Posts for : May 2015

OOTP: Week 5

For more on this series, read this. As we flip the calendar into May, it’s time for the OOTP 2015 Braves to take stock in the season’s first month. It’s been a productive run of it with a share of baseball’s best record coming as the second month of the season opens. Rookie Cody Martin‘s 2.74 ERA paces the starting staff while the offense has plated the second most runs in the NL with 105…

Simba’s Improvement

Nobody can match Andrelton Simmons in the field. His Defensive Runs Saved, or DRS, is other-worldly. His range is endless. And that arm? If this was the middle ages, minstrels would sing of Simba’s greatness. Now that I think about it, that wouldn’t be too bad of an idea for the modern age. Every time he comes to the plate, a minstrel could sing a new song. Atlanta, make this happen! Andrelton’s defense is enough…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – Japan and Korea

International baseball leagues aren’t always the easiest to follow for American fans. Beyond just the logistics of events on the other side of the world, the English-language sites are not updated quite as frequently. With that in mind, this list cannot possibly be exhaustive. I’m touching on two leagues today, but there are several other baseball leagues you can look into. I pulled these numbers Monday, but not even sure if they are accurate. Nippon…

When You Have One Center Fielder, Try Playing Him

When the season was set to begin with Eric Young Jr. in center field and Melvin Upton Jr. on the mend, I was hopeful that Todd Cunningham would make the team. Why? It’s simple. The Braves needed a center fielder. While EYJ has certain attractive qualities (flexibility, speed), he’s not a center fielder. While he made some plays this spring, people like me pondered if the plays he made were more a product of getting…

Random Prospect Sunday: Joseph Daris

Do you know anything about the typical rating scale that is used by baseball scouts? The scale runs from 20 to 80. The higher the rating, the better the skill or its potential. For example, Christian Bethancourt‘s throwing arm might be rated a 65 or 70. That would rank as an elite number, though there is room for catchers with better throwing arms. Craig Kimbrel‘s spiked curveball might be rated as a 75 – maybe…

OOTP: Week 4

Not italics again! Once again, apologies for not posting. I’m in the middle of finals and writing papers so the blog has taken a bit of a back seat, but after the paper today, I just have three final exams to take next week so I see the end of this. On the plus side, unlike last week, this OOTP update posted on the right day. Welcome to Week 4 of the OOTP sim of…