Tag: Flowers

Transaction Tuesday: Lots of Early Season Movement

Welcome to this week’s Transaction Tuesday. If you’re new to the site, every week I try to gobble up every move the Braves make – big or small – and spit out some analysis to bring these moves into context. Sometimes, it’s complete crap, but I try to bring some facts to the table, darn it. This week, a few more players were cut from the system while a host of players went to the…

First Glimpse at an Opening Day Lineup

Today’s game against the Nationals, the first “home” game of the spring, has an interesting lineup for the Braves. It’s pretty similar to what Braves fans’ began to expect from last year’s team and probably represents something close to what we will see when the season opens. Here’s a deeper look. 1. Ender Inciarte, CF Coming off his best offensive campaign (.328 wOBA), Inciarte will stay in the leadoff role for the foreseeable future. There…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday, I attempted to build a realistic model of what the 2018 season might look like based on Steamer projections with minimal tweaks. Today, though, we are going to have fun with best-case possibilities. Today, my friends, we’ll take a swing at what an optimistic projection of the 2018 Braves may look like. Full disclosure – I’m not putting together a model that projects Dansby Swanson to hit .412 or Nick Markakis to hit 45…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…

Organizational Overview: Catcher

WhatProsWear Yesterday, we began a series looking at the best prospects by position starting with catcher, but I’d be remiss if we didn’t also look at where the Braves stand at catcher right now. After all, just because a position is a strength in the minors doesn’t need help right now. Conversely, a position like first base looks pretty weak in the minors, but the Braves aren’t that interested in addressing that because of who…

Where the Braves Sit Right Now

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter We could sit here for some time and keep talking about the surprising dismissal of John Coppolella, in-fighting between the remaining John’s (Hart and Schuerholz), the possibility of pending sanctions, and so on. And you can be sure we will address more of that when the information is available. However, like it or not, the 2017-18 Hot Stove is warming up and it’s time to start looking at next…

Braves Bring Back Suzuki

I can’t say that I was a fan of acquiring Kurt Suzuki last January. Not sure anyone would give more than a nacho order for Suzuki, but okay. It’s not the worst signing – just seems unneeded. — Tommy Poe (@WalkOffWalk1) January 21, 2017 At the time, it seemed just as useful to bring a couple of journeymen catchers to camp to compete with Anthony Recker for the backup job. But someone saw something in…