Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

A Quick Look at Something Cool Ronald Acuna Did

Ronald Acuña is quite good at baseball. If you’re unfamiliar, Acuña is a 19-year old phenom destroying competition 5+ years older than him and making his case for being the best prospect in all of baseball. I could fill several post on the greatness of Ronald Acuna but for today we’re going to get a little more specific. Actually, very specific. One pitch to be exact. Recently he did this: That’s a very impressive HR…

The Braves Have a Corner OF Problem

The good news for Atlanta is up ahead, in the distance, you can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The young players this organization has spent the last 3 years acquiring are making their way to and through the upper minors and are slowly joining the big league club. The future is coming. The bad news for Atlanta is the past is still here. Specifically, Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp…

A Way Too Early Look at Lucas Sims Stuff

Flickr.com One of my favorite parts of new players making their debuts is being able to look at their performances in brand new ways. Because of the technology it takes, several of tools or metrics we use to evaluate players are only available at the major league level. When guys come up, we get to measure what they can do So when Lucas Sims came up Tuesday and made his debut I, being the nerd…

Let’s Talk About Mike Foltynewicz

It’s no secret the Atlanta Braves have hitched their wagon to the back of young pitching. GM John Coppolella has mentioned several times that currency of major league baseball is pitching and if you were paying attention to what was the most expensive asset to acquire at the trade deadline, it’s hard to argue with John’s point. And one of the young pitchers the Braves are highest on is RH Mike Foltynewicz. Folty has basically…

Braves Future Begins

We already knew one of the Braves’ better prospects was making his debut tonight as Lucas Sims gets set to start tonight’s game but it looks like that’s not all that’s happening. MLB’s prospect account MLBPipeline just sent this tweet: Ozzie! Ozzie! Ozzie! @Braves No. 2 prospect/@MLB No. 19 Ozzie Albies to make his @MLB debut tonight. https://t.co/nk2vOGrMFY pic.twitter.com/DdsSQwRzBC — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 1, 2017 That’s right 2B/SS Ozzie Albies is set to join…

Some Thoughts on Jaime Garcia and Sonny Gray

Yesterday the Braves traded Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins in the most expected deal in human history. Atlanta and Minnesota had been talking seriously for at least four days now and Atlanta was so sure something was going to happen, they significantly altered Aaron Blair’s schedule this week so he could take Garcia’s spot in the rotation if he was dealt. Well yesterday afternoon they finally completed the deal, and while the trade itself…

One Thing to Watch with Mike Soroka

The Atlanta Braves have hitched their rebuild to starting pitching. Whatever you think of that strategy, that’s what they’ve done and they’ve littered their farm system with the best collection of arms in baseball. And in a system that’s stacked with so much pitching talent, there may be none more talented than RH Mike Soroka. Soroka was taken in the 1st round (28th pick) of the 2015 draft and almost immediately made it known that…