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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Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 2 of 3)

Relief Pitchers (continued) Eric O’Flaherty 2013 Salary: $4,320,000 2014 Status: Free Agent For four years, O’Flaherty had proven himself to be a stellar left-hand option out of the bullpen, most noticeably during a tremendous 2011 run where he finished with an 0.98 ERA over 73.2 innings.  However, with his velocity down and pain increasing, O’Flaherty hit the DL and the news was delivered that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and his season was over. …

One Frank Would Like to Forget

On June 3rd, 2009, Frank Wren was in a panic.  The Braves were finishing a rough opening 52 games that saw them end the day at 26-26.  Jordan Schafer, who opened the season with a tremendous series against the Phillies, was hurt and his level of performance was reaching new lows.  He had just been placed on the DL and Gregor Blanco had been called up.  An offensive boost was needed for a team that…

Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 1 of 3)

With Atlanta reaching the All-Star Break, the Braves have a lot to be thankful for.  A four-day break to hopefully get some of their outfielders healthy is chief among them.  In addition, it allows them the opportunity to evaluate the stock of their roster in preparation for trade considerations.  Today, I start a similar effort and over the next three days, we will go over 37 players, 35 who have played this season and two more that…

Trade Targets: Javier Lopez, Joe Thatcher, Francisco Rodriguez

Time to keep looking at the bullpen and the possibilities there.  The other day, I talked about the prospect of trading for Oliver Perez and today, let’s continue with a three pack of pitchers that the Braves could be looking at.  Though, considering the way the series with the Reds has gone thus far, maybe the Braves focus should be in the outfield. Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants No, not that Javy Lopez.  Sorry ladies.  Lopez…

Random Prospect of the Day: Jose Peraza

It’s Sunday and that means we get to know a random prospect in the system.  Alternating pitchers and position players, we get one of the latter and this one could be a top prospect if he continues to produce. Originally signed out of Venezuela, Jose Peraza is a 19 year-old who has been playing professionally since 2011, a year after signing as an international prospect.  A right-hand hitting and throwing shortstop, the teenager was one of…

No Ace In the Hole

St. Louis has Adam Wainwright.  For the Dodgers, there is Clayton Kershaw.  And while the Braves got to him on Thursday night, the Reds do have Mat Latos and also, No-Hitter Homer Bailey.  Chasing Atlanta, the Nationals have Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg.   But the Atlanta Braves don’t have an ace.  I don’t use that phrase as a cliche.  Atlanta lacks the number one pitcher who matches up with an opposing team’s number one. …

Trade Target: Oliver Perez

Over the next few weeks, the Atlanta Braves will likely be attached to just about every bullpen-for-hire talent on the market.  The good money is on the Braves making a trade regardless of how well their bullpen has actually pitched.  Relying on Anthony Varvaro, Luis Ayala, David Carpenter, and Alex Wood at the back-end of the bullpen is worrisome.  While Atlanta has reason to feel confidence with the rest of the pen, you can’t overuse…