Posts for : August 2017

TOT – Braves Finalize Deal for Neagle

Transaction of Today…August 30, 1996 – To complete an earlier trade on August 28, 1996, Jason Schmidt is named the player to be named later, joining Ron Wright and Corey Painter in going to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Denny Neagle. The Braves went for it all in an effort to repeat as champions. It didn’t really work out as planned, but fortunately for them, it went even worse for the team they traded with. A…

“Is Schuerholz running the club or are Hart and Coppolella running it?”

In an article for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal points to possible dissension within the Atlanta Braves front office. The article is behind a paywall so I won’t quote it word-for-word, but the general perception is that Braves general manager John Coppolella and John Hart, the President of Baseball Operations, could be in a bit of a power struggle with Team Vice Chairman – and former GM and Team President – John Schuerholz. Rosenthal cites unnamed sources…

Transaction Tuesday: Minter, Dustin Peterson, Evan Phillips

Very quiet week in transactions and a couple of major league pitchers start or continue rehab assignments while a major prospect is brought to the majors. Of course, things will get more active over the next few days as any waiver trades are completed before rosters expand for September and a number of DL’d players return. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover August 21 to August 28. A number in parenthesis…

2017 DSL Braves Review

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter The Dominican Summer League Braves were the league’s most inept club, finishing an abysmal 18-53 on the season – which looks a little worse when you consider they won their first three games of the year. Much of this was due to the aggressive placement of their best prospects from the previous July 2nd signing period. That meant no Kevin Maitan, Abraham Gutierrez, or Livan Soto. The DSL Braves…

Scouting Report – Leudys Baez

Player: Leudys Baez Date of Scouting Report: 8/27/2017 Age: 21 in 2017 How acquired: International Free Agent in 2014 Salary: Minimum for his level Years Before Free Agency: 6 Brief Bio: Originally signed back in 2012 by the Nationals, but released less than a year later without playing, Baez made his professional debut in 2015 and hammered the Appalachian League for four homers over 33 games before earning a promotion to Rome, where he struggled…

Random Prospect Sunday – Leudys Baez

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter You take a chance on raw potential. Sometimes, it never develops and other times, only a portion of the potential is transferred into game talent. But on the off chance the player starts to figure it out and more of that raw potential begins to show up in games, you will be forever grateful you took a chance on that player. In 2012, the Washington Nationals took a chance…

Dansby Swanson 2.0

Dansby Swanson is having a rough first full year in the majors. The former number one overall pick shot up through the minors last year, some say prematurely, and had quite the impressive 6-week debut with Atlanta. Combine that solid performance on the field with an already aggressive marketing campaign featuring him off the field and the 23-year-old started the 2017 season with some lofty expectations. Unfortunately for Dansby, those expectations proved to be a…