Posts for : July 2017

Braves Trade Garcia for Options

And we’re off. Trading season has begun and the Atlanta Braves and GM John Coppolella fired their first shot Monday afternoon trading LHP Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins for, well, for flexibility. Officially the trade is Garcia and C Anthony Recker for RHP Huascar Ynoa and some cash. But Ynoa is a 19 year-old pitcher with 5.26 ERA and a 12% walk rate. He did have some pedigree before he signed and Fangraphs threw a…

Jim Johnson’s High-Leverage Problems

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons On Sunday, Jim Johnson entered to pitch the tenth inning with the scored tied at 4-4. The Atlanta Braves had just made one of the most improbable comebacks of the season. Kenley Jansen, tasked with preserving a 4-1 lead in the ninth, ultimately gave up a three-run bomb to Matt Adams. It was the first blown save of the year…

Touki’s Turning the Corner

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter All season, there have been two competing observations when it comes to Touki Toussaint. On one side, you had people looking at his ERA, which has been above 5 for most of the season, which prompted people to lose some of their patience in the young kid with the electric arm. They saw a 2-9 record and grew tired of waiting for Toussaint to live up to the hype.…

One Thing to Watch with Mike Soroka

The Atlanta Braves have hitched their rebuild to starting pitching. Whatever you think of that strategy, that’s what they’ve done and they’ve littered their farm system with the best collection of arms in baseball. And in a system that’s stacked with so much pitching talent, there may be none more talented than RH Mike Soroka. Soroka was taken in the 1st round (28th pick) of the 2015 draft and almost immediately made it known that…

Danville Braves Observations From a Dramatic Double Header

On Wednesday evening, I got out of the house for a change and drove the 50 or so minutes to get to American Legion Post 325 Field for a doubleheader between the Greenville Astros and Danville Braves. The Braves won the first game – an exciting affair that ended with a runner gunned down at the plate and a near-fight. The nightcap was lost 2-1 in extra innings. I had some thoughts. Danville’s WOW Midseason…

Transaction Tuesday: What a Week It Was!

It was a very eventful week for the Atlanta Braves’ system so no dilly-dallying. Let’s dive in. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover July 10 to July 17. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason WOW Top 50. Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter Atlanta Activated: Sean Rodriguez…From a possibility to miss the season to making his Braves debut on July 17. Say what you will about the…

So Let’s Talk About Dansby Swanson

Wikimedia Commons Baseball is hard. I flamed out around T-ball so I really can’t imagine how hard major league baseball is. I know far more players fail at it than succeed so players struggling shouldn’t ever really surprise us, especially young players. It should be obvious but Aaron Judge is an outlier. The problem is we’ve had guys like Judge and Bellinger and Correa and Seager come up recently and light the world on fire…