Julio Teheran

With the exception of Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran is the most important player in the Braves organization. Thanks to a winter spending spree, the Braves have both locked up through 2020 (in Teheran’s case, it’s a club option). After spending the better part of a decade on prospect lists, Julio Teheran was very, very good … Continue reading “Julio Teheran”

Jason Heyward (by ububba)

Will Jason Heyward finally break out with a full and healthy season of all-star offense to match his all-world defense? Will he ever put together the kind of year that both the numbers-counters and advanced-metric types agree upon? Trust me, you can make yourself crazy trying to figure it out. Since his eye-opening, 6.4-WAR rookie … Continue reading “Jason Heyward (by ububba)”

Justin Upton (by ububba)

On January 24, 2013, the Braves acquired LF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Martin Prado, pitcher Randall Delgado, and three minor leaguers. For the very short term—as in, a single season, let’s say—it could be considered one of the better trades in franchise history. While CJ defied prevailing … Continue reading “Justin Upton (by ububba)”

Ervin Santana

Well, THAT was quick. A day after announcing that Kris Medlen’s MRI revealed elbow ligament damage and conceding that Medlen, Beachy, and Minor might all open the season on the Disabled List, Frank Wren managed to sign the best pitcher still available on the market to a one-year, $14.1 million pillow deal. (David O’Brien notes … Continue reading “Ervin Santana”

Mike Minor

You just can’t oversell Mike Minor. In addition to being an outstanding product of that fine private university up Nashville way; in addition to providing the Braves with a “true #1” anchor to their rotation; in addition to making all the young girls swoon; Minor also provides endless hours of Keith Law punching. “Roy Clark … Continue reading “Mike Minor”

Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons is the best defensive player in baseball. He’s the first Brave to win that title by acclamation since the heyday of Andruw Jones, and in related news, Braves pitchers allowed fewer runs per game — 3.38 — than any other team in baseball. In fact, that’s the third-lowest total in franchise history, behind only … Continue reading “Andrelton Simmons”