Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

The Poison of Ground Balls Visualized

In the ongoing effort to understand the fly ball revolution sweeping across baseball, sometimes the easiest method is simply looking at the detriment of ground balls. Even players who, overall, are successful at hitting the ball in the air have periods throughout a season where they hit the ball on the ground. And looking at what those periods do their production can drive home the point. So what I’ve done here is selected a few…

The Problem with Trading for Josh Donaldson

Before we get started, I just want to make it clear that I’m a fan of acquiring Josh Donaldson. Or at least moves like acquiring Josh Donaldson. I’ve gone on record already this off-season stating my desire for the team to accelerate this rebuild process, and not let one more year of Freddie Freeman’s prime rot away at the bottom of the standings. In theory, I’m in favor of it. In practice, however, it gets…

Braves Reportedly Hire Alex Anthoupolos as GM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has breaking news for the Atlanta Braves tonight:   Can report now Anthopoulos is getting #Braves GM job, announcement possible at GM Meetings — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 13, 2017 He then followed that tweet up with this one:   Heard John Hart will stay as #Braves pres of basbeall operations for now, but as much as counsel/figurehead and that Anthopoulos will have final decision making powers in…

What the Hell Dansby?

Ok, let’s jump right into this with a couple charts. First, this is the MLB average wOBA by the three different batted ball types (Line drives, flyballs, ground balls):   Player LD wOBA FB wOBA GB wOBA MLB .674 .462 .228   Ok, now same chart but with Dansby Swanson’s 2017 numbers added:   Player LD wOBA FB wOBA GB wOBA MLB .674 .462 .228 Swanson .612 .211 .215 I’m sure it jumped off the…

The Ticking Time Bomb of Atlanta’s Rebuild

Recently here at WalkOffWalk, we’ve been attempting to put together a playoff team for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. I took the first stab at it and put together a more aggressive plan to improve the talent level of the team while sacrificing some of the club’s better prospects. Tommy followed that up with a more conservative approach by keeping all the major prospects and building a team around internal call-ups, minor trades, and veteran…

Building a 2018 Playoff Team

So last Friday night I was watching the Astros/Yankees game, feeling a bit depressed, maybe a few drinks in me and I decided I wanted to try to build a Braves playoff team. For 2018. I wanted to see if it’s possible. Braves have some young talent coming, a superstar to build around, a farm system of currency, some money to play with, a rather weak division to play in, and a brand new stadium…

2017 Atlanta Braves Batting Profiles

Now that the season has ended, I thought it was a good time to go back and review the batting profiles of some of the Braves’ key players. Batting profiles are essentially the nuts and bolts behind a players production and answers the why behind what. Knowing what a guy’s wRC+ is useful but knowing how he arrived at that production gives you both a better understanding of a that players present talent, as well…