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 Saturday Stats Pack – Mallex, Flowers, Teheran, Vizzy

Back by no demand is this week’s Saturday Stats Pack. Later on this afternoon, expect a minor league version of this series. Just a reminder that when I use Baseball-Reference Play Index, the data goes back to 1913 in many cases. By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons A Different 20/20 Club No one doubts that Mallex Smith is a fast baserunner, but with a 50% stolen base rate in his first…

“It feels like every move has backfired.”

By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Today, The Hardball Times published an article by Alex Remington titled “How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves.” It’s a long look into the current team, with many fans chiming in with their assorted disappointment. “I hate these guys,” one suggests. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing,” ponders another. And then there is…

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…

Braves Cut Three More Relievers

I went over this a little in today’s 5 for Monday post at my other site. Give it a read as it also touches on the rotation (especially Jhoulys Chacin), spring training stats, the 2016 draft, the road back for Jason Grilli and Mike Foltynewicz, and others odds and ends. —- Rob Carr/Getty Images The Braves continued their quick and decisive series of cuts on Monday morning, adding Matt Marksberry and Chris Withrow to the…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – J.R. Graham

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…

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…