Posts for : June 2016

Random Prospect Sunday – Omar Obregon

Switch-hitting middle infielders with a good hit tool are always worth an extended look – even in a system that has both Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson. While Omar Obregon isn’t close to reaching their prospect status, he has done enough to warrant some attention as we head into the summer of the 2016. (For some pictures of Obregon, click here.) Born April 18, 1994 in Nicaragua, Obregon comes from a nation that has rarely…

2016 Draft: Day 2 Sees Braves Budget Their Funds

Yesterday, we saw the Braves make a total of eight selections to go with the four they made Thursday as part of the 2016 MLB Draft. Thursday was all about going big and manipulating the draft to their liking. Friday was a lot different as the Braves picked seven college kids from a variety of programs along with one high school player. Not only did they grab a a lot of college guys, their final five…

The Braves Draft All the Pitchers

Let’s be honest. Yesterday’s first two rounds of the 2016 MLB draft were weird. For all of the talk about the Braves’ interest in outfielders Kyle Lewis and Corey Ray, along with pitchers Jason Groome and Riley Pint, the Braves played the long game instead. The slot bonus era has its advantages, but one of its disadvantages is that it rewards teams going “cheaper” with their top pick to spread out funds elsewhere. The Braves…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #1

Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 The  Best Draft Since 2000…The 2000 Draft By Keith Allison from Kinston, USA (Kelly Johnson) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Earlier today, I went over the 2001 draft, which I labeled the worst since 2000. What made that draft so frustrating was…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #1

Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 The Worst Draft Since 2000…The 2001 Draft Anthony Lerew | By RCSmith84 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons How important is it to hit on your draft choices? In 2001, the Atlanta Braves had six picks in the first…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

On this 2016 Draft Eve, here is my pick for the second best draft since 2000. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 2nd Best Draft Since 2000 – The 2002 Draft Keith Allison via Flickr (No Changes) (Creative Commons) It was a perfect storm for the Braves. Two years…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

With the 2016 draft tomorrow, it’s time to get to the end of this series. Just three more articles remain after this one. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 2nd Worst Draft Since 2000 – The 2011 Draft  Gilmartin | By Kaotate [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons…