Posts for : June 2014

Random Prospect Sunday – Nate Hyatt

I shouldn’t try commenting on other teams because I don’t have the time, nor inclination, to follow their drafting habits, but it really seems the Braves focus heavily on college relievers who have the ability to accelerate through their minor league system. Today’s Random Prospect, Nate Hyatt, is just another example from a group that includes Craig Kimbrel, Shae Simmons, and Cory Gearrin. Credit: talkingchop.com Hyatt was born on September 26th, 1990 in Charlotte, North…

1995 Reflections: Richmond Braves

For the past month and change, I have been looking at the minor league affiliates for the 1995 Atlanta Braves. For me, it has been both a look back at those prospects that never panned out and also, a nice glimpse at what that World Series-winning team had in the pipeline with players like Andruw Jones and Kevin Millwood still in the minors. I hope you, the reader, had a little fun looking back. As…

Welcome to the Bigs, Ryan Buchter!

One of my favorite columns to this blog is my weekly Random Prospect series, now on Sundays. The series gives me the opportunity to touch base with several prospects I would not otherwise consider writing about. Almost a year ago, the prospect was Ryan Buchter, a lefty with questionable control who was already in his third organization. Today, that same lefty has joined the Atlanta Braves, replacing the injured Gavin Floyd on the disabled list.…

Welcome to the Bigs, Juan Jaime

Sometimes, people want information on call-ups and this is a perfect time to start introducing myself to new prospects who will never read this. Yesterday, the Braves placed Pedro Beato on the disabled list and called up Juan Jaime. Beato, an average pitcher with average stuff and an average career, had just been recalled after an injury to David Carpenter. When Beato originally got back to the bigs this week, some, including Gondeee, expressed their…

Random Ex-Brave: Derrin Ebert

When the Atlanta Braves selected Derrin Ebert in the 18th round out of Hesperia High School in California, they liked the potential the young lefthander had. Of course, that low in the draft, you are thrilled if they player even sticks around long enough to provide depth to your AAA squad. Ebert did that and eventually became part of an Oscar nominated film. More on that later. Ebert joined the Braves system as a 17-year…

Favorite Braves List – Third Base

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons Honorable Mentions – Really…

So, yeah, Tony Gwynn Enjoyed Facing Atlanta

The news was depressing. Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of all-time, passed away from a long battle with cancer. 31 years ago, Gwynn made it to the majors less than a month before I was born. Of all of the hitters I have watched since I began to follow baseball, Gwynn was the greatest natural hitter I have ever been fortunate enough to watch. As a Braves hitter, Gwynn was one of the…