Posts for : 2017

WOW’s Top 10 Left-Handed Starting Prospects

The news the other day definitely hurt the prospect depth the Braves had built over the years, but not all is lost. For instance, this list, which we voted on and compiled before Black Tuesday, remained completely intact. Certainly, John Coppolella’s legacy took another hit as prospects left the team in droves due to illegal signings. Before that, though, one thing we associated with the now disgraced former general manager was how the Braves were…

TOT – Warren Spahn Leaves the Braves

Transaction of Today…November 23, 1964 – The New York Mets purchase Warren Spahn from the Milwaukee Braves. It was the kind of move that probably shouldn’t happen. A player whose baseball identity is so intertwined with one franchise shouldn’t spend a year playing elsewhere to close out his career. But, in 1965, there was Warren Spahn pitching in Shae Stadium. He was dressed in the home whites of the Mets. That kind of thing should…

An Early Atlanta Braves Rule 5 Preview

 (Pic of Max Pentecost courtesy of Thomson200 via Wikipedia Commons) Before the storm of Tuesday, the Braves had some roster decisions to make in preparation for the Rule 5 draft in December. If you need a refresher, the Rule 5 draft is a way to ensure that teams don’t hoard prospects. Teams get four-to-five years to decide whether or not a player should be placed on their 40-man roster. If the answer is no, depending…

Are the Reactions to Yesterday Overblown?

Before yesterday happened, I mentioned to Tommy and Ryan that I really didn’t think what was happening to Atlanta was all that terrible and I thought I could make a compelling case they are actually better off in the long run. I even started writing said post. Then yesterday happened and I almost deleted the thing from my hard drive. If you somehow missed it, Braves lost 13 players, a 3rd round pick and basically…

Braves Get the Hammer

Today…lived up to the fears of the Atlanta Braves and their fans. Thirteen players, some of which were top prospects, are now free agents. A draft choice in the upcoming draft has been lost. Further sanctions will hamper the Braves’ ability to sign international free agents. To sum up, the day was miserable and things are still looking pretty good. Let’s unpack it all. During the first signing period after the Atlanta Braves shifted to…

Alex Anthopoulos Makes His First Moves

The Atlanta Braves knew that Monday was going to be eventful, but there were still plenty of surprises. Perhaps the biggest one came in the form of what didn’t happen. After rumors spread that Monday would be the day the hammer came down on Atlanta in the wake of the Coppy scandal, fans were frustrated to find out it wasn’t coming after all. That might change on Tuesday as MLB is apparently going to get in…

The Poison of Ground Balls Visualized

In the ongoing effort to understand the fly ball revolution sweeping across baseball, sometimes the easiest method is simply looking at the detriment of ground balls. Even players who, overall, are successful at hitting the ball in the air have periods throughout a season where they hit the ball on the ground. And looking at what those periods do their production can drive home the point. So what I’ve done here is selected a few…