Posts for : April 2016

Transaction Tuesday: Sims, Marksberry, Kinman

I’m going to try something new this season and that’s keeping up with minor league transactions. Every Tuesday, I’ll take a look at each level to go over some of the moves and provide analysis. If this is the kind of thing that interest you, let me know. Apologies that this was released so late today. Planning for a 5 year-old birthday’s party takes a lot out of you. I will not include any of…

Welcome to the Show, Aaron Blair!

If you haven’t heard by now, where have you been? It’s Aaron Blair Day at Turner Field as the young righty becomes the first Top 5 Braves prospect to make his debut in 2016. It seemed likely after his last outing where he tossed seven no-hit innings with a walk, but we learned last night it would be Blair and not Mike Foltynewicz who would replace Williams Perez in the rotation. Was it the right…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack (4/23/16)

Time for another Saturday Stats Pack, minor league edition. Please remember to check out the major league version which looks at the Atlanta Braves’ lack of power so far, pinch-hitting woes, and whether Matt Wisler is Shelby Miller 2.0. Gwinnett – 8 players In the early going this season, the Gwinnett Braves have used 31 players to play just 16 games. A 32nd pitches tonight in Lucas Sims. He’ll become the 9th player to play…

Transaction Tuesday: Foltynewicz, Toscano, Kinman

I’m going to try something new this season and that’s keeping up with minor league transactions. Every Tuesday, I’ll take a look at each level to go over some of the moves and provide analysis. If this is the kind of thing that interest you, let me know. For this week, I am going to ignore the moves to set the opening day roster and simply focus on releases and moves because of injuries/promotions. Review…

Random Prospect Sunday – Lucas Sims

(A little note on this series. On Sundays throughout the season, a player will be chosen at random using the helpful website, random.org. The goal of this series is to talk about both big prospects and organizational filler rather than focus completely on the Top 20 prospects in the system. I alternate pitchers and hitters and this week, I focus on a pitcher with a high ceiling. Here’s the rest of this series.) Rob Carr/Getty…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack (4/16/16)

In this week’s Saturday Stats Pack, I take a look at the continued improvement from a third baseman prospect who languished last year, a starter making his return from double knee surgery, and a converted shortstop on who is on fire. Remember to check out this week’s major league Saturday Stats Pack where I looked at Nick Markakis‘s tear last week, Jhoulys Chacin‘s debut, and some team stats related to the early struggles this year.…

Thursday Throwback – David Ross

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images (For my take on Hector Olivera, click here.) Backup catchers are sort of like backup quarterbacks. You might think spending money on one is a waste of resources until you need him to be there and produce. When that happens, you are happy that you had the foresight to get the best possible backup. For four years, David Ross fulfilled that role for the Atlanta Braves and they are still trying to…