Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

The 3B Candidate No One is Talking About

The Braves need a third baseman. Everyone knows the Braves need 3B because we all keep talking about how the Braves need a 3B. I’ve written about it. We as a blog wrote about it. Others have written about it and the general consensus is, Atlanta needs an external solution for 3B. At least in the short term. Some people are high on Austin Riley as a prospect, and even though I’m not necessarily one…

Braves Arbitration and Non-Tender Primer

Alex Anthopoulos’ first couple weeks on the job have mostly been about getting acquainted with a brand new organization and building his baseball ops department they way he wants it. But now it’s time for some roster moves. As it often does in baseball, the calendar somewhat dictates when moves are made. This week is the non-tender deadline for arbitration eligible players. Basically, any arbitration players the team doesn’t plan on tendering a contract too…

Are the Reactions to Yesterday Overblown?

Before yesterday happened, I mentioned to Tommy and Ryan that I really didn’t think what was happening to Atlanta was all that terrible and I thought I could make a compelling case they are actually better off in the long run. I even started writing said post. Then yesterday happened and I almost deleted the thing from my hard drive. If you somehow missed it, Braves lost 13 players, a 3rd round pick and basically…

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…