Posts by: Tommy Poe

Tommy Poe has been writing about the Atlanta Braves since he was a teenager. He has also contributed to OutfieldFlyRule.com and ran the Atlanta Braves page for About.com. He lives in Virginia with his two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and six rabbits.

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Random Prospect of the Day: J.R. Graham

Sometimes, I get middle relievers or backup catchers in this series, but today, we have one of the top prospects in the system, even if he’s a little hurt right now. J.R. Graham, was born in Livermore, California near the San Francisco Bay, and graduated from the same high school that produced Randy Johnson.  If you’re curious, the J.R. is short for Jonathan Ryan.  Graham made an immediate impression on professional scouts and the Oakland…

Unleashing the Braves’ Secret Weapons!

In the modern age of baseball statistics, everything has been counted, quantified, explained, and received interesting names like WAR.  And SIERA.  And RAR!  Sometimes, the numbers are quickly thrown to the side.  Anyone remember VORP?  Other times, they are investigated and altered to better explain the story the statistic attempts to tell. With this ease of finding information, I came to a conclusion that I believe helps to explain the success Atlanta has experienced on…

2013 Atlanta Braves Myths: Part VI & VII

Back to dispel a myth or, rather, two myths.  The first was a common answer I intended to answer.  The second came from the research as I was attempting to answer that first myth. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall behind early and has to play catch-up. 3. Atlanta can’t win if they keep striking out so much! 4. Anyone would be better than Uggla!  5. Unless…

Taking the Bait

Recently, MLB Trade Rumors spoke of trade bait for the many contenders, specifically saying that the Braves only had one notable guy who would grab the attention of other General Managers.  In the article, Marc Hulet contends that “the Braves haven’t really made the amateur draft a priority in recent years and that has hurt the organization’s depth.”  I find that fairly absurd.  Recent graduates from the amateur draft to the major leagues include Alex…

Are Innings a Concern?

You can’t avoid it.  From people harping on how inning limits are an absurd waste of time from other people warning of increased innings on young pitchers leading to worrisome injuries, there is no way to skate past talking about how many innings the young starters are throwing. For some, the concern is minimal.  After all, Tim Hudson is no longer a young man and being on pace for 198 innings after 179 last year…

Two Birds, One Stone

Frank Wren has shown a willingness to deal, deal, and deal some more at the deadline.  Twice since being named general manager of the Braves, he has pulled off what is a pretty rare feat.  Acquiring two major league talents from the same team to attempt to answer two perceived holes on your roster.  In 2010, the Braves acquired Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel to solidify the bullpen and replace the awful Nate McLouth in…

Trade Targets: Jose Veras, Matt Belisle

I have been focused on middle relievers since I started this year’s run through and guess what!  Got two more of them.  Truly, I want to fit other positions in this series, but the best value for Atlanta is in middle relief. Jose Veras After making his debut in 2006 for the New York Yankees, Veras has certainly found a variety of homes.  The Yankees traded him to the Indians in ’09 who non-tendered him…