Posts for : December 2014

Arbitration Preview: Mike Minor

What a difference a year makes for a player like Mike Minor. When the last December ended, he was coming off a 2013 campaign that saw him throw 204.2 ING with a 3.21 ERA, 3.37 FIP, and 3.5 fWAR. Everything was looking up for Minor. And then, there was 2014 with its oddball injuries, 4.77 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 0.2 fWAR. Last year, Minor looked like a guy the Braves might extend. This year, it…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 2003

I think last week worked much better so we’ll keep with that method. For the second consecutive season, the Braves landed a trio of prospects in the overall Top 50. They would do that for three more seasons, providing the backbone to the 2005 Baby Braves. If you’d like to take a view at previous versions of this series, click here. Atlanta’s Top Ten Prospects for 2003 according to Baseball America 1. Adam Wainwright, rhp…

Random Ex-Brave: Henry Blanco

(Been a hell of a couple of days. To add on to Christmas, I spent most of the 26th sick. Yesterday was spent entirely on recuperation. I’m better now, though a sore back isn’t helping much. Had plans for a few articles before this one, but they will have to wait until the week when I can catch up.) While Greg Maddux had a few personal catchers during his time with the Braves, we really only remember…

Braves Sign Jason Grilli…Because Reasons

It’s been only a few months since John Hart assumed the job as “dude in charge” for the Atlanta Braves and the moves so far have been fairly uneven. Trade Jason Heyward, sign Nick Markakis. Ship out Tommy La Stella, add Alberto Callaspo. Send Justin Upton packing, ink…Jason Grilli? What’s next? Trading Mike Minor to bring back Aaron Harang? Grilli is the latest addition to the remade Atlanta Braves, signed to a $8M contract over the next two…

Fifth Starter Hunting

While a rebuild is in place, the Braves still need to add to next year’s squad. During a Q&A with David O’Brien, John Hart even talked about the need to go searching for a starting pitcher. But who? At this point, the market is still heavily saturated with starters, but many are likely not exactly what the Braves should be searching for. Obviously, bargain hunting and signing James Shields do not mix. Plus, there is…

Reviewing BA’s Top 10: 2002

Changing things up a little this week. As you know if you follow the blog, over the last month, I have been taking a retrospective look at the Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospects in the Atlanta Braves system yearly report. It’s a fun look back, but as can be expected, many of the prospects repeat as they move up the ladder. This presents too many redundant entries. So, starting this week, I’ll spotlight one prospect,…

Random Ex-Brave: Norm Charlton

This is kind of a strange bit of randomness, but bear with me. The way I prepare for this weekly column is to open random.org and baseball-reference.com in two different tabs. Using the years of 1991-2014, I am giving a 24 year sample. I go to random.org and get a random number with those parameters. For instance, if the generator gave me a number of “2,” that would point me to 2013. Clicking on the…