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 Sunday – Zack Soria

Sixteen days after the Atlanta Braves season ended against Tommy Greene, Mitch Williams, and the Philadelphia Phillies, a future Brave was born in Chicago. Born to Robert and Deborah Soria, Zack Soria is the oldest of three children. It didn’t take long for Soria to find the game of baseball. Almost since he learned to walk, Soria has had a ball, a bat, or a glove nearby. With any luck in his new career, that…

It’s Time for the Braves to “Shake Things Up”

Does lineup construction really matter? It’s a question that has been explored, debated, and argued for years. The data says it does, but only in a limited manner. The reason for that is simple – most managers will bat their best bats near the top of the order. We can quibble about the order they use, but building a lineup is one of the most overrated skills we think a manager should have. It’s just…

Who’d The Braves Get? – 2010 International Signings

(The International Signing Period started last week. While the Braves won’t be busy due to penalties, they will continue to sign free agents. I thought it was a good time to take a look back at some of the older international classes and see what they looked like. I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible. If you spot errors, let me know. Also, like the pic above? It came courtesy of Grant McAuley. Remember…

Defense On The Rise

Oh, I’m alive. Started a new job which has kept me sidetracked a bit, but I’m alive. And as are the Braves. Despite an underwhelming series against the Orioles, the Braves are still in first place. We always hear about the reasons for that – the team’s offense has been mostly pretty good. The starting staff, led by Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz, has improved. Even the bullpen, minus a terrible outing the other night,…

Best G’s in Braves Franchise History

When you have operated a squad for nearly 150 years, you rack up a pretty expansive collection of players that have taken the field for you. In this series, we look at possibly the best possible lineup you could build that all share one thing in common – the last name that begins with the same letter. Team G One thing that will stand out about the G’s in team depth. Not that there are some…

The Braves Bullpen is Better & Still Needs Help

The Atlanta Braves bullpen is both good and bad. Name a category and you’ll find the pen near the middle in bullpen rankings. Well, except for walks, but you’re probably a Braves fan. You don’t need to hear about walks from relievers. You probably have dints in your wall from watching Braves’ relievers walk a small village earlier this season. Those walks have helped several relievers have poorer numbers than how they are actually pitching…

Ender’s Nightmare Season

The 2018 season has been ugly for one Ender Inciarte. A two-walk night on Tuesday helped his on-base percentage improve to .305 on the year, though no hits meant his batting average slipped to .244. For the season, Inciarte has a .285 wOBA. Of the 162 current contenders for the batting crown, Inciarte has the 20th-worst wOBA in baseball. To put it more bluntly, Inciarte hasn’t been Chris Davis-bad, but he’s been pretty darn bad.…