Posts for : June 2014

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL Central (Part 2 of 2)

Last Tuesday, I began to look at the AL Central and its ex-Braves ties. The article kind of ballooned on me due to some interesting stories so I cut the article basically in half and held releasing it all until today. Hope you guys enjoy. Kansas City Royals P Francisley Bueno – A childhood friend of former Braves Yunel Escobar and Brayan Pena, the Braves inked the Cuban defector in 2006. Two years later, the left-hander…

Seriously, bat La Stella higher

The ridiculous numbers are too much to ignore. In 16 games since his callup, Tommy La Stella has 23 hits, three more than Dan Uggla has had all season. La Stella’s seven walks are just two fewer than Uggla despite Uggla having a shade over double the amount of plate appearances Uggla has had this season. Uggla has four multi-hit games, all in April, where he managed two hits in each game. La Stella has…

Braves Have Weird Ideas

Last night included a rather exciting game and a perplexing idea. First, the game. Down 3-0, the Braves rallied in the sixth, eventually taking a 4-3 lead that they would extend to 7-3. The victory gave the Braves a series win over the visiting Angels while also propelling the Braves back into sole-possession of first place in the National League East. The game included a lot of the good things the Braves are well capable…

Random Prospect Sunday: David Nick

Many prospects I cover in this section are drafted or initially signed by the Braves, but that isn’t the case with this week’s random prospect. David Nick was born in Cypress, California on February 3rd, 1990 and went to high school there, likely playing with 2007 third overall pick, Josh Vitters. Nick graduated from Cypress High two years later and was picked in the 4th round by the Diamondbacks. Deciding to forgo college at UCLA,…

1995 Reflections: Greenville Braves

Two more teams to look at in the run-down of the “Other” 1995 Atlanta Braves teams. Up this week is the Greenville Braves. Beginning in 1984, the Braves had been in Greenville starting that year, young Braves prospects had climbed from Durham to Greenville to Richmond, which is consistency that is rare nowadays. The Braves would remain in Greenville until moving to Pearl, Mississippi in 2005. 21 years in Greenville and many of the G-Braves…

The Lineup: Does Placement Matter?

After a couple of disappointing games in Denver, the Braves find themselves reeling as they return home to meet the Angels for a three-game weekend series. For a change, Atlanta trails in the NL East and their fan-base is panicking. Can the Braves stop the bleeding or is this flawed team just not capable of beating the media’s favorite, the Washington Nationals? Oh, you’ve heard of them, I’m sure. For a year-and-a-half now, the media…

Brian McWho?

Before the 2013 season, the Braves has some concerns with their backstop position. Quality backup David Ross had become too expensive to retain and the Braves went for Gerald Laird. While a good player in his own right, Laird was not expected to replace Rossy’s considerable production while the latter played in Atlanta. More pressing was the contract situation of Brian McCann. Since the summer of 2005 when McCann was called up to replace Johnny…