Posts for : November 2014

Review of John Sickels’ Preliminary List of Prospects (Part 2)

Yesterday, I began my look at the preliminary list minor league blogger John Sickels provided for Braves prospects for 2015. The Braves system is pitching heavy and sadly, most of the prospects aren’t that good. Whether it was Frank Wren’s fault or the heavy graduation rate lately that has built a young major league team, blue chip prospects are hard to find in the Braves system. Today, we look at the fielders who made Sickels…

Review of John Sickels’ Preliminary List of Prospects (Part 1)

Lost during Saturday’s buffet of college football was a list released by John Sickels, who focuses on minor league prospects. A former columnist for ESPN, Sickels has ran the blog minorleaguebaseball.com for some time now and I tend to look forward to his reports on the Braves. On Saturday, he released his preliminary list of prospects in the Braves system. Sickels did his list alphabetically and I’ll separate by position. We’ll focus on the pitchers…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Catcher

Since 1994, two players have dominated the playing time at catcher, providing the Braves with both consistency and top notch performance. After Brian McCann left the Braves for the higher tax bracket found in the Bronx, Evan Gattis took over last season. Gattis was a surprise in 2013 and his bat became such a focal point to the offense that the Braves dealt with his “defense” in left field just to get him into the…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: The Bullpen

Like the starting rotation, the bullpen kept the Braves’ dismal hopes alive even as the offense sputtered throughout the season. Only three other teams could say they had relief pitching with a better FIP and that’s with David Hale sucking (as he tends to do). Nevertheless, this was a bit of a fall in the rankings from the 2013 bullpen that led the lead in FIP. Will that trend continue going into 2015 or will the…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Starting Pitching

In Atlanta, starting pitching is kind of our thing. When we’re good, its good. When we’re bad, it’s usually damn awful. When we’re not good or bad, the starting pitching usually is what is keeping us from being bad. As was the case last season when the Braves starting pitching finished tied for sixth in K/9 and sixth in FIP while tossing the second most innings. Not that there weren’t issues to speak of, but…

Guess who’s back (back again)

Oddly, I keep coming back to the blogosphere as if it’s something I am committed to. I think I just like the idea that my words have meaning. After all, here they are. On the internet and everything. So…yeah. Been a busy month or so in Atlanta. First, after the Braves were rudely informed that the 2014 playoffs wasn’t something they needed to worry themselves with, general manager Frank Wren was fired along with his…