Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

Let’s Talk About Nick Markakis

It’s May 4th, the Braves are in first place and Nick Markakis is leading the team in WAR. We’re just going to process that sentence for second before moving on. OK. Nick Markakis has been amazing this year. Like, legitimately amazing. He spent his age 31, 32, and 33 seasons being replacement level so this at age 34 is, well, kind of shocking. We are only 6 weeks in, so all the small sample qualifiers…

Let’s Make a Move

The 2018 Atlanta Braves are good. That’s just the reality right now. Whether it continues that way or not is a separate discussion. You can make the argument either way, but what’s undisputed is they’re 17-11 and half a game back. What’s also undisputed is this is clearly the most talented team the Braves have fielded in the last 4 years. It makes sense that they’re good. But as we all know, good isn’t perfect…

Good News and Bad News for Ender Inciarte

Ender Inciarte is not a great hitter. Every time I say that, I piss off a certain segment of the fan base who let’s me know all about why that isn’t true. Of course, not wanting it to be true doesn’t make it any less true. Ender Inciarte is not a great hitter. But that’s not what these early season struggles are about. The last three years, Inciarte has posted wOBA’s of .325, .319, and…

Ozzie Albies, Power, and Ceilings

Understanding what type of player a prospect will become is one of, if not the, most important parts of baseball. Scouts, analysts, draft gurus, bloggers, executives all spend large chunks of their time projecting young players into major leaguers. We look at raw, unpolished talent and somehow forecasting what that player will look like 6-8 years down the road. We look at bodies and we look at frames. Further, we look at current tools, project…

Let’s Do Some 2018 Predictions

It’s Opening Day for the 2018 season and there is no hope in baseball like opening day hope. Anything and everything is possible on opening day. Regardless of the talent level, experience level, or expectation level of your favorite team, some part of you, however small, thinks this could be a special year. On opening day, every team in baseball *could* shock the world. Except Miami. They suck. For the Braves, this will probably be…

Looking at a Ronald Acuña Jr. Extension

As we get closer and closer to the end of spring training, the growing expectation is the Braves will start Ronald Acuna Jr. in AAA to begin the season. If you look at his numbers last year, his production this spring, and the current need for an upgrade in the outfield, that notion doesn’t make a lot of sense. Only when you view it through lens of baseball’s economic system does the idea even begin…

10 Best Decisions of the Hart/Coppy Era

Yesterday was part one of the series, looking at the 10 worst decisions in the John Hart-John Coppolella era. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. There were some really good decisions made. Today we’re looking at the 10 best. You can click over to part one if you want to see the intro and stuff. We’re just diving right in today.   Deciding to Rebuild The decision that was made before all other decisions sometimes…