Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

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…

The Braves and Shohei Ohtani

If you haven’t been paying attention, there’s a rather large story brewing on the international prospect scene. His name is Shohei Ohtani and he’s the best prospect to come out of Japan in years, arguably being a once-in-a-generation prospect. Wiki Commons If you’re unfamiliar, Ohtani is a 23-year-old, two-way player who regularly hits 101 mph as a starter and regularly destroys baseballs as a hitter. In the states, if this guy was on the free…

The Logic Behind Trading Ender Inciarte

As Ronald Acuna spent the last 18 months destroying minor league baseball, there’s obviously been plenty of discussion of how and when he’s going to make his debut in Atlanta.  The “when” has basically been answered as he almost certainly will be up at some point in 2018, with opening day being a real possibility. The “how” is a little more complicated, however, as the Braves have three full-time outfielders under contract for 2018, with…

Brian Snitker isn’t the Problem

You may have read that headline and thought this was going to be a post defending or advocating for Brian Snitker as manger. This is not that post. I don’t think Brian Snitker is particularly good at managing a baseball team and given the choice between a good manager or bad manager, I’ll take the good manager. But this isn’t the Braves problem. At least not their main problem. You win based on your talent…

Braves Trade Brandon Phillips

The Braves completed a trade Thursday night sending veteran 2B/3B Brandon Phillips to the LA Angels for C Tony Sanchez. The move on its face, isn’t that surprising. The Braves fell out of any kind of playoff contention long ago while the Angels are right in the mix of the wild card race. This is what happens. Non-playoff teams sell off its productive veterans to clubs looking to punch their ticket to October baseball. And…

Dansby Swanson 2.0

Dansby Swanson is having a rough first full year in the majors. The former number one overall pick shot up through the minors last year, some say prematurely, and had quite the impressive 6-week debut with Atlanta. Combine that solid performance on the field with an already aggressive marketing campaign featuring him off the field and the 23-year-old started the 2017 season with some lofty expectations. Unfortunately for Dansby, those expectations proved to be a…