Random Former Prospect Sunday – Elvis Andrus

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…

TOT: Tim Hudson’s Arrives at a Small Price

Transaction of Today…December 16, 2004 – The Atlanta Braves traded Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas to the Oakland Athletics for Tim Hudson. 2003 was the year things changed for the Braves. While they scored 907 runs, a modern franchise record, things weren’t great in Atlanta. John Schuerholz and company had tried to build a staff for the future by signing Paul Byrd and trading for Russ Ortiz and Mike Hampton to join Kevin…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Gorkys Hernandez

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…

Thursday Throwback – Charlie Morton

(This column used to be called Random Ex-Brave.) The 2008 starting staff for the Braves didn’t seem terrible on the surface, but it took little time to blow up and with it, any chance the Braves could make a run at the playoffs. Tim Hudson got the opening day start in Washington with Tom Glavine following in the next game. Nate McLouth homered and drove in four in that game – more on him later.…

Random Ex-Brave: Freddy Garcia

His career with the Braves lasted just 27.1 regular season innings, but Freddy Garcia humorously became a part of Braves lore by uttering a simple statement. “I just make pitch.” Yes, Freddy, that you do. Stephen Dunn | Getty Images Garcia originally arrived in the majors in 1999 for a Seattle pitching staff that was still looking for answers in the post-Randy Johnson world. Speaking of the Big Unit, that’s how Garcia joined the Mariners…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL West

This week’s return to Once a Brave focuses on a division with a lot of ex-Braves. The Braves have completed two deals with the D’Backs since March, two with the Dodgers since May, one with the Rockies, and a pair of pretty big deals with the Padres. Therefore, we have a lot of NL West guys to check in on. As usual, this list is not exhaustive and if you catch a player I missed,…

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…