Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

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…

Should Atlanta Trade Ozzie Albies?

Grant McAuley – Follow on Twitter – used with permission As hopefully all of you know, the Braves are rebuilding. In the details, all rebuilds look different. Some focus on bats, some focus on arms, the players moved are different, the players acquired are different, timelines change, etc. But zoomed out, all rebuilds follow the same path. Trade present assets for future assets, become very bad, build your system back up, get decent, trade future…

Sean Newcomb, Rich Hill, and Spin Rates

Chris Blessing – Follow on Twitter As we’ve entered the Statcast era of baseball analytics, we now have the ability to look at specific parts of the game with much more clarity. We can quantify how hard a player hits the ball, what angle the ball comes off the bat, how many feet a center-fielder covers to make a play, how quick his first step was and on and on and on. Among these new…