Posts for : 2018

WOW Minor League Organizational All-Stars

Today is the final day of the 2018 minor league regular season. Florida has already concluded their regular seasons while Rome, Mississippi, and Gwinnett will finish up today. Meanwhile, Rome begins a playoff series with Lexington on Wednesday. With all that in mind, here is my 2018 Minor League Organizational All-Stars. If you see a number beside the player, that represents his placement on our Midseason Top 50. Catcher – William Contreras, #12 While the…

Braves Add Another Familiar Face to Their Bench

Early during today’s Braves/Pirates game, news filtered out that Atlanta had made a trade with the Reds for the second time in less than 40 days. After trading Preston Tucker to the Reds in the Adam Duvall deal, the Braves reacquired Tucker for cash considerations. While Duvall has struggled with the Braves, the team has essentially surrendered Matt Wisler and Lucas Sims for him. Not too bad. The timing of the deal was the strangest…

“Why Lane Adams and Not Austin Riley?”

Lots of movement today as major league rosters can expand to 40 players. Of the number of moves that took place, one move and one non-move have been particularly concerning for Braves fans. Why Lane Adams and not Austin Riley? Let’s dive into this one because it is more about business than baseball. Sure, Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker will answer questions about adding Adams and it will come down to a slew of baseball-related…

Duvall’s Lacking Thunder

To say Adam Duvall has struggled since the deadline deal with the Reds is being very kind in the description of his performance. While nearly everyone agrees that the Braves sacrificed little, they have also received little in return. Aside from this week’s non-steal “steal of home,” there have been few good things to remember about Duvall’s run as a Brave to this point. In 41 plate appearances since the deal, he’s reached base safely…

The Braves Address a Weakness

The Braves today acquired 1B Lucas Duda from Kansas City for cash considerations. The Braves have struggled all year with RH pitching and needed a LH bench bat not named Ryan Flaherty. Lucas Duda hits RH pitching and is a LH bench bat. He’s also not Ryan Flaherty. So you can see the appeal. Duda’s 118 wRC+ against RHs is actually now one of the best on the team, which is why they needed to…

Transaction Tuesday: McCarthy and Moylan on Rehab

Welcome back to the increasingly infrequent Transaction Tuesday, our rundown of all of the moves from the Dominican Summer League to the majors. This week, we cover a few pitchers beginning their rehab assignments, the return of a former possible third baseman of the future, and other assorted moves. If you missed it earlier, I also covered the signing of Tyler Flowers to a contract extension. Give that a look after you read this article.…

Braves Buy More Flowers

The Atlanta Braves will bring back catcher Tyler Flowers for at least one more season after agreeing to a contract extension Tuesday. The particulars of the deal are pretty simple as reported by Jon Heyman. Flowers will receive $4 million in 2019 and the Braves hold a club option in 2020. They can either bring him back for $6 million or pay him $2M if they deny the option. The first thing that stands out…