Random Prospect Sunday – Brett Cumberland

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one?’” – Bill Dickey Twenty-two year-old Brett Cumberland could play other positions. He has in him the potential to hit extremely well and that can…

Saturday Stats Pack: Catching, Atlanta’s Non-Manager, Acuna’s Exploits

Johan Camargo‘s Shocking Season Camargo started at shortstop Friday night and singled once in three trips to the plate. His average actually dropped a tad to .327 in the process. That’s how’s Camargo’s surprising rookie campaign has gone to this point. Over 40 games, the switch-hitter has on-based .355 due to just a 4.5% walk rate but has shown new-found pop to keep his slugging a shade under .500. His numbers are remarkably similar to…

Speed Has a New Measurement

On Tuesday, MLB released a new metric called Sprint Speed. The metric, which is part of the Statcast collection of numbers, is defined as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window.” The range is typically 23 ft/sec on the poor side and 30 ft/sec on the strong side. 27 ft/sec is about average. Let’s look at where the Braves sit. Catcher Tyler Flowers comes in at about 25.8. Now, that sounds below average,…

Monday Roundup: Big Flies Lead to Big Week

A full slate of games last week as the Braves welcomed both the Giants and Brewers to town. Let’s dive in. June 19, 9-0 WIN vs. Giants Mr. Ryan Cothran recently pointed out how R.A. Dickey‘s splits-by-month improve once the temperatures warm up. Last Monday, he made Cothran look really good with seven masterful frames. He yielded just three hits and walked one while striking out a half-dozen. The game was a close one heading…

Monday Roundup: Krolling, Demeritte Rolling, Flowers Needs Extolling

Welcome to June and this week’s Monday Roundup. We start with three out west to finish a six-game California swing and end with a trio of games in Cincinnati. Jeff Morris. Follow him on Twitter @AtlBravesJeff May 29, 6-3 WIN @ Angels The Braves scored all of their runs in the third with help from a pair of two-run doubles off the bats of the recently acquired Matt Adams and Danny Santana. Tyler Flowers, who had…

Monday Roundup: Trade Johnson?, Cumberland’s Run, Bullpen Issues

Welcome to another week of Braves baseball as we say goodbye to May and head into June. The end of May is often a time in which teams start realizing what they have – and don’t have – and start to make more frequent adjustments. With the Braves continuing to disappoint, might a player or many be in their final days with the team? That question will certainly be answered, but in the meantime, here…

Prepping for the Trade Deadline: Part 2

(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. The first part of this series detailed possible fixes for the team should there be trades over the next couple of months. Remember to follow Ryan on Twitter.) Last year, while writing for Tomahawk Take, I wrote a piece regarding organizational…