Posts for : January 2017

TOT – Braves Break the Rules to Sign Seaver

Transaction of Today…January 29, 1966 – The Atlanta Braves drafted Tom Seaver in 1966, but pick was voided. A star at the University of Southern California, Tom Seaver would arrive in the majors in 1967 as the National League Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he would be awarded the Cy Young award in the NL. That fall, Seaver faced the Atlanta Braves in the first Championship Series to decide who would represent the…

Reviewing My 2015 Top 30 Prospects (Part 2 of 3)

Prospect lists are a snapshot in time. My biggest reason for reviewing how my Top 30 looked two years ago is in order to show that prospect lists, while fun (and certainly I love doing mine) are not meant to be the final say in who makes it or who doesn’t. They are based on perceived potential and expected results at the time. A couple of weeks ago, I began this review by touching on…

Braves Bring Back the Meds

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2013, the Atlanta Braves had finally come together. Frank Wren’s team was young – Dan Uggla was its only starter over 30. Frank Wren’s team was also very powerful and bashed 181 homers led the league. Sure, they struck out a lot, but they also scored runs in bunches. But lost in all of the feast-or-famine articles about the…

Braves Add Walk-Off Walker

Last Saturday, I wrote a post here titled “Braves Go Older, Add Boyer and Suzuki.” In it, I briefly went over how for a rebuilding team, the Braves are mighty old. I received three responses which may have all been from the same person as all were authored by “Anonymous” and I doubt it was the hacktivist group. Each reply went over the possible benefit of going younger with Adam Walker, an outfielder who had…

TOT – Braves Add Hall of Fame Lefty; Don’t Use Him

January 25, 1943 – The Boston Braves purchased Lefty Gomez from the New York Yankees for $10,000. Public Domain Vernon Louis Gomez would end his career as one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time. He won all but one of his seven World Series starts (he left his last Series start with a stomach injury after one inning). He twice led the American League in ERA and in both years captured the pitching Triple…

Braves Add Xavier Avery, Not Nady

Keith Allison via Flickr (CC by 2.0) True story. When I originally heard the Braves signed a new outfielder, my first thought was, “Xavier Nady is still around?” But that was not to be as the Braves added local product Xavier Avery to a minor league pact. The left-hand hitting outfielder just turned 27 on New Year’s Day and graduated from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, GA) back in 2008. That was when the Orioles…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #30-#21

Today, I continue my Top 50 prospects with the middle ten ranging from the #21st prospect to the #30th. Many of these prospects would be in the Top 20 of other systems, but the incredible depth of Atlanta’s farm system has them just outside my Top 20. I want to thank all of you for reading. At the bottom, you’ll find a running countdown with links to previous versions of this list. Feel free to…