The Braves Bullpen is Better & Still Needs Help

The Atlanta Braves bullpen is both good and bad. Name a category and you’ll find the pen near the middle in bullpen rankings. Well, except for walks, but you’re probably a Braves fan. You don’t need to hear about walks from relievers. You probably have dints in your wall from watching Braves’ relievers walk a small village earlier this season. Those walks have helped several relievers have poorer numbers than how they are actually pitching…

WalkOff Talk: The Starting Rotation

In the year of our Lord 2018, the Atlanta Braves are just out of first place in the NL East. Despite an offseason that pointed mostly to 2019 as the most likely year for the Braves to contend, the guys who actually play the games didn’t get the memo. Offensively, Freddie Freeman has been his typical MVP self. Ozzie Albies is on something like a 50 HR pace. Nick Markakis thinks it’s 2010 and Ronald Acuna Jr…

Transaction Tuesday: Jose Bautista Released and Other Moves

A former superstar is released while a few new players join the system in this week’s report. The Braves also activate their starting shortstop and continue to shuffle pitchers on-and-off the major league roster. Not much top prospect movement, though. Reminder – the Dominican Summer League will get going very soon. June 2, in fact. The DSL Braves will look to improve on their 18-53 finish last year. Period covered: 5/15-5/22. If a number is…

Transaction Tuesday: Seymour Released, Riley Rising

Busy week in transactions for the Braves and this report won’t include three other moves that are reported, but not yet confirmed. One is the rumored promotion of Luiz Gohara to the majors for today’s game. As if the Braves have been reading our blog, Gohara was scratched from a Triple-A start and the plan seems to be to bring up north where they Atlanta can utilize him out of the pen. The other two…

Transaction Tuesday: Kade Scivicque Gets The Boot

Another week of transactions in the book and another surprise release. We also see some movement from the usual players who fill-in where needed along with a player being removed from the 40-man roster. Elsewhere, a player continues his rehab while another gets to see a doctor whose mere name scares Braves’ fans. Yep, it’s another weekly review of the moves up-and-down the organization. Period covered: 4/10-4/16. If a number is included after a player’s…

Gwinnett Stripers 2018 Preview

Triple-A. I’ve nearly made it to the big time. After crushing it with Rome, Florida, and Mississippi, I’ve joined Gwinnett to preview this final roster. It’s kind of exciting. Unlike the other three squads, Gwinnett didn’t play yesterday. Their first game as the “Stripers” happens this evening at 7:05 in Norfolk. Go ahead and get your stripper jokes out of your system and let’s take a look at the roster. Pitchers: Kolby Allard, Jesse Biddle,…

Transaction Tuesday: Leudys Baez & Others Released

As the opening day roster for the major league takes shape, the opening day rosters for the minor league teams are doing the same. In today’s review of this week’s moves, we have some releases throughout the organization, a couple of signings, and some players being moved around. Period Covered: 3/20-3/26. If a number is included after a player’s name, it coincides with his placement in our Preseason Top 50. For more information on options,…