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Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

TannerMurphy.com Sometimes, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. For Tanner Murphy, that right time happened on a baseball diamond during his sophomore year of high school. The catcher on his travel team broke his thumb, prompting the coach to ask for a volunteer to put on the tools of ignorance. Murphy, a shortstop, went behind home plate and immediately threw out a greedy base runner trying to take…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #42-#31

Last week, I began my Top 50 prospects and almost immediately, the Atlanta Braves swung a deal for more prospects. So…thanks for that, John Coppolella. I kid, but the trade forced me to change my Top 50 to a Top 52 as both players acquired jumped right into the list with one appearing in today’s portion. To get me back on track, today’s part of the list will be supersized to a dozen. Short of…

Yangervis Solarte: Possible Braves Target?

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “San Diego Padres”) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the San Diego Padres “continues to aggressively shop third baseman Yangervis Solarte.” If so, you have to imagine that Braves general manager John Coppolella has reached out. And if he hasn’t, Coppy, you better get on it. A three-year veteran, Solarte was a bit of a late bloomer…

Braves Searching for Catcher Help, but Options are Thin

Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) For so many years, the Braves were absolutely loaded at catcher. Javy Lopez arrived in 1994 and for a dozen years, he was one of the best catchers in baseball. After a brief intermission where Johnny Estrada looked alright, the Braves handed the reigns over to Brian McCann for nine years. Behind the plate, the Braves made other teams green with envy as they tried…

2016 Player Reviews: Jim Johnson, Casey Kelly, Matt Kemp

The Braves have already signed their first free agent, which means it’s a good time to unveil this year’s minor league free agent portal. As I did last year, I will try to track down all offseason minor league free agent signings and, in many cases, provide some analysis. Last year’s crop of players included Jhoulys Chacin, Chase d’Arnaud, and even Blake Lalli – who rejoined the Braves yesterday after briefly becoming a free agent.…

Full Analysis on the Braves Cuts Today

Saturday appears to be cut day for the Atlanta Braves. Last Saturday, the big takeaways were David Carpenter and Ryan Kelly being released from the organization. Today, a few releases and a number of players being optioned or reassigned. If you are unsure about the difference, if a player is on the 40-man roster, he must be optioned to the minors. Reassigned is the technical number for minor league free agents that are being sent…

Returning Minor League Players

Most of these are old signings, but I’m just now getting around to it. Here is a list of players that were re-signed to minor league contracts for 2016. Matt Kennelly – An Aussie who has been a fixture in the offseason with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League with brothers Tim and Sam, Matt has been in the system since 2007 save for a few months when the Reds picked him up in…