Posts for : July 2015

Random Prospect Sunday: Stephen Gaylor

How cool is playing in front of your home-town fans as a professional? That’s what Stephen Gaylor is doing right now with the Rome Braves. The speedy outfielder is as big of a longshot as you might find in the system, but that also helps to make him one of those guys that it is impossible not to root for. Gaylor was born in Rome on a pretty exciting day. Just southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County…

Jeff Schultz Doesn’t Believe in the Process

I don’t always agree with the AJC’s Jeff Schultz on baseball. In fact, I rarely do. He’s a blowhard who too often doesn’t understand baseball while sticking to cliches. I’ve wrote on here before that Schultz and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on letting Tim Hudson go and signing Gavin Floyd the offseason before the last. It was the smart decision. But Schultz, who is far more comfortable analyzing football, only really focuses on names over…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL Central

I considered doing a special version of this series with the All-Star Game, but that would have been pretty short with, by my count, just two former ex-Braves in the All-Star Game. So, let’s move on to this week’s target, former Braves in the NL Central. As usual, this list should not be considered exhaustive. There might be – and probably are – a few misses. If you notice them, feel free to comment below.…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tyrell Jenkins

In January of 2010, 17 year-old Tyrell Jenkins made the kind of decision that, for many of us, is one of the most important decisions of his life. The Henderson, Texas native decided that he would pursue higher education at Baylor, accepting a scholarship to play both baseball and football. A quarterback who could run and throw, Jenkins had a shot to stick at the position in a post Robert Griffin III world at Baylor.…

This Week at About.com

Things have been busy over at my second home, AtlantaBraves.About.com. Here is a list of this week’s posts in case you missed them. Braves Seek Young Catching In this slideshow, I look at some of the young options the Braves could be seeking on the trade market for a long-term option at catcher. Andrew Susac would appear like a possible fit if the Giants decide he’s worth giving up for Cameron Maybin. Other choices Texas’s…

Random Ex-Brave: John Thomson

It was the kind of smart, no-risk signing a guy like John Schuerholz built his career on. John Thomson‘s came to the Braves as a veteran expected to be steady at the bottom of the rotation. He played for five teams in ten major league seasons, started a postseason game, and was once traded for, among others, disappointing Mets outfielder Jay Payton. Thomson wore the journeyman label on his sleeve and ran with it. Unfortunately,…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL East

In today’s look around the league at former Braves, the focus is on the NL East. Because teams to not deal with their divisional rivals often, there aren’t a lot of ex-Braves in the NL East – though most of the ones that are populate major league rosters. As usual, this list cannot be considered exhaustive and there is a better than average chance I’m missing a player or two. If you know of one,…