Posts for : February 2017

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #5-#1

Here it is. The top five prospects of this year’s Top 50. The elite of the elite, the best of the best, the cliche of the clicheiest (sp?). These are five players who all belong in each Top 100 countdown of the best prospects in the game. Suffice it to say, it’s really hard to overhype this group. Before I get to that, some sad news. The Top 50 has already seen a player get…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Bullpen

Read previous Spring Roster Battles Previews Fifth Starter The bullpen was decent enough in the first half for the Atlanta Braves, but in the second half, it took off. As a team, they had a FIP of 3.48 in 264.2 innings in the second half. Luck may have played a role as their xFIP was nearly a run higher. That is a result, I believe, of less-than-stellar walk totals and an unsustainable 6% HR/FB rate. Regardless,…

Braves Acquire Brandon Phillips for Practically Nothing

By Rdikeman (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Cincinnati Reds spent the offseason trying to find a new home for Brandon Phillips. They nearly sent him to Atlanta in January, but Phillips balked at the deal. He wanted further assurances that his no-trade protection would be respected even as a trade would typically negate any 10/5 conditions – or 10 years in the majors, 5 years with the same team. In the end,…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Fifth Starter

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Football’s done (sorry Falcons fans) and that means one glorious thing – baseball is just around the corner. In fact, in a few days, the Atlanta Braves will open spring training as pitchers and catchers report followed by the rest of the team. With all the negative in the world, spring training is a beautiful thing as it’s impossible to not be a little optimistic.…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #10-#6

Just ten prospects to go in this year’s Top 50. This week, I will cover the bottom half of the Top Ten. It’s difficult to not repeat yourself when talking about these ridiculously talented young pitchers the Braves have. Four of them make today’s list and none of them can go legally buy alcohol yet. All have off-the-charts stuff with a breaking pitch that can buckle the knees of opposing hitters. Once again, it’s a…

Send Me An Angel

By Eltiempo10 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons Was that title enough of an earworm or is it too obscure? If so, I’m perhaps older than I thought. The Atlanta Braves have more depth heading into 2017 than they did in either of the last two seasons, but the bench still needs work. The addition of Sean Rodriguez definitely helps as it likely means either Rodriguez or Jace Peterson will be on the bench on…

Braves Add Lefties Kirkman and Brothers

The Braves keep adding players to the mix as they look to add depth and this week added left-hand relievers Michael Kirkman and Rex Brothers. Will these two play a role for the 2017 Braves? Let’s start with Kirkman. Thirty years-old, Kirman was originally a fifth rounder by Texas all the way back in 2005. Five years later, Kirman made it to the majors with a reputation for mid-90’s heater with sinking action and fairly…