Posts for : December 2016

Reviewing the 2016 Draft

The 2016 Draft Class was a test of the system. The Braves entered the draft with the third overall selection and six-of-the-first-109 picks, which gave them a considerable sum in bonus money to divvy out. Atlanta took a maximizing approach where they wouldn’t break the bank on their first overall pick so that they could increase the quality of subsequent selections. It worked nearly like a charm until they had to forgo signing 16th round…

Best #62 in Braves Franchise History

(Series Note: Baseball-Reference was used for a collection of players so this series is as complete as their database is. No coaches/managers were included and a number had to have at least four options to be considered with two exceptions. I started from the highest available number because as I approach #1, I’ll have much tougher decisions. For the complete series, click here.) Best #62 in Franchise History The thing about uniform numbers after 60…

Where Does the Braves Roster Sit Right Now?

After a number of moves, it might be confusing to know where the Braves stand right now with two months to go before pitchers-and-catchers report to camp. Let’s take a look at how the roster is shaping up. Rotation (in no particular order) Julio Teheran Bartolo Colon Jaime Garcia R.A. Dickey In the mix: One might think Mike Foltynewicz has the fifth starter job fairly locked up after posting a 4.24 FIP/4.18 xFIP/4.13 SIERA with…

Braves Get Tyler Pike from Mariners

November’s trade of Robert Whalen and Max Povse to the Mariners for Alex Jackson and a player to be named later is now complete. Left-hander Tyler Pike will be headed to the Braves. Presumably, the two teams had worked out a list of players the Braves would take, but Atlanta wanted to wait until the Rule 5 Draft was completed so that they wouldn’t have to concern themselves with protecting the player they wanted. Pike,…

Braves Wheel and Deal on Final Day of Winter Meetings

The final day of the Winter Meetings saw plenty of players leaving and even some coming to Atlanta. Let’s recap the moves. By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Atlanta Braves release Williams Perez The day got started with the news that the Braves were cutting Perez to open up a spot on their 40-man roster that would soon be used for a Rule 5 selection. Perez, a…

TOT – Maddux Decides Money is Nice, but Winning is Better

December 9, 1992 – The Atlanta Braves signed Greg Maddux as a free agent. After the 1992 season concluded, the 26 year-old “Professor” was at a crossroads in his career. He had reached new heights the previous season and earned his first Cy Young Award as a member of the Chicago Cubs. However, just as he was realizing his immense potential, he was also hitting free agency for the first time. The Cubs desperately wanted…

Best #63 in Braves Franchise History

(Series Note: Baseball-Reference was used for a collection of players so this series is as complete as their database is. No coaches/managers were included and a number had to have at least four options to be considered with two exceptions. I started from the highest available number because as I approach #1, I’ll have much tougher decisions.) Best #63 in Franchise History Boy, this series gets an amazing start to it. Five options to choose…