Foltynewicz giving the Braves a Lift

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons How good was Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday? His second-best four-seam fastball in velocity came in the 8th inning (97.28 mph). His sinker never wavered in movement throughout the night. He had confidence in all five of his pitches, using each over the final two innings. And while it deserves to be said that the Royals offense is not that good right now, Foltynewicz made them…

Saturday Stats Pack: #WilliansWatch, Riley, Swanson, Ruiz

Going to do something different this week, though it’s actually going back to what I used to do with this series. Rather than splitting up observations by minor league affiliate, I’ll just make note of interesting stats of the particular players. Should be easier and more fun that way. In addition, feel free to check out the major league companion to this series at my other site. Topics discussed include Aaron Blair‘s opening three games,…

Full Analysis on the Braves Cuts Today

Saturday appears to be cut day for the Atlanta Braves. Last Saturday, the big takeaways were David Carpenter and Ryan Kelly being released from the organization. Today, a few releases and a number of players being optioned or reassigned. If you are unsure about the difference, if a player is on the 40-man roster, he must be optioned to the minors. Reassigned is the technical number for minor league free agents that are being sent…

Guys You Don’t Know, vol. 2

Huge game yesterday for the offense led by Mallex Smith‘s 4-for-6 game and Ozhaino Albies going 3-for-5. Both players homered while Smith finished a single short of the cycle with two triples, each of which occurred in the same inning. If only every game was like that. Still, there may have been some unknown names in the lineup so here’s a primer on the names that may have been strange. You can check yesterday’s similar…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

I’ve posted a lot of articles at my AtlantaBraves.About.com link as things start to get more active with spring training beginning. Here’s a comprehensive list of the articles over the last week or so. All article links open to a new tab/window. Braves Plan to Spend Big, but Not On Veteran Players …Instead of pooling their funds together for a big free agent splash, the Atlanta Braves might be in the act of simply waiting…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

Here’s a list of articles I wrote this week at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.Com. All article links open to a new tab/window. 5 for Monday: Spring Training, 2017 catchers, and more My weekly look at some stories that may have been missed during the previous week. Some of this week’s topics include hot prospects like Aaron Blair, Sean Newcomb, and Dansby Swanson receiving invitations to spring training; how ex-Braves like Fred McGriff and Billy Wagner…