Posts for : August 2017

Possible Theories for Dansby Playing Second

Since his demotion to the minors, Dansby Swanson‘s bat has been slow to come around. Through his first eight games, he was 6-for-30 with no extra-base hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. On Sunday night, the Gwinnett Braves tried something new – they gave him his first game away from shortstop. Not to be the DH, but to play second base – something he had yet to do professionally. Swanson responded with his first multi-hit…

A Quick Look at Something Cool Ronald Acuna Did

Ronald Acuña is quite good at baseball. If you’re unfamiliar, Acuña is a 19-year old phenom destroying competition 5+ years older than him and making his case for being the best prospect in all of baseball. I could fill several post on the greatness of Ronald Acuna but for today we’re going to get a little more specific. Actually, very specific. One pitch to be exact. Recently he did this: That’s a very impressive HR…

A Waiver Trade Match from Heaven

A homecoming for 2 former Orioles. By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr It was 3-4 days ago that Braves fans received word that Jim Johnson and R.A. Dickey were placed on revocable waivers. While they’re likely not the only players that were placed on revocable waivers, those were the 2 that made it to the mainstream media. My guess, there are at least 3 more guys that the Braves pushed out there but…

Sean Rodriguez Trade A Precursor to More?

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter It’s been a busy afternoon for the Atlanta Braves. Shortly after the surprising announcement that they had promoted Max Fried to the Show, the team announced that they had dealt utility man Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguer Connor Joe. Jace Peterson returns from Gwinnett to replace Rodriguez. Rodriguez signed on Thanksgiving last fall to the tune of $11.5 million over two seasons. At the time,…

Braves Bring Up Max Fried, But Why?

The Braves have brought up another big prospect. No, not Ronald Acuna. Nope, not Mike Soroka or Luiz Gohara. Not even A.J. Minter. Instead, the Braves have recalled Max Fried from Double-A Mississippi while sending Jason Hursh back to Gwinnett for the 18th time this season (or so). To say this move was shocking is an understatement. Fried has had a rough season in Mississippi with a 5.92 ERA and a 2-11 record, which is…

The Andrelton Simmons Trade Revisited

Chris Blessing – Follow on Twitter The many trades of John Coppolella’s still brief tenure with the Braves run the gamut between the amazing to the surprising to the occasional “don’t remind me.” And then, there is the Sean Newcomb/Andrelton Simmons trade. Sure, there were two other players in that deal – Chris Ellis and Erick Aybar – but this deal was effectively one top pitching prospect for one extra-elite glove with plenty of offensive…

The Braves Have a Corner OF Problem

The good news for Atlanta is up ahead, in the distance, you can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The young players this organization has spent the last 3 years acquiring are making their way to and through the upper minors and are slowly joining the big league club. The future is coming. The bad news for Atlanta is the past is still here. Specifically, Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp…