Posts for : July 2017

Thoughts on my Braves #13 Prospect

Jeff Morris. Follow on Twitter When asked to do a Braves top-50 prospect list, I thought I’d find it overwhelming as 50 is a chunk of dudes to rank. I felt like it’d be a stretch to find that many guys that I’d believe in that could become useful Major Leaguers. I was very wrong on the latter point as I found it hard to narrow my selection down to 50 as empathy struck me…

Monday Recap: Sweep, Buying/Selling, Early Freeman at 3B Metrics

Welcome to this week’s quick Monday Recap. With just three games to review because of the All-Star Break, we won’t have to spend too much time on them. Want to point out a few things before we look back at the week that just concluded. We posted our Midseason Top 50 Prospects last week with contributors Ryan Cothran and Stephen Tolbert pitching in. Ryan’s been with WOW for awhile now, but Tolbert recently joined. He’s…

The Great Run Differential Debate

As the Braves polished off the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Dan Szymborski took to twitter. Things quickly went nutty from there. Braves are at .500! With a similar run differential to the Mets, White Sox, Pirates, and Angels. So…yeah… — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 16, 2017 Ignoring the “So…yeah…” at the end, the tweet is accurate. With a run differential of -34, the Braves are reasonably close in run differential with the Mets (-40),…

Random Prospect Sunday – Brett Cumberland

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one?’” – Bill Dickey Twenty-two year-old Brett Cumberland could play other positions. He has in him the potential to hit extremely well and that can…

Should Atlanta Trade Ozzie Albies?

Grant McAuley – Follow on Twitter – used with permission As hopefully all of you know, the Braves are rebuilding. In the details, all rebuilds look different. Some focus on bats, some focus on arms, the players moved are different, the players acquired are different, timelines change, etc. But zoomed out, all rebuilds follow the same path. Trade present assets for future assets, become very bad, build your system back up, get decent, trade future…

Saturday Stats Pack: Catching, Atlanta’s Non-Manager, Acuna’s Exploits

Johan Camargo‘s Shocking Season Camargo started at shortstop Friday night and singled once in three trips to the plate. His average actually dropped a tad to .327 in the process. That’s how’s Camargo’s surprising rookie campaign has gone to this point. Over 40 games, the switch-hitter has on-based .355 due to just a 4.5% walk rate but has shown new-found pop to keep his slugging a shade under .500. His numbers are remarkably similar to…

Sean Newcomb, Rich Hill, and Spin Rates

Chris Blessing – Follow on Twitter As we’ve entered the Statcast era of baseball analytics, we now have the ability to look at specific parts of the game with much more clarity. We can quantify how hard a player hits the ball, what angle the ball comes off the bat, how many feet a center-fielder covers to make a play, how quick his first step was and on and on and on. Among these new…