Posts for : March 2016

Recent Minor League Releases

The Braves have made a number of releases, but only Nick Swisher drew much coverage yesterday. Here’s some other cuts the Braves have made recently. These cuts have either been taken from the league transaction pages at the official sites for each minor league or a tweet shared by Bill Shanks today. Coke – Bruce Hemmelgarn/Getty P Phil Coke – A mid-spring signing, Coke’s career with the Braves was over before any of his ultra-successful…

Eric O’Flaherty: Not the Same Guy We Remember

For a run-down on the previous week, including this pick-up, the Tyler Moore trade, Justin Upton news, Mike Foltynewicz, and more, read my column from today at atlantabraves.about.com. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Many people applauded the Braves re-acquiring lefty Eric O’Flaherty on Sunday, but is there much to praise beyond just having a familiar face around? Can O’Flaherty resemble the pitcher who was so good for the Braves from 2009 until injury ended his 2013 season…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Matt Harrison

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…

TOT: Braves Sign Vinny Castilla for the First Time

Transaction of Today…March 19, 1990 – The Atlanta Braves purchased Vinny Castilla from Saltillo (Mexican). Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Don Baylor once said that he would not trade Vinny Castilla for Chipper Jones. Now…that’s probably a bunch of crap, but there was a time when Castilla – almost overnight – became a star. Of course, that was back when Coors Field made stars of guys who didn’t hit much elsewhere like Dante Bichette, Quinton McCracken, and…

TOT: 1994 Ends Prematurely for Gant

Transaction of Today…March 15, 1994 – The Atlanta Braves released Ron Gant. Bernstein Associates/Getty Images It was the end of a too-short but formidable partnership between Ronnie Gant and the Braves. About six weeks after the news that Gant suffered a catastrophic injury to his right leg after losing control of his dirt bike, Atlanta made the right business decision and paid Gant just $906,593.40 of his $5.5M contract. It was all that was required…

Braves Cut Three More Relievers

I went over this a little in today’s 5 for Monday post at my other site. Give it a read as it also touches on the rotation (especially Jhoulys Chacin), spring training stats, the 2016 draft, the road back for Jason Grilli and Mike Foltynewicz, and others odds and ends. —- Rob Carr/Getty Images The Braves continued their quick and decisive series of cuts on Monday morning, adding Matt Marksberry and Chris Withrow to the…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Brett Evert

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…