I’ll take up the pitchers soon. About the hitters: What do you think? There aren’t a lot of holes, if Francoeur can develop somewhat.
It seems unlikely that anyone I haven’t named yet will start the season on the roster, barring injury — and probably multiple injuries. In addition to the four outfielders I’ve named, both first basemen and the probable second baseman can … Finish Reading
I didn’t want to be right about Francoeur, but there should be no surprise that he was terrible in 2006, because he was terrible down the stretch in 2005 after pitchers stopped throwing him strikes, and nobody succeeds for long … Finish Reading
For newcomers, here are the two parts of Braves Journal Andruw Theory:
1. He hits better when he’s getting hit by pitches.
2. He is wildly unpredictable during the season, but at the end of the season will put up … Finish Reading
Somebody get this man some Pictures, please. All he did last year was hit .327, including hits in ten consecutive at-bats at one point. For his pains, he is apparently going to be relegated to pinch-hit duties. Sure, he doesn’t … Finish Reading
Career batting average (in 758 PA): .254.
Career slugging percentage: .399.
Time, needless to say, is running out. Langerhans has his strengths, of course. He’s got a very good walk rate and he’s a good defensive player. So, … Finish Reading
Martin Prado will be a starting second baseman; however, this will probably be in Richmond. There just isn’t roster space for him to be a reserve in the majors, not unless someone is traded or released, but if KJ flops … Finish Reading
One of those guys we’ve always wanted the Braves to get — and now they got him! Pretty cheap, too. Wilson was drafted by the Blue Jays, traded to Pittsburgh after a year and a half. The Pirates spent several … Finish Reading
Well, that was a disaster. Orr’s batting average went from .300 in 2005 to .253, and since he’s pretty much all batting average whatever value as a hitter he had the previous year was wiped out. He wasn’t exactly a … Finish Reading
Our new first baseman, it appears, keeping the Braves at their two-Canadian quota with the departure of Reitsma. That’s the new Braves for you, they only draft southerners and Canadians. Thorman was the Braves’ first-rounder in 2000, out of an … Finish Reading