Posts for : July 2015

Trying to Explain The International Signing Period

This whole mess has been confusing from the get-go. I tried to explain it a little the other day, but I want to focus a bit more on how much money the Braves could spend, how much they have spent, and why the Braves traded a half-dozen players away to be able to spend it. Initial Bonus Pool = $2,458,400 Where does that figure come from? Each team is assigned four slots and each slot comes…

Braves Pick Up Minor League Southpaw

I’m a NASCAR fan. Not a fanatic, but a fan. So I was at my computer checking Twitter instead of sleeping while the rain-delayed race continued well into the night. As tweets about the race occupied a lot of my feed, a story about another Braves acquisition showed up. News broke last night that the Braves had pulled off a trade with the Astros. No, they weren’t acquiring Jacob Nottingham, though he made my recent…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

The Braves have a catching problem and that’s pretty new. Since the mid-90’s, they could count on Javy Lopez or Brian McCann behind the plate with only Johnny Estrada separating the two. But once McCann left for the Bronx after the 2013 season, the Braves tried Evan Gattis for a year and found his ability to be a catcher nearly non-existent. Next, they handed the job to Christian Bethancourt, but the young catcher struggled with…

This Week At AtlantaBraves.About.com

I’ve been blogging at About.com since January about our favorite team. I missed some action because of a bad storm that knocked out my internet, but I’ve been getting back into the swing of things at the other blog. I think a good usage of Saturday here at WOW is to bring light to this week’s articles that you may have missed at About.com. Atlanta Braves Enter July Looking Like Sellers Many may disagree this…

Top 30 Prospects – And One More (Midseason Update)

I posted my midseason Top 30 prospects a few days ago. A couple of names in that report were not on the preseason Top 30, but were included in the “honorable mention” article that came out a week later. I went over a player at each position, with a grade, that could be a name to keep an eye on. Chances are a couple of these guys might be in the mix for the postseason…

Random Ex-Brave: Kent Mercker

The first round of the 1986 draft yielded some solid results. First, the Pirates took Jeff King, who hit 154 homeruns over a 11-year career. The Indians gobbled up University of Texas lefty Greg Swindell next. The Giants selected Matt Williams third and watched as he nearly broke the homerun record in 1994 before the strike killed his season. Selected fourth and sixth would be a pair of future Marlins in Kevin Brown and Gary…

Top 30 Prospects – Midseason Update

With many minor league All-Star Games already past us, it’s time to revisit my Top 30 prospect list. Several graduations and one player being removed from the list for housekeeping reasons have brought a good deal of change to the Top 30 before we even start. For that matter, since I published the list, the Braves added to the Top 30 with Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck. Recently, they added another player previously unranked in…