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Random Prospect Sunday: Andry Ubiera

Random Prospect Sunday: Andry Ubiera

Last week, I brought back Random Prospect Sunday with Phil Gosselin. This week, we go to the mound with a young righthander from the Dominican Republic who could become the Braves’ next big international star. Or not. That’s the nature of prospects after all. Andry Ubiera was born on May 22, 1993 out of San Pedro de Macoris. In Flushing that day, Dwight Gooden out-pitched John Smoltz as the Mets took down the Braves 6-1…

1995 Reflections: Eugene Emeralds

1995 Reflections: Eugene Emeralds

Last Saturday, I started to look at the “Other” Braves teams of 1995, the season that brought a World Championship to Atlanta. I am moving up the ladder after opening with the Danville Braves and will head to the other coast to look at the Eugene Emeralds. Wait, we had a team in Oregon? It didn’t last long. The Braves experimented with the idea of a short-season A-ball team, largely built of college draftees. In…

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One Weird Night Involving a Big Cat and Backup Catcher-Pitcher

The Braves open a series with the Rockies tonight and it made me recall one of my favorite Braves/Rockies matchups from the summer of 2000. Playing the middle of a three game series, the Braves were in a close divisional race with the Mets, a race they would win by one game. Colorado, under the stewardship of Buddy Bell, was trying to get back to .500 in a season they would finish with just two…

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Do We Still Hate Ryan Doumit?

As Braves fans tend to do, the overreaction to Ryan Doumit‘s slow start were almost immediate. Doumit, who had OPS’d over .800 three times in his career (most recently in 2011, his last season in the NL), struggled to open the season with the Braves. After a strikeout in his only at-bat on May 9th against the Cubs, Doumit was slashing a miserable .171/.194/.366. I read from a few twitter folks about how Frank Wren…

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A Better Win-Loss Record

The popularity of #killthewin was easy to understand and support. For too long, win-loss records have been cited as some kind of reflection of a pitcher’s abilities. In 2010, Phil Hughes, the shining example of mediocre, finished 18-8 while Felix Hernandez, while posting a 2.27 ERA, finished 13-12. Hughes’ New York Yankees finished with 95 wins while King Felix’s Mariners won 61. Interestingly, at least to me, Hughes got the win in 19% of the…

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A Look Back: 2007 Draft

We’re coming up on the June draft so now was a good time to dust off my series on looking back on recent drafts and seeing what players have made good on the Braves’ investment and the many that have not.  So far, I have looked at five different drafts from 2008 to 2012. Today, my focus will be on the 2007 draft, a draft that yielded few major league talents, but the ones that…

Random Prospect Sunday: Phil Gosselin

Random Prospect Sunday: Phil Gosselin

Over the last two summers, I have tried to pay attention to the non-prospects with this column. With the help of random.org’s number generator, I would get a random number that would help me land on a player in the Braves system. I called the column “Random Prospect of the Day,” which didn’t make a bunch of sense considering I only did the column once a week on Sundays. With that in mind, I’m going…