Braves Saturday Stats Pack – Mallex, Flowers, Teheran, Vizzy

Back by no demand is this week’s Saturday Stats Pack. Later on this afternoon, expect a minor league version of this series. Just a reminder that when I use Baseball-Reference Play Index, the data goes back to 1913 in many cases. By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons A Different 20/20 Club No one doubts that Mallex Smith is a fast baserunner, but with a 50% stolen base rate in his first…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #4

So far in this series, I’ve looked at the fifth worst and fifth best drafts since 2000 for the Atlanta Braves. Today, I’ll head back to the bad side with a look at the fourth worst Braves draft. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 By elemenous on Flickr (Original…

“It feels like every move has backfired.”

By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Today, The Hardball Times published an article by Alex Remington titled “How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves.” It’s a long look into the current team, with many fans chiming in with their assorted disappointment. “I hate these guys,” one suggests. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing,” ponders another. And then there is…

Braves Monday Roundup – Teheran, Carlyle, and more

(A small note to start. For regular readers, I am changing up things and dropping the 5 for Monday concept at atlantabraves.about.com. Rather, I will use Mondays to touch on something of significance or interest at that blog and move some every week tidbits (trivia, birthdays) over here.) Before we start, here are my shameless plugs (articles I’ve written over the last week). AtlantaBraves.About.com – Julio Teheran’s Turnaround – Investigating what has been different about…

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…

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…