Yangervis Solarte: Possible Braves Target?

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “San Diego Padres”) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the San Diego Padres “continues to aggressively shop third baseman Yangervis Solarte.” If so, you have to imagine that Braves general manager John Coppolella has reached out. And if he hasn’t, Coppy, you better get on it. A three-year veteran, Solarte was a bit of a late bloomer…

2016 Player Reviews: Chaz Roe, Rio Ruiz, Shae Simmons

I see an end to this series, though it keeps getting pushed back as the Braves add players. Today, I take a look at three players who could all be on next year’s opening day roster. Did you miss the last edition? I got your back. Want to catch up on all of the series? I have you covered as well. *Ages reflect the player’s age on opening day, 2017. Chaz Roe, RHP, 30 years-old…

Braves Can McDowell

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons After eleven seasons spanning three managers, Roger McDowell will no longer be the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves. For a franchise that rarely sees turnover in the coaching staff, the last several months have been a change-of-pace. The in-season firing of Fredi Gonzalez, the very real chance that the interim manager Brian Snitker won’t be in charge in 2017, and now McDowell’s dismissal…

2016 Player Reviews: Jed Bradley, Mauricio Cabrera, Daniel Castro

Yesterday, I began a new series in my return to active writing. Over the next several weeks, I will continue to review a number of players who have been on the roster this season for the Braves and could continue with the team in 2017. Read the previous set of player reviews or click here for the entire series. Jed Bradley, LHP, 26 years-old 2016 Review: Sometimes, things just sort of work out. After languishing…

Transaction Tuesday: Allard, Shae, Kinman, Pache

These moves happened between May 31 and June 6. Check out the previous week’s recap. Gwinnett Braves Promoted (from MIS): Brad Roney…A righty out of Southern Miss in 2014, Roney is another of those exciting arms who has off-the-charts stuff, but doesn’t always know where it’s going. In fact, he rarely does. Last year, he struck out 70 in 48.1 innings, but also walked 35, hit six batters, and uncorked six wild pitches. More of…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #3

Halfway home in this series as I alternate back to the “Best” side with a draft that produced just two established major leagues so far, but their impact on the Braves is significant. 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 3rd Best Draft Since 2000 – The 2007 Draft Credit:…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #4

Time to try to push out the final seven of this series. The good news is that three of them are already written so expect me to polish up the 3rd Worst for publishing later today. Today’s choice is a bit nuts since it hasn’t even produced a major league talent yet, but I am a big fan. Clearly. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 |…