Posts for : January 2017

The Top 10 Braves Not in the Hall of Fame

Last Wednesday, the 2017 Hall of Fame class was announced with first timer Ivan Rodriguez joining Jeff Bagwell and long-overdue Tim Raines as the latest inductees into Cooperstown. It got me thinking – who are the best Braves not in the Hall? And why just think it when I can attempt to quantify it? Hence, today’s list of the top ten Braves to be shut out of Cooperstown. To be clear – this list isn’t…

Braves Go Older, Add Boyer and Suzuki

This tweet is pretty fair. The Braves really confuse me, they haven’t done anything that really undermines the rebuild, but damn that roster is old for a rebuilder. — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 21, 2017 Yes, the roster continues to age as the Braves sign catcher Kurt Suzuki and right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer. The latter was announced a few days ago and is a minor league pact with a spring training invite. Suzuki’s contract calls…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #42-#31

Last week, I began my Top 50 prospects and almost immediately, the Atlanta Braves swung a deal for more prospects. So…thanks for that, John Coppolella. I kid, but the trade forced me to change my Top 50 to a Top 52 as both players acquired jumped right into the list with one appearing in today’s portion. To get me back on track, today’s part of the list will be supersized to a dozen. Short of…

Scouting Report – Aaron Blair

Player: Aaron Blair Date of Scouting Report: 1/16/17 Position: Pitcher Bats: Right Throws: Right Age: 25 on 5/26/17 How Acquired: Traded from Arizona (12/15) Salary: Unknown Years Before Free Agency: 6 Years Before Arbitration: 3 By Editosaurus (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons Brief Bio: The 36th overall selection of the 2013 draft out of Marshall, Blair became a hot prospect after a 2014 campaign that saw him log 154 innings with 171 strikeouts as…

Scouting Report – Jesse Biddle

Player: Jesse Biddle Date of Scouting Report: 1/14/17 Position: Pitcher Bats: Left Throws: Left Age: 25 in 2017 How Acquired: Claimed off waivers (PIT, 3/19/16) Salary: Unknown Years Before Free Agency: 5 Years Before Arbitration: 2 Brief Bio: A former first rounder of the Phillies, the Philadelphia-native became a top prospect in their system before struggles in 2014 at the Double-A level soured some on him. Before that year, he garnered Top 100 Prospect love…

Reviewing My 2015 Top 30 Prospects (Part 1 of 3)

Recently, I released the first ten players who made this year’s Walk-Off Walk Top 50 Prospects. Of course, the Braves followed by adding two more prospects to the mix, but I forgive them. As I originally said about my prospect list, releasing these lists is a mix of talent, results, and hope. The hope comes in big when you look back at a list in a few years. Projection is one thing, but can they…

Braves Add Micah Johnson to the Mix

Keith Allison via Flickr CC 2.0 Last night, I read that Micah Johnson had been designated for assignment and immediately, my first thought was that he might make for a good target. Before I attempted to pen an article or send out a few tweets on the subject, I thought better of it. After all, is he that different from Jace Peterson? Well, the Braves clearly liked him because today, they acquired the young speedster…