s” instead.  Theo Epstein is considered the right man for the job in Chicago to bring the Cubs back to prominence and he masterfully sold early-and-often with a tough market this year.  Dayton Moore’s Royals are finally showing…

Random Prospect of the Day: Casey Kalenkosky

When drafted, players don’t sign for a variety of reasons.  Money, usually.  Sometimes, however, it’s a commitment to a team and to its players.  A promise to finish an education.  For Casey Kalenkosky, when the Washington Nationals took him in the 13th round in 2011, he surprisingly returned to Texas State for a senior season in 2012.  Kalenkosky, who goes by “Ory” from his middle name Orion, probably cost himself a good penny since he…

Bigger Reason for Friday: Beachy or Marlins?

Brandon Beachy threw eight scoreless innings last night, but there was something that took away from an otherwise great evening.  The Florida Miami Jeffrey Lorias Marlins were the opposition.  Miami has won 43 games this year and at its current pace, will lose 101 games.  Now, they are a better team now than they were earlier this season, at least from an offensive stand point.  Giancarlo Stanton is healthy and Logan Morrison is being kept…

Favorite Braves List – #2 Starter

(Previous information on this series can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Favorite Braves List – #2 Starter John Smoltz Time to add to the Walk-Off Walk Favorite Braves roster with a starter capable of following Greg Maddux. While back in the day, a trusty left-hander seemed to be Maddux’s counterpart in the rotation,…