2016 Player Reviews: Matt Marksberry, Andrew McKirahan, Eric O’Flaherty

It’s Southpaw central today here at Walk-Off Walk as three lefties are up next in the 2016 Player Review series. Amazingly, there are still six sets of players left to review. Jeez, the Braves used too many players in 2016. 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 Matt…

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…

Braves Monday Roundup – Rome Goes 19, Soroka, Youth Movement

Welcome to the second Braves Monday Roundup. This series was supposed to be a way to recap the week in short fashion while freeing up Monday for a more focused look at a player or whathaveyou at my other blog, where I used to post weekly 5 for Monday articles. However, as I mentioned a few times this week, my other blog will be no more. About.com has restructured and the About Sports department got…

Eric O’Flaherty: Not the Same Guy We Remember

For a run-down on the previous week, including this pick-up, the Tyler Moore trade, Justin Upton news, Mike Foltynewicz, and more, read my column from today at atlantabraves.about.com. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Many people applauded the Braves re-acquiring lefty Eric O’Flaherty on Sunday, but is there much to praise beyond just having a familiar face around? Can O’Flaherty resemble the pitcher who was so good for the Braves from 2009 until injury ended his 2013 season…

Scouting Report – Manny Banuelos

Player: Manny Banuelos Date of Scouting Report: 1/21/16 Age: 25 in 2016 How acquired: Trade with Yankees for David Carpenter/Chasen Shreve Salary: TBD (likely prorated major league minimum) Years Before Free Agency: 6 Mike McGinnis | Getty Brief Bio: Former top prospect in the Yankees system is looking to capitalize on momentum that brought him to the majors the previous year. Injuries have always been a concern for Banuelos, who has only eclipsed the 100…

Braves Add Alex Torres

Is it fair to Alex Torres that all we know about him is that he wears a big hat/helmet? Is it fair to Alex Torres that his nickname, according to Baseball-Reference, is Dark Helmet? Is it fair to…holy crap, it’s a koozie for his hat! Tom Szczerbowski | Getty Images Sport By now, you probably have heard that the Braves have added Torres on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Torres…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL West

Time to revisit the Walk-Off Walk look around the league. Our focus this week – the AL West. Considering there were two notable deals with the AL West this offseason, you can bet we will run into a few former Braves. Houston P Brett Oberholtzer – Long ago a piece of the Michael Bourn trade, Oberholtzer has made three starts in the majors and generally looked pretty substandard. He’s also had issues with blisters on…