Posts for : January 2018

2018 Preseason Top 50 Braves Prospects – #20-#11

A lot of Top 100’s have been rolling out of late and the Braves are well represented. In addition, organizational rankings often have Atlanta near or at the top. A big reason for that is the depth you will see in today’s ten players that are just outside our Top 10. Many of these players will replace the guys from the Top 10 that graduate by mid-season. They include top draft choices, shrewd trade acquisitions,…

Grading the Chances for the Spring Training Invitees

The Braves did something today. That is – quite frankly – shocking in this offseason that is currently known as, “Well, we traded Matt Kemp. That’s something.” While Atlanta didn’t make a move for Christian Yelich or sign Lorenzo Cain, they did announce their non-roster invitees for spring training. The 21 players represent a variety of the top minor league signings this winter, top prospects, and Danny Santana. Before we get to those players, let’s…

An Instilled Love for Braves Baseball

The Beginning of an Atlanta Braves Fan April, 1988, the birth of an Atlanta Braves fan.  A 10-year old little chubby boy (LCB) arrives home off the bus around 3:00 PM, rushes inside, grabs an Oatmeal Cream Pie, some lemon-lime Kool-aid with crushed ice, and starts pounding away at his homework. There’s a schedule to be kept here as “the gang” will also be finishing up their homework in about an hour and that’s when…

2018 Braves ZiPs + Steamer Projections

Dan Syzmborski over at Fangraphs just released his ZiPS projections for the 2018 Atlanta Braves, meaning we now have the two main projection systems, ZiPS and Steamer, available. Steamer has historically been a little more conservative in it’s projections while ZiPS a little more generous. So combining the two into one projection is usually a decent baseline for understanding the current talent level. How much value you put in to what these systems say is…

2018 Preseason Top 50 Braves Prospects – #30-#21

This week, we reach the half-way point in the Top 50 and then add a few more names. Today’s ten prospects include a pair of 2017 draftees and only one prospect originally signed by another organization. That’s a good sign because for the last couple of years, Atlanta’s best prospects were acquired in trades. However, without a pipeline of talent, acquiring talent from outside the organization will soon dry up as the team moves toward…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (9/9) – Two Great Pitchers

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…