Posts for : May 2017

Monday Roundup: Bullpen Usage, Rotation Comparison, Missing Alex Wood

Welcome to this week’s Monday Roundup. WOW is improving in its content delivery as this weekend saw a number of articles. Going to continue the trend moving into this week. If you haven’t already, check out new contributor Ryan Cothran’s first article about BABIP. May 8: Off May 9: 8-3 LOSS at Astros Bartolo Colon was saddled with a five-run first and this game was essentially done. Colon did work into the sixth, but gave up…

Random Prospect Sunday – Kevin Josephina

The 2013 Signing Period for international players was not heralded by publications. Of the Top 30 Prospects that Baseball America profiled, none signed with the Braves – though they’d add #27, Ricardo Sanchez, later. It was a quiet collection of talent in which two of the highest paid players were a right-hander out of Panama named Frank Gil (released last July) and a smallish shortstop from Curacao named Ozzie Albies. Both Gil and Albies received…

Scouting Report: Kevin Josephina

Player: Kevin Josephina Date of Scouting Report: 5/14/17 Age: 20 in 2017 How acquired: International Free Agent in 2013 Salary: Minimum for his level Years Before Free Agency: 6 Brief Bio: It’s been a slow beginning for Josephina after signing with the Braves on the same day as the fellow switch-hitting infielder from Curacao, Ozzie Albies. He played just nine games in 2014 and 22 the following year. In 2016, He upped that to 50…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 2 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I went over the offense and if suggested a couple of quick fixes. Now, let’s look at the pitching staff. As I said in the previous article, things haven’t worked out like they were supposed to. Mike Foltynewicz currently leads the rotation in FIP and xFIP and his marks aren’t even good. All five starters are serving up homeruns at…

Saturday Stats Pack – Freeman, Krol, Ender, Bonifacio

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons 203 wRC+ I can probably make an entire article out of the absolutely insane numbers Freddie Freeman is posting, but for today, let’s focus on his Weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+. This is one of my favorite offensive stats because it combines total offensive performance, park factor, and league factors all in one easy to compare statistic. Freeman is currently one of six players…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Braves Front Office Could Use Crash-Course in BABIP

(Ryan Cothran has joined the Walk-Off Walk team and I want to thank him for his contributions – both with this article and in the future. Be sure to follow Ryan on Twitter.) It was a few days back when I dropped a tweet and, for a lack of a better term, received what seemed at the time, some scorn from someone I respect quite a bit. First off, let’s get this out of the…