Is There a 40-Man Roster Crunch?

I’m not going to bury the lede on you. No, there’s not a 40-man crunch. With the rebuilding process of collecting as many pitching prospects or injured former prospects, there have continually been situations where the Braves have had too many players for their 40-man, hence the “crunch”. But as it’s played out, there hasn’t … Continue reading “Is There a 40-Man Roster Crunch?”

Sunday Links (And the Saga of Scott Kazmir)

Sunday Links Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, and Lucas Sims all optioned to AAA You’d have hoped that at least one of the three, at this point, would have been ready to contribute in some way at the major league level. But Wisler and Sims appear to have very straight, hittable fastballs with almost no ability … Continue reading “Sunday Links (And the Saga of Scott Kazmir)”

The Baseball Case for Sending Ronald Acuna Down

When was the first time you heard of Ronald Acuna, Jr? Be honest. If you said 2014 and your name is not “Kiley McDaniel,” you’re probably lying. Acuna was signed as an international free agent in 2014. That season the Braves had limited funds to spend on the international market. Their monies were tied up … Continue reading “The Baseball Case for Sending Ronald Acuna Down”

Position Preview: Center Field – Ender Inciarte

When you think of some of core players of our future, you think of Ronald Acuna Jr, Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, a bulk of the pitchers, and maybe even Dansby Swanson. But Ender Inciarte is about as core to the rebuild as some of the previously-mentioned players. When Shelby Miller was traded, it wasn’t just … Continue reading “Position Preview: Center Field – Ender Inciarte”

Yearly Predictions Post

Every year, we ask for your predictions on several stats, dates, and milestones. With a very talented but unproven roster, there are plenty of predictions to make Braves Record: 79-83 Braves Team Leaders in: Home Runs: Freddie Freeman 31 RBI:  Freddie Freeman 100 OPS:  Freeman .950 Runs:  Ozzie Albies 100 Most ABs in the Clean-up Spot: … Continue reading “Yearly Predictions Post”

Spring Training Stats are Meaningless… but Let Me Give You A Bunch of Them

There isn’t much to be decided right now other than the 4th and 5th starter spots, who plays left field for a few weeks, some bench spots, and ultimately, how shortstop plays out in the mid- to long-term. So of the players that don’t have a solidified spot either on the roster or potentially on … Continue reading “Spring Training Stats are Meaningless… but Let Me Give You A Bunch of Them”

Positional Preview: Bullpen Locks – Vizcaino, Minter, and Freeman

It’s hard to overstate how bad the pen was last year. They were near the bottom of the league in almost every category, and with the equally poor starting rotation, they logged a lot of innings. The lack of depth meant the bullpen was taxed all year, leaving Snitker with few quality options to use … Continue reading “Positional Preview: Bullpen Locks – Vizcaino, Minter, and Freeman”

Positional Preview: Shortstop – Dansby Swanson

The Face of Atlanta, right? The Savior. The cure of the rebuild. The Commodore that will bring us back to prominence. Wait, he was promoted after 377 PAs above A-ball? And those PAs included a triple slash of .261/.342/.402? That can’t be right. Could there be a single player that best personifies how uncertain the … Continue reading “Positional Preview: Shortstop – Dansby Swanson”