Braves Need to Consider Dumping Markakis

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I despise the label “professional hitter.” Aren’t they all? Even Julio Teheran is a professional hitter since he gets paid to do it. And even if you roll your eyes at taking the literal meaning of the phrase, it’s an entirely misapplied and pointless phrase that is often handed out as a consolation prize. One Brave who receives the phrase is Nick Markakis. He…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #5

A little while back, I began the Top 5 and Worst 5 drafts for the Braves since 2000 with the fifth worst. However, I don’t want to focus entirely on the bad because that would be both sad and really sad. With that in mind, today we go with the fifth best. Of course, the fourth worst draft is sitting waiting to be written after this one. I’ll get to you eventually, Year to Be…

Foltynewicz giving the Braves a Lift

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons How good was Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday? His second-best four-seam fastball in velocity came in the 8th inning (97.28 mph). His sinker never wavered in movement throughout the night. He had confidence in all five of his pitches, using each over the final two innings. And while it deserves to be said that the Royals offense is not that good right now, Foltynewicz made them…

Everything That is Right With Baseball

Ah, the opening week of the season. No matter how pessimistic one can be, you have to take a little vacation from the feelings of dread and disappointment to entertain the possibilities of what a new season means. I’ve loved baseball since I was a little tot. My father was an usher at the local minor league stadium and even though I wasn’t good at it, I absolutely adored the sport. As I grew older,…

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…

Reviewing Hart’s Trades: Hale for Briceno

The Braves have been active in John Hart‘s first season at the helm to the tune of SIXTEEN TRADES! Sixteen deals involving major league talent going one direction or in both. Sixteen deals that include over 50 different players, a few draft picks, lots of cash, and two Uptons. It’s been friggin unreal to see what the Braves have done. With most of the season in our rear view, it’s time to start reviewing each…

Top 30 Prospects, Post-2015 Edition – #20-11

Previous Rankings: 30-21 Last Monday, I started the post-2015 Top 30 Prospects by looking at the bottom tier. As the Braves have built for the future, naturally more talent has been added to the system. Case in point, of the ten players in my Middle Tier, nine of them joined the system after Frank Wren was fired. The system of Hart and Coppolella has taken shape over the last nearly 13 months. Remember that next week,…