Posts for : March 2015

When Rebuilding Looks Less Like Rebuilding: The Hector Olivera Saga

One thing’s seems for certain. The Atlanta Braves front office loves to confuse us. While they have refused to call this offseason the first steps of a rebuilding process, we know better. Call it a reboot or a remodel or whatever you want, but the Atlanta Braves are clearly rebuilding toward the future. More specifically, toward 2017, the year when the new stadium in Cobb County opens. Almost everything they have done this offseason has…

A Couple of About Links

Rather than a single post for each, let’s look at today’s pair of articles for my blog over at About.com. Feel free to follow the RSS feed or subscribe to the newsletter. Should the Braves Have Interest in Andre Ethier? There have been a few suggestions that the Braves could be a possible landing spot for Andre Ethier, the left-hand hitting outfielder for the Dodgers that is owed over $50M for the next three years…

2015 Top 30 Prospects: 30-21

One thing is clear following a winter where the Braves added several high-value prospects. The bottom of this list would have been pretty sad and without the moves of this winter. As is, the Braves depth made this list a real challenge because a couple of guys who probably should be on organizational Top 30 lists are pushed out in favor of guys who probably would have been near the Top 20. With that in…

Braves Roster Beat: March 8

It’s unusual to not win a game where you don’t give up a hit, but the Braves managed to do exactly that on Sunday. On the fortunate side, they also didn’t lose as they tie the Astros 2-2. Simply put, the pitchers helped their case and the hitters hurt theirs today. In today’s About.com article, I look a little deeper into it. Obviously, you have to touch on what Cody Martin did in Mike Minor‘s…

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand

Ah, yes, it’s that time of spring where we make often wrong predictions of what the 25-man roster will look like when the season opens. I’ll even go the extra mile with a lineup. I hope to do this every Sunday morning until the season begins. Starting Rotation 1. Julio Teheran 2. Alex Wood 3. Shelby Miller 4. Mike Minor 5. Eric Stults My Take? Simply put, Stults out-pitched Wandy Rodriguez in their first outings…

Random Ex-Brave: Kevin Gryboski

Funny little factoid about Kevin Gryboski, today’s Random Ex-Brave. He was drafted in back-to-back years in the 16th round out of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I don’t have a lot of other unique things to mention so I figured I’d get it out of the way real quick. Gryboski in 2004 (Scott Cunningham |Getty Images Sport) Born a week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving 1973, Gryboski also grew up in the Wilkes-Barre area. After saying “thanks, but…

The Atlanta Braves Outfield: 7 to Watch For (About.com)

The left field battle already had a enough guys vying for playing time before Melvin Upton Jr.‘s injury. With Nick Markakis possibly missing the start of the season, the opening day infield might not last for long, but someone’s got to play out there. Will Jonny Gomes take on a larger role? Can Zoilo Almonte hit major league pitching? Will Eury Perez hit enough to supplement the best defense of the group? Can either Todd…