Random Prospect Sunday – Mallex Smith

When I reviewed the trade that sent outfielder Justin Upton to San Diego, I wrote this about outfielder Mallex Smith. “There are some who love him, some who aren’t super impressed. I’m part of the latter group. I acknowledge he’s a decent enough prospect and might be a better player than I right now feel he’s capable of.” Stacy Revere | Getty Images Sport I later came around on him a little to rank him…

Howdy, Edwin!

The surprising thing about the signing of Edwin Jackson isn’t that the rebuilding Braves picked him up. It’s that it took 13 years for it to happen. Maybe I’m alone in this, but it’s seemed like Jackson was due to be a Brave several times before, but it finally took a former Brave (Rafael Soriano) joining the Cubs to make it happen. Jon Durr | Getty Images Jackson broke into the majors as a top…

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…

Random Ex-Brave: Nate McLouth

One of the strange things to hurt Frank Wren as general manager was the inexplicable fall from grace by several players that he either traded for or signed as a free agent. Melvin Upton Jr. and Dan Uggla might stand out the most, but Nate McLouth can’t be overlooked. He was supposed to be the guy who brought stability to center field – where there was none. He was supposed to provide some production at…

Bill Shanks Gets It Wrong On How Ken Rosenthal Gets It Wrong

It’s important when you write up an article to directly attack another article’s findings to understand the scope of the latter article. After all, when you muddle the issue with a variety of findings that have nothing to do with the original article, you are destroying your credibility to simply focus on what is at hand. Today’s example – Bill Shanks, of Scout.com, recently penned “Ken Rosenthall Gets It Wrong on the Braves.” By its…

Let’s Rationalize Nick Markakis

In an offseason of rebuilding that has sent young veterans packing for prospects, John Hart has done a nice job rebuilding a farm system on a fly while improving the financial freedom of the organization to re-enter the free agent market to supplement the youth when the time calls for it. It’s been a marvel that has turned the system from barren to envious in less than six short months. Yet there has been a…