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 to go big this July. Kevin Maitan, the prize of the international signing class, has been a target of Atlanta’s for a long time now, but he’s probably just the tip of the iceberg in what will be a huge international showing by the Braves. Read more.
Are the Atlanta Braves Tanking? That All Depends
…Is it fair to label a rebuilding project “tanking?” And what really is tanking? Is it the systematic effort to be awful for future gains in draft picks and payroll because, if not, can we really say that’s what the Braves are doing? My deeper look into the subject pushes me to come to this resolution – the Braves are just being smart. Read more.
Who Are the Atlanta Braves’ Top 5 Prospects?
…I ranked prospects from #50 to #6 here, but with the Top 5, I jumped to the other blog with deeper analysis on all five. Process of elimination means that the Top 5 is some mix of Ozhaino Albies, Kolby Allard, Aaron Blair, Sean Newcomb, and Dansby Swanson – but where do they rank? Read more.
3 Things About Gordon Beckham
…In more cross promotional connections between here and AtlantaBraves.About.com, the 3 Things series is a more biographical component to the Scouting Report series here. A few days ago, I posted Beckham’s Scouting Report here on the same day as I posted 3 Things. Relive his college days where Beckham looked like a world beater, his short minor league career, and a major league career in which his first major league experience was also his best. Read more.
Jeff Francoeur Serves as Cautionary Tale
…One of the more talked-about signings of the offseason for the Braves may have been their final one. This week, the Braves brought “Frenchy” back on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. His return gives us a moment to take stock in how prospects will break your heart and even when they don’t, it takes time. Read more.
Atlanta Braves Looking for Answers in the Rotation
…After reading this article, you can name three different starting staffs the Braves could technically go with in 2016 and never repeat a name. Julio Teheran is at the front and Bud Norris and Matt Wisler seem like they will be joining him, but the rest of the rotation is completely up in the air. Manny Banuelos, Mike Foltynewicz, Ryan Weber, and Williams Perez lead returning starters while Blair, Newcomb, and Tyrell Jenkins lead youngsters looking for a shot. And then, there is the minor league free agents like Jhoulys Chacin and Kyle Kendrick. The list is seemingly never ending. Read more.
Babe Ruth Comes Back to Boston as a Brave
…Typically, I do Transactions of Today here (and did one today about Jack Quinn), but when it comes to the Great Bambino, things are always a wee bit different. 81 years ago, Ruth joined the Braves after a bitter end with the Yankees. While Boston had hoped Ruth would be a big boost at the ticket counter, he was just a shell of his former self at this point and aside from magical May day, people were no longer seeing the Sultan of Swat. Read more.
That’s it. Hoping this week will continue to be free enough for me to write another group of articles.