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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Not-So-Random Prospect of the Day – Aaron Northcraft

When someone does what Aaron Northcraft did Friday night, they need not wait and hope to randomly be chosen as a prospect to write about.  Northcraft, starting his 14th game of the year for the Lynchburg Hillcats (A+), quietly tossed the first no-hitter of his professional career against the Salem Red Sox.  In full disclosure, Northcraft’s no-hitter was shortened to seven innings because doubleheaders in the minors typically are shortened to avoid too much stress…

Random Notes

Don’t really have a specific subject in mind, so here are a few things of interest. ——– The Braves are third in WAR among non-pitchers in the majors.  A big part of that is due to the Braves currently leading the bigs in the fielding component of WAR, which for non-catchers is UZR.  Last year, the Braves finished in the bottom ten in the fielding component.  The outfield has been tremendously important to this change,…

Was Jair Jurrjens’ Trade Value Hype?

Coming into the offseason after last year’s debacle, any trade speculation involving the Braves also seemed to include Jair Jurrjens.  According to Dave O’Brien, Jon Heyman, Jayson Stark, and a score of bloggers, the Braves were fielding offers for Jurrjens.  Even more, Frank Wren was in the enviable position of waiting for a Zack Grienke-like haul, or at least that was the feeling. But as the winter months got colder, no deal seemed relatively close. …

Are the Braves Built to Win?

Several years ago, then-General Manager John Schuerholz published an ego-stroking book called Built to Win.  At the time, the Braves were coming off the “Baby Braves” year of 2005, a year that was supposed to jump-start the next string of playoff appearances.  Since that book was released during the spring of ’06, the Braves have made one trip to October baseball and find themselves in the midst of a disturbing trend of loses.  On May…

Random Prospect of the Day: Luis Avilan

Welcome to the second edition of this column.  Like before, using a random number generator and the list of pitchers used at the minor league level by the Braves, I came up with a random prospect.  Basic idea is that most sites will go over the big stars, but what about the sleeper guys?  The never-will-be guys?  The minor league veterans?  That’s the purpose of this column.  In full disclosure, this was the third guy…

Could the Braves be Interested in Joe Saunders?

According to The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro in a recent article, Atlanta is “said” to have interest in Joe Saunders, a right-handed starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The blog post has little to say on why the Braves could be interested, nor what the D’Backs could be looking for aside from adding that Saunders could bring back a decent return.  After dealing Saunders, the D’Backs could turn to Trevor Bauer, one of the better pitching…

See ya, Livan!

Officially, Livan Hernandez has been designated for assignment, not flat-out released.  Regardless of the semantics, Livan has been cut and his days as a Brave are concluded.  Good thing, too, because I get to introduce a new column…”See ya!”  Livan was signed just before the season on March 30th to be the long guy in the pen.  At the time, it seemed like a reasonable move.  With O’Ventbrel covering the late innings, Kris Medlen handling…