Saturday Stats Pack: #WilliansWatch, Riley, Swanson, Ruiz

Going to do something different this week, though it’s actually going back to what I used to do with this series. Rather than splitting up observations by minor league affiliate, I’ll just make note of interesting stats of the particular players. Should be easier and more fun that way. In addition, feel free to check out the major league companion to this series at my other site. Topics discussed include Aaron Blair‘s opening three games,…

Transaction Tuesday: Burnett, Albies, Swanson, Beech

I’m going to try something new this season and that’s keeping up with minor league transactions. Every Tuesday, I’ll take a look at each level to go over some of the moves and provide analysis. If this is the kind of thing that interest you, let me know. Hopefully, next week I will be able to get this article out quicker. I’m still getting things back to normal after a busy weekend that included serious…

Carolina Mudcats 2016 Preview

Swanson’s a Mudcat in 2016Rob Carr/Getty Images Yesterday, I previewed the Rome Braves roster, which is full of prospects throughout. Today’s team, the Carolina Mudcats, is not quite as impressive from a prospect standpoint, though the franchise’s top prospect will start there. There are some good prospects throughout this team, though. Staff – Rocket Wheeler (Manager), Jose Mota (Coach), Carlos Mendez (Hitting), Derrick Lewis (Pitching) -Since 2003, Wheeler has been managing Braves affiliates with his…

First Game Analysis & Let’s Talk About Who Has Options

First, I uploaded some quick analysis on the first game of spring training at atlantabraves.about.com. Highlights included Freddie Freeman‘s wrist, Hector Olivera‘s left field adventures, the rising status of Mauricio Cabrera and Rio Ruiz, and the future may be now (for a day) if both Dansby Swanson and Ozhaino Albies start tomorrow up the middle as expected. Moving on, a particular tweet caught my attention. Jose Ramirez hit 95 mph with a couple pitches during a…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

I’ve posted a lot of articles at my AtlantaBraves.About.com link as things start to get more active with spring training beginning. Here’s a comprehensive list of the articles over the last week or so. All article links open to a new tab/window. Braves Plan to Spend Big, but Not On Veteran Players …Instead of pooling their funds together for a big free agent splash, the Atlanta Braves might be in the act of simply waiting…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

Here’s a list of articles I wrote this week at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.Com. All article links open to a new tab/window. 5 for Monday: Spring Training, 2017 catchers, and more My weekly look at some stories that may have been missed during the previous week. Some of this week’s topics include hot prospects like Aaron Blair, Sean Newcomb, and Dansby Swanson receiving invitations to spring training; how ex-Braves like Fred McGriff and Billy Wagner…