Posts for : January 2015

Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

When the 2014-15 offseason is looked it, we will be mesmerized by the amount of turnover. Of the 39 players who played at least one game with the Braves last season, 19 of them are already gone and that does not include Kris Medlen or Brandon Beachy. Outfield stands out as a position in great change and I profiled the starting rotation last week which saw an entire starting staff move on. Let’s not ignore…

Kelly Comes Home

It’s worth noting that, yes, I do know that Kelly Johnson was born in Texas, but nobody likes a stickler for details so run with the title of this post dammit. I have probably mentioned this before and if we go way back, you need no reminding, but I was a big fan of Kelly Johnson as he climbed up the ladder to the majors. The 38th overall pick of the 2000 draft struck out…

Jonny Gomes: A win-win situation

I think a lot of people have this idea that when you rebuild a team, you just throw as many young players into the mix and roll with it. See what the kids can do is the common sentiment shared by many who see a team rebuilding. However, the reality is that if a player is not major league quality, giving him at-bats just to “see what he can do” is a ridiculous proposition. Oh,…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 2006

We continue our quest to review the last 15 years of Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospects in the Braves system with the 2006 list, or as we might remember, the year after all of the Baby Braves arrived. A few of them made this list, though that didn’t stop a wealth of turnover in the Top Ten with only three players who appeared in the rankings previously. Still, the Brave placed five prospects in the…

Random Ex-Brave: Pete Smith

Baseball is filled with players who have a career season. Maybe their BABIP went wonky in the positive direction or they got unusually lucky with a few flyballs that landed three feet in front of the left-center wall instead of beyond it. But even those players often have had a somewhat productive career filled with average seasons. Today’s random ex-Brave had one season where he looked like he would give the Braves a true embarrassment…

Braves Continue Scorched-Earth Policy

Just when you think, “okay, so, this team is the one the Braves largely will go into spring training with,” they make yet another trade that crosses that all up. On Wednesday, the Braves made their third trade of the new year as they sent Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a trio of prospects. Well, at least, they sold a bunch of polar bear stuff. I’ve actually been a little underwhelmed with the…

Braves add Wandy

As I feared in my last post previewing the starting pitching situation pre-spring training, the Braves have already further complicated the issue by signing Wandy Rodriguez. The long-time Astro who spent the last two-and-a-half years not starting many games for the Pirates, Rodriguez joins an increasing battle for the fifth starter spot. Rodriguez received a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the team, he will get a base salary of…