Posts for : May 2016

Braves “Steal” A Draft Choice

Credit: Keith Allison via FlickrCreative Commons “A steal.” That’s what ESPN’s Keith Law called the deal in which the Braves acquired lefthander Brian Matusz and the 76th overall pick of the 2016 draft for pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek. I don’t always agree with Law, but on this one, he nails it right on the head. This was such a no brainer for the Braves you have to wonder what exactly the Orioles were…

Transaction Tuesday: Shae, Yepez, Minter, Banuelos

Many apologies for disappearing over the last week. A slew of other commitments propped up and pushed many of the things I enjoy – like this blog – to the side as I tried to be an adult. I hope to address many of the things I missed over the coming days like Fredi Gonzalez‘s dismissal, yesterday’s trade with the Orioles, and continue my recap of the 5 Best and 5 Worst Drafts since 2000.…

Foltynewicz giving the Braves a Lift

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons How good was Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday? His second-best four-seam fastball in velocity came in the 8th inning (97.28 mph). His sinker never wavered in movement throughout the night. He had confidence in all five of his pitches, using each over the final two innings. And while it deserves to be said that the Royals offense is not that good right now, Foltynewicz made them…

Braves Monday Roundup – Rome Goes 19, Soroka, Youth Movement

Welcome to the second Braves Monday Roundup. This series was supposed to be a way to recap the week in short fashion while freeing up Monday for a more focused look at a player or whathaveyou at my other blog, where I used to post weekly 5 for Monday articles. However, as I mentioned a few times this week, my other blog will be no more. About.com has restructured and the About Sports department got…

Random Prospect Sunday – Steve Janas

Pitch to contact. It can be a dangerous path to the majors as it puts the pitcher in the unenviable position of relying on his fielders to step up and make plays. Further, it puts a manager in an uncomfortable position of knowing that when there is less-and-two outs and a runner on third, the chance that runner scores is increased simply by the pitcher on the mound not having the capability of putting the…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack – Peterson, Swanson, Didder, Bird

Dustin Peterson > D.J. Peterson with .383 wOBA It’s exceedingly early, but for the first times in their respective professional careers, the younger Peterson is outproducing his much-heralded older brother at the plate. Dustin really struggled at Carolina last year, though considering his age and the difficulty with hitting in the Carolina League, maybe he should have been given a mulligan. Further, the improvements that he did make were not given much coverage. After 1-in-5…

Braves Saturday Stats Pack – Markakis, Teheran, Vizzy

This article used to be a staple of my time at AtlantaBraves.About.com, but with my contract with the company ending – and their sports department being blown up – I’ll continue the series here. Homers < Wins Over the history of baseball, winning more games than you homer is not a grand accomplishment. After all, before the introduction of smaller ballparks, expansion, and the realization that chicks dig the long ball, homeruns were not celebrated…