Posts for : February 2016

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Jose Peraza

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

I’ve posted a lot of articles at my AtlantaBraves.About.com link as things start to get more active with spring training beginning. Here’s a comprehensive list of the articles over the last week or so. All article links open to a new tab/window. Braves Plan to Spend Big, but Not On Veteran Players …Instead of pooling their funds together for a big free agent splash, the Atlanta Braves might be in the act of simply waiting…

TOT – Jack Quinn is One of Baseball’s Strangest Stories

Transaction of Today…February 27, 1914 – Jack Quinn jumped from the Boston Braves to the Baltimore Terrapins. Jack QuinnTranscendental Graphics/Getty Images If you have never heard of Jack Quinn before today, you’re missing out considerably. We know for sure that wasn’t his real name, though it’s difficult to say what exactly was. We know he was born sometime in the 1880’s, though his baseball-reference accepted birth date of July 1, 1883 might be the earliest…

Thursday Throwback – Like Dexter Fowler, Rafael Furcal Looked Like a Done Deal

Typically, the Thursday Throwback is related to a random player and his time with the Braves. However, in light of Dexter Fowler‘s stunning decision to pass on the Baltimore Orioles and sign with the Chicago Cubs, I felt it was a perfect time to remember when a similar event kind of happened to the Braves. And bonus – it was far more ugly than just disagreeing about contract particulars. Joe Robbins/Getty Images I’ve referenced Frank…

TOT: Braves Settle for Anderson

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Transaction of Today…February 24, 2009 – The Atlanta Braves signed Garret Anderson as a free agent. Was my dislike of Project GAnderson (don’t ask how he got that moniker) ever really rational? No, it wasn’t. In any other offseason, Anderson’s signing would have been a fine low-cost attempt at grabbing lightening in a bottle. But in the trying winter of 2009, Anderson was no consolation prize – he was the final nail…

Scouting Report – Gordon Beckham

Jim McIssac/Getty Images Player: Gordon Beckham Date of Scouting Report: 2/23/16 Age: 29 How acquired: Free Agent, 12/2/15 Salary: $1.25M Years Left: 1 Brief Bio:  8th overall pick of the 2008 draft, Beckham has never lived up to the promise aside from his first year ,when he had a .190 ISO and 2.3 fWAR in 103 games. It still remains the only year he has posted a wRC+ above 90 and he has a triple…

TOT – Braves Bring Back Avery

Transaction Of Today…February 22, 2000 – The Atlanta Braves signed Steve Avery as a free agent. Long before the name Steve Avery was synonymous with a Netflix show, the name brought up visions of a lefthander with the kind of potential we only dream of. It may also make you think of how quick that potential can disappear into disappointment. Credit: Harry How/GettyThat looks uncomfortable The third overall selection of the 1988 draft, Avery was…