WOW’s Top 5 Catching Prospects

The 2017 season for the Atlanta Braves has come to a close and now we begin to look forward into 2018 and beyond. This week, we begin a series that looks at each position and the prospects that the organization currently have – starting with a position of great depth in catcher. It wasn’t long ago that the Braves had Cristian Bethancourt and that was about it. Nowadays, that has changed as all five catchers…

“Is Schuerholz running the club or are Hart and Coppolella running it?”

In an article for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal points to possible dissension within the Atlanta Braves front office. The article is behind a paywall so I won’t quote it word-for-word, but the general perception is that Braves general manager John Coppolella and John Hart, the President of Baseball Operations, could be in a bit of a power struggle with Team Vice Chairman – and former GM and Team President – John Schuerholz. Rosenthal cites unnamed sources…

Saturday Stats Pack: Flowers, Stolen Bases, Bullpen, Sims

Unlike last season where I posted two separate entries, I’m going to try to do one Saturday Stats Pack with both major league and minor league notable stats. So, without too much stalling, here is this week’s edition. Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) .344 wOBA Over the last two seasons, only six catchers have stepped into the batter’s box at least 350 times and have a better weighted on-base average than…

Thursday Throwback – Reed Johnson

Sometimes, moves just don’t pan out like they ought to. That was the case of the 2012 midseason trade that sent Reed Johnson, along with Paul Maholm, to the Braves. The trade was born out of a move that didn’t happen and ultimately, failed to deliver despite looking like a good deal on paper for Frank Wren. Even when Wren made the right move, it just didn’t seem to work. But long before that trade,…

Will January Bring a Big Piece for the Braves?

K. Johnson, Spring 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons January is typically a time where baseball teams are thinking depth. Last January, Atlanta signed Jhoulys Chacin, Kyle Kendrick, Alexi Ogando, and Kelly Johnson in January. The year before, they traded for Manny Banuelos, Ricardo Sanchez, and signed Kelly Johnson. I’m just saying there is a theme and it includes signing Kelly Johnson. Who is currently a free agent. Again, I’m just…

Braves Searching for Catcher Help, but Options are Thin

Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) For so many years, the Braves were absolutely loaded at catcher. Javy Lopez arrived in 1994 and for a dozen years, he was one of the best catchers in baseball. After a brief intermission where Johnny Estrada looked alright, the Braves handed the reigns over to Brian McCann for nine years. Behind the plate, the Braves made other teams green with envy as they tried…

“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…