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Taking a Break from Jonny

There are some rumors stemming from a Luis Avilan tweet that the lefty will be headed to Atlanta and likely will be replacing Jonny Venters.  It would be cool if it was Avilan since he was one of my “Random Prospects” and would be the first of them to get the Walk-Off Walk bump.  Avilan had just joined the Gwinnett Braves today after the Atlanta cut D.J. Carrasco and needed a spot in AA for…

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Howdy Ben Sheets!

If you haven’t heard by now, Atlanta has agreed to a minor league contract with former Brewers workhorse, Ben Sheets.  The Braves were one of the few teams that watched a simulated five-inning stint Sheets threw at Georgia Tech last week and saw enough to believe that it was time to act.  Sheets’ agent and Braves GM Frank Wren agreed to the deal Saturday night and after Sheets passed the physical today, the comeback attempt…

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The Best (and Worst) of June

Hey, cool, I made it a month.  The Braves finished off a 13-12 June with a 7-5 victory against the Nationals in the oven known as Turner Field today.  Despite the win over the revered Stephen Strasburg, Atlanta remains one of baseball’s disappointing clubs.  After opening the season with four consecutive loses, the Braves righted the ship and were 14-8 after 22 games, but since April 29th, Atlanta is a weak 27-28.  June started with…

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The All-Stars

I will be completely forthright with this.  I hate the All-Star Game.  I hate the idea that it “matters,” I hate the fact that every team gets a player, I hate that fans stuff ballots for their guy, and I hate the choices that managers typically make for who gets to go and who doesn’t.  Too often, guys aren’t selected for what they have done in that season.  Case in point…”let’s send Chipper to the…

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Random Prospect of the Day – Matthew Kennelly

Back to the offensive random prospects, helped out by a Random.org number generator, and I land on yet another backup catcher type.  For what it’s worth, the focus with this column is to not have a love affair with super prospects, but shine light on maybe some guys most Braves fans have never heard of.  They might be journeyman, long-shots, or never-will-be’s, but the majority of players who make up the system are guys you…

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How Awful is Jack Wilson?

Jack Wilson just grounded out as a pinch hitter in tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.  It was 2-2, the Braves were guaranteed eleven more outs, and no one was on base with the top of the lineup due up.  Fredi Gonzalez goes to Jack Wilson to get a rally started. Don’t think about that idea too long or your head might explode.  Jack Wilson is hitting .172 on this season in 36 games and 70…

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What Starters Should the Braves Target?

As the Zack Greinke rumors begin to fly and the possibilities of bringing him aboard explored by a few bloggers, I felt it was time to take a look at what starters the Braves should seek out.  I’ll try to keep this exercise reasonably realistic.  Obviously, a team headed to a sub-.500 finish would still be a little hesitant giving up a team-controlled starter simply because they should be sellers.  I also lack much “inside”…