Reviewing Hart’s Trades: Gattis for Foltynewicz and Ruiz

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…

Jeff Schultz Doesn’t Believe in the Process

I don’t always agree with the AJC’s Jeff Schultz on baseball. In fact, I rarely do. He’s a blowhard who too often doesn’t understand baseball while sticking to cliches. I’ve wrote on here before that Schultz and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on letting Tim Hudson go and signing Gavin Floyd the offseason before the last. It was the smart decision. But Schultz, who is far more comfortable analyzing football, only really focuses on names over…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

The Braves have a catching problem and that’s pretty new. Since the mid-90’s, they could count on Javy Lopez or Brian McCann behind the plate with only Johnny Estrada separating the two. But once McCann left for the Bronx after the 2013 season, the Braves tried Evan Gattis for a year and found his ability to be a catcher nearly non-existent. Next, they handed the job to Christian Bethancourt, but the young catcher struggled with…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL West

Time to revisit the Walk-Off Walk look around the league. Our focus this week – the AL West. Considering there were two notable deals with the AL West this offseason, you can bet we will run into a few former Braves. Houston P Brett Oberholtzer – Long ago a piece of the Michael Bourn trade, Oberholtzer has made three starts in the majors and generally looked pretty substandard. He’s also had issues with blisters on…

Top Atlanta Braves Selections for Rounds 11-25

Today, I posted the top picks in each of the first ten rounds in Braves history at my page at About.com, but we can certainly continue with this exercise as the draft begins later this evening. So with that in mind, you can consider this an extension to that article as I focus on rounds 11-25, starting with the latter and working our way down with small blurbs about each selection. 25th Round – John…

Random Prospect Sunday: Jordan Edgerton

The Atlanta Braves are still trying to replace Chipper Jones. They moved Joey Terdoslavich to third base in hopes he would somehow be a competent third baseman despite being a statue at first base. They brought Juan Francisco on board with dreams of big homer totals, but couldn’t live with his .281 OBP as a Brave. Chris Johnson was given a long-term deal despite not having long-term success. Even when a young third baseman looked…

Random Prospect Sunday – Felix Marte

In 2011, the Braves brought a group of prospects to Atlanta in mid-September to honor their Pitchers and Players of the Year. Julio Teheran was there. As was Mike Minor and Andrelton Simmons and Evan Gattis. Jose Peraza had not yet made his state-side debut, but he was there. So was Tyler Pastornicky, Randall Delgado, and Zeke Spruill. Lost among this pretty amazing group of young players was the honoree as the Player of the…