Transaction Tuesday: September Callups with a Gohara Spotlight

With September call-ups in full swing, I decided to do something a little different today and give you guys a super-sized transaction recap that includes today’s moves. Usually, I review the last week, but not include the day I publish the recap. However, with there likely being so few moves to go over for the next few weeks – and a big one in today’s recap – let’s dive into the last eight days. *The…

Introducing Tony Sanchez

Let’s go to the annual Baseball Prospectus from 2015 for the story on Tony Sanchez: “Good news: Sanchez might eke out a career as a back-up catcher. Bad news: That’s about the best-case scenario.” Cool. By Eugene Kim on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons If you didn’t hear – and judging by the mass hysteria on social media, you almost certainly did – the Braves traded Brandon Phillips yesterday…

Braves Catching Turning Into a Strength

In the major leagues, few teams have had a better situation behind the plate than the Braves this season. With Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki, the Braves have a pair of players who have been productive all season long at the plate and in Flowers’ case, they have the game’s best framer. But both are over 30 and may not around when the Braves next make the playoffs. Today, let’s look at the minor league situation…

Braves Bring Up Max Fried, But Why?

The Braves have brought up another big prospect. No, not Ronald Acuna. Nope, not Mike Soroka or Luiz Gohara. Not even A.J. Minter. Instead, the Braves have recalled Max Fried from Double-A Mississippi while sending Jason Hursh back to Gwinnett for the 18th time this season (or so). To say this move was shocking is an understatement. Fried has had a rough season in Mississippi with a 5.92 ERA and a 2-11 record, which is…

Making Sense of Yesterday’s Roster & Lineup Decisions

G-Braves Media It was already going to be a big day as far as major league debuts go, but the surprising afternoon news of another new addition to the list of players to play in the bigs was a bit confusing at first. The decision to bring Ozzie Albies to the major leagues yesterday was given some context as the day went on. Albies WAS NOT brought to the majors for an injury. He WAS…

Monday Recap: Sweep, Buying/Selling, Early Freeman at 3B Metrics

Welcome to this week’s quick Monday Recap. With just three games to review because of the All-Star Break, we won’t have to spend too much time on them. Want to point out a few things before we look back at the week that just concluded. We posted our Midseason Top 50 Prospects last week with contributors Ryan Cothran and Stephen Tolbert pitching in. Ryan’s been with WOW for awhile now, but Tolbert recently joined. He’s…

The Great Run Differential Debate

As the Braves polished off the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Dan Szymborski took to twitter. Things quickly went nutty from there. Braves are at .500! With a similar run differential to the Mets, White Sox, Pirates, and Angels. So…yeah… — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 16, 2017 Ignoring the “So…yeah…” at the end, the tweet is accurate. With a run differential of -34, the Braves are reasonably close in run differential with the Mets (-40),…