Prepping for the Trade Deadline: Part 1

(Written by Ryan Cothran, a contributor at Walk-Off Walk for the last few weeks. Previous columns by Cothran include one on BABIP, the bullpen, and reviewing the Braves’ buy-low philosophy on Tommy John survivors. Remember to follow Ryan on Twitter.) By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Yes, the trade deadline is a little way off, but let it be known that Braves General Manager John Coppolella is always anxious to make…

#AskCoppy Recap

Earlier today, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella did another #AskCoppy on the twitters. I missed the entire thing because for some reason, I had kids and they annoyed me with wanting to have family time. I mean, honestly, what kind of evil children want you to play with them, color, and hang out? My evil children. As such, I’m going to need to catch up on the Q&A session. Maybe you’re like me and…

Random Prospect Sunday – Kevin Josephina

The 2013 Signing Period for international players was not heralded by publications. Of the Top 30 Prospects that Baseball America profiled, none signed with the Braves – though they’d add #27, Ricardo Sanchez, later. It was a quiet collection of talent in which two of the highest paid players were a right-hander out of Panama named Frank Gil (released last July) and a smallish shortstop from Curacao named Ozzie Albies. Both Gil and Albies received…

Scouting Report: Kevin Josephina

Player: Kevin Josephina Date of Scouting Report: 5/14/17 Age: 20 in 2017 How acquired: International Free Agent in 2013 Salary: Minimum for his level Years Before Free Agency: 6 Brief Bio: It’s been a slow beginning for Josephina after signing with the Braves on the same day as the fellow switch-hitting infielder from Curacao, Ozzie Albies. He played just nine games in 2014 and 22 the following year. In 2016, He upped that to 50…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Monday Roundup – Roster Beginning to Take Shape

The Atlanta Braves had a much better week of games than the previous horrorfest which included just one win. Let’s recap the week and who helped and hurt himself the most. From the Fort Bragg luncheon. By Sgt. anthony hewitt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons PIRATES 6, Braves 3 Matt Wisler was a longshot heading into this spring after the offseason acquisition of three new starters. So far this spring, Wisler’s play has helped to reinforce that…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #5-#1

Here it is. The top five prospects of this year’s Top 50. The elite of the elite, the best of the best, the cliche of the clicheiest (sp?). These are five players who all belong in each Top 100 countdown of the best prospects in the game. Suffice it to say, it’s really hard to overhype this group. Before I get to that, some sad news. The Top 50 has already seen a player get…