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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WOW’s Top 15 Outfield Prospects

The Braves have a corner outfield problem. How do I know this? Our Stephen Tolbert said so.  Only the Giants finished with a worse fWAR than the Braves in 2017. The Braves had an outfield fWAR of 2.6, which is pretty amazing since Ender Inciarte finished the season with 3 wins all to himself. The other nine outfielders combined for a -0.4 fWAR. Woof. The Braves move into the offseason with a hope to deal either…

Atlanta Braves Rule 5 Update

The Atlanta Braves have made a slew of moves despite not having a general manager as they look to trim the fat from the roster. Already gone are Ian Krol and Tony Sanchez, who both elected free agency, and David Freitas and Micah Johnson, who were selected off waivers. The Braves also offered Armando Rivero back to the Cubs – along with every team in baseball – and nobody came calling. All told, these moves…

WOW’s Top 5 Third Base Prospects

We’ve talked about this before, but third base has been a trouble spot for the Braves for a number of years. Outside of Chris Johnson‘s BABIP-infused campaign, there has been a revolving door at the hot corner. Two dozen players have started games there. More than half – fourteen – have logged at least ten starts. Only four, however, have given the Braves one win according to Fangraphs’ WAR. This select group includes Johnson, Juan Uribe,…

WOW’s Top 5 Shortstop Prospects

At second base, the Braves lost their top prospect to graduation. The story is the same at shortstop, where Dansby Swanson struggled through an up-and-mostly-down year while losing his prospect status in the process. The Braves still have a good deal of talent at shortstop with four possible Top 50 organizational prospects classified as a shortstop as of right now, but three of those very good prospects were in rookie ball leaving this position a…

A 2018 Braves Winner Without Losing Prospects

Recently, our Stephen Tolbert wrote an article in which he tried to put together a version of the 2018 Atlanta Braves that could go to the playoffs. The trick was remaining realistic in both projections and what it might cost to acquire players. While some of the trades soured me to a degree, the logic was sound. To build the kind of winner people might want the Braves to become in 2018, it would require…

Organizational Overview: Second Base

When the 2016 season concluded, the Braves were at a crossroads in regards to second base. They had two really good prospects developing in the minors with Ozzie Albies and Travis Demeritte, but neither were ready for prime time. They also had an incumbent, Jace Peterson, who had started 214 games at second base the previous two years. Peterson had struggled, though, to hit well enough to stay in the lineup and looked more like…

Braves Reshuffle Coaching Staff, Outright Krol

The Atlanta Braves still don’t have a General Manager, but they are still making moves – even if they don’t announce them for a while. While no official word has been released to this point, the Braves are expected to part with long-time coaches Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez. Named the 1991 MVP while a member of the Braves, Pendleton spent the last 16 years on the coaching staff beginning as the team’s hitting coach…