2016 Player Reviews: Mallex Smith, Dansby Swanson, Julio Teheran

Today’s player reviews is a biggy (or should I say today’s trio of players are bigly important?). Three exciting players at three different junctures of their careers. One is trying to establish himself as a major league option. Another may have already done that and now, we wonder what more can he become? The other is about to be a five-year major league veteran and has given us a solid floor of what we ought…

2016 Player Reviews: Ian Krol, Blake Lalli, Nick Markakis

Well, I had hoped to get this series finished before the end of the playoffs. Apparently, small goals like that are a bit too much. Hopefully, after the last few weeks I’ve had, I can schedule some writing as we transition into November so that I am getting back to a regular gig. With that in mind, let’s get back on these player reviews before more of these players get traded or released. Did you…

Braves Monday Roundup – Fort Bragg, Sims, Trades

Welcome to the return of the Monday Roundup. Haven’t been able to do this in a couple of weeks, but glad to be getting back into my regular posting schedule. For returnee fans, I plan to post the rest of my Best/Worst Draft series over the next few days leading up to the MLB Draft on Thursday. I hope you guys are enjoying the series – I know I enjoy writing about it. Once it’s…

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…

Braves Saturday Stats Pack – Markakis, Teheran, Vizzy

This article used to be a staple of my time at AtlantaBraves.About.com, but with my contract with the company ending – and their sports department being blown up – I’ll continue the series here. Homers < Wins Over the history of baseball, winning more games than you homer is not a grand accomplishment. After all, before the introduction of smaller ballparks, expansion, and the realization that chicks dig the long ball, homeruns were not celebrated…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack (4/16/16)

In this week’s Saturday Stats Pack, I take a look at the continued improvement from a third baseman prospect who languished last year, a starter making his return from double knee surgery, and a converted shortstop on who is on fire. Remember to check out this week’s major league Saturday Stats Pack where I looked at Nick Markakis‘s tear last week, Jhoulys Chacin‘s debut, and some team stats related to the early struggles this year.…

Reviewing Hart’s Trades: The Justin Upton Blockbuster

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…