Reviewing Hart’s Trades: Callaspo for Uribe

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 the season in our rear view, it’s time to start reviewing each one of…

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,…

See ya, Todd Cunningham!

It was a bit of an odd development on Friday to learn that Todd Cunningham had been waived by the Atlanta Braves – let alone lost on waivers to the Angels. After all, it was kind of those moves that the Braves didn’t have to make, chose to make, and it makes zero sense from the outside. It’s like deciding to throw away the milk a week before its expiration date. Sure, you bought new…

Jonny Gomes Pitching Was More Than a Novelty

Some so-and-so’s on Twitter voiced their displeasure of Jonny Gomes pitching Friday night. “Embarrassing,” they called it. Using Gomes was “making a mockery of the game.” Don’t get me wrong – Gomes looked awful on the mound and every bit of a guy who has never pitched a game in his life (which he hadn’t). His pitching motion evolved during the inning with him suddenly deciding to do a Luis Tiant-impression. His pitches confused Gamecast…

Happy birthday, Julio!

Today is Julio Franco‘s 57th birthday. Yes, he’s just 57. Isn’t that an odd idea that someone can only be just 57? It was 2001 that Franco magically arrived on the team. After letting Andres Galarraga leave, the Atlanta Braves made the decision that Rico Brogna was their guy at first base. Rico had been a productive player between 1995-1999, bashing 20 homers four times, but Brogna was a Brave because he was cheap. He…

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…

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand (March 29 Final Edition)

Time to make one last 25-man roster prediction for the season. By this time next week, we will know what the roster is finally. It’s been as wide-open as any spring in recent memory and I am willing to bet at least two of the guys I have on the 25-man won’t be there when the season opens. But…hey, gotta try to guess. Although, the Braves threw me a curveball when a guy I thought…