Posts for : April 2018

Ozzie Albies, Power, and Ceilings

Understanding what type of player a prospect will become is one of, if not the, most important parts of baseball. Scouts, analysts, draft gurus, bloggers, executives all spend large chunks of their time projecting young players into major leaguers. We look at raw, unpolished talent and somehow forecasting what that player will look like 6-8 years down the road. We look at bodies and we look at frames. Further, we look at current tools, project…

Statcasting: Sean Newcomb vs. Rockies

In early March of 2017, Outfield Fly Rule’s Andy Harris did a composite list of Atlanta Braves prospect rankings. There were the big boys like Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, and Keith Law. Then there were the more fan-based rankings like Talking Chop, Tomahawk Take, and even Harris. Also included in that last category – me. At the time, Walk-Off Walk was a one-man operation and I did a complete Top 50. When it came…

WOW Book of the Month: Ballplayer (1/4)

From the dry writing of John Schuerholz last month to the exciting retelling of Chipper Jones’ career, we open the April Book of the Month – “Ballplayer.” With the help of former Atlanta-Journal Constitution writer, Carroll Rogers Walton, “Ballplayer” is more gripping than I figured it would be. Most of the time, if you read one player’s autobiography, you’ve read them all. They are whitewashed and focus more on highlights over real substance. Chipper doesn’t…

Flaherty vs Camargo – A Scrimmage for Third

Winning is addicting and lately, the Braves have been doing a lot of it. Their bats are hot, bases are loaded and pitching is on point. With so much success and excitement surrounding how the Braves have been playing lately, there is a dilemma on the horizon. When Ryan Flaherty came on the scene right before the season started, most people didn’t know all that much about him and the type of performance he would…

Gwinnett Stripers 2018 Preview

Triple-A. I’ve nearly made it to the big time. After crushing it with Rome, Florida, and Mississippi, I’ve joined Gwinnett to preview this final roster. It’s kind of exciting. Unlike the other three squads, Gwinnett didn’t play yesterday. Their first game as the “Stripers” happens this evening at 7:05 in Norfolk. Go ahead and get your stripper jokes out of your system and let’s take a look at the roster. Pitchers: Kolby Allard, Jesse Biddle,…

Mississippi Braves 2018 Roster Analysis

Yesterday, I looked at the Rome Braves and Florida Fire Frogs rosters. Both Rome and Florida followed by winning their season openers. I feel as if I must have played some small part in that. Management might be rushing me up the ladder before I’m ready, but here we are in Mississippi ready to look at their roster. Mississippi played without my expert review yesterday, defeating the Tennessee Smokies. Pitchers: Corbin Clouse, Max Fried, Josh…

Florida Fire Frogs 2018 Roster Analysis

Earlier this afternoon, I looked at the opening day roster for the Rome Braves. I did well with that and was promoted up a level. Let’s focus on Year 2 of the Florida Fire Frogs. Even more so than the Rome roster, Florida’s collection of players is a direct result of a more restrained approach by the Alex Anthopoulos regime with players. Remember than Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka skipped Florida last year? None of…