Posts for : April 2016

Transaction Tuesday: Gant, Lien, Sobotka

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. Gwinnett…

Random Prospect Sunday – Steve Rodriguez

(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, we get both a hitter and the bread-and-butter of this series, a catcher. Here’s the rest of…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack

Each Saturday, I try to focus on a collection of interesting minor league stats that caught my eye to serve as a companion to the major league version of this series at my other site, atlantabraves.about.com. This week is difficult because I only have two games to post about for each team, but I will not let that stop me from bringing the knowledge. Gwinnett – 5 walks It didn’t take long for Mike Foltynewicz…

Everything That is Right With Baseball

Ah, the opening week of the season. No matter how pessimistic one can be, you have to take a little vacation from the feelings of dread and disappointment to entertain the possibilities of what a new season means. I’ve loved baseball since I was a little tot. My father was an usher at the local minor league stadium and even though I wasn’t good at it, I absolutely adored the sport. As I grew older,…

Carolina Mudcats 2016 Preview

Swanson’s a Mudcat in 2016Rob Carr/Getty Images Yesterday, I previewed the Rome Braves roster, which is full of prospects throughout. Today’s team, the Carolina Mudcats, is not quite as impressive from a prospect standpoint, though the franchise’s top prospect will start there. There are some good prospects throughout this team, though. Staff – Rocket Wheeler (Manager), Jose Mota (Coach), Carlos Mendez (Hitting), Derrick Lewis (Pitching) -Since 2003, Wheeler has been managing Braves affiliates with his…

Rome Braves 2016 Preview

Not only was yesterday opening day for the Atlanta Braves, but minor league rosters for 2016 were finally released.. Let’s start with Rome and work our way up the ladder. Staff – Randy Ingle (Manager), Jose Yepez (Coach), Bobby Moore (Hitting), Dan Meyer (Pitching) …Ingle is a fixture in Rome and this year marks the tenth consecutive here for him and 25th overall year as a manager in the Braves’ system. Yepez is getting his…

Even More Minor League Releases by the Braves

Michael Bourn and Emilio Bonifacio were notably cut from the team today, something I blogged about here. But they weren’t alone. Scores of minor leaguers have gotten pink slips over the last few days. Less than a week ago, I profiled many of the Braves farmhands that became free agents after being cut by the Braves. Let’s look at some more that are looking for work now after being released by the Braves. P Dustin…