Posts for : August 2015

Random Prospect Sunday – Kyle Kinman

One of five All-Stars this season for the Rome Braves, Kyle Kinman quickly earned a promotion and then another one and in his second season, Kinman is with the Mississippi Braves. It pays to throw left-handed with skill. I like to point out what happened with the Braves on the day these prospects were born because I’m a wee bit of a nerd that way. On September 25, 1990, Kinman joined the world in Omaha,…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack

Last week, I began a series I hope to continue next season that runs as a companion to my Saturday Stats Pack article I try to post weekly at About.com. This series looks at one player for each minor league affiliate that I find a bit interesting. Sometimes, it’s less the player and more the team as the first entry will point out. Gwinnett – Cedric Hunter Hardly a spring chicken, Hunter was originally a…

Random Ex-Brave: Freddy Garcia

His career with the Braves lasted just 27.1 regular season innings, but Freddy Garcia humorously became a part of Braves lore by uttering a simple statement. “I just make pitch.” Yes, Freddy, that you do. Stephen Dunn | Getty Images Garcia originally arrived in the majors in 1999 for a Seattle pitching staff that was still looking for answers in the post-Randy Johnson world. Speaking of the Big Unit, that’s how Garcia joined the Mariners…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – The Indies Revisited

As a part of this little series of mine, I look at former Braves in the independent leagues. Some of these guys may surprise you. Let’s take a late season look at who is still kicking it for plays like Bridgeport and Sioux Falls. As I did last time, I’ll just report on players I find by league rather than by team and if there’s anything interesting to add, I’ll do just that. American Association…

Random Prospect Sunday – Mallex Smith

When I reviewed the trade that sent outfielder Justin Upton to San Diego, I wrote this about outfielder Mallex Smith. “There are some who love him, some who aren’t super impressed. I’m part of the latter group. I acknowledge he’s a decent enough prospect and might be a better player than I right now feel he’s capable of.” Stacy Revere | Getty Images Sport I later came around on him a little to rank him…

Braves Add Another Ex-Yankee

Among the many front office additions last offseason was Gordon Blakely, who had been a Farm Director with the Yankees along with Vice President of Pro Scouting. His focus was on the international market where his input went into making the final decisions on players such as Robinson Cano and Orlando Hernandez. So, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that the Braves have acquired a number of Yankees since. The Manny Banuelos trade where the Braves…

Saturday Stats Pack – Minor League Edition

Just in time for the end of the minor league seasons is the beginning of another series here at Walk-Off Walk. Similar to my Saturday Stats Pack that is semi-regularly added to my About.com blog is this Minor League Stats Pack updated here at WOW. Each week, I’ll focus in on one player per level and something I find interesting about their numbers. Simple enough, no? Let’s take a look at this week’s report. Gwinnett…