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”
Alls I’m sayin’ is, it’s spring. Rebirth. Season of hope. Trust your team’s people and all that.
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)”
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)”
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”
Orange line = PAs per month Blue area = OPS per month Zero values indicate injury or being sent down.
The former Future All Star/Next Andruw Jones/Suspended for PEDs/Home Run in his First AB/F@%*ing Success/Traded to and Released by the LAstros, was the 25th man on the roster last season. It was presumed he would be released or traded by the time Brian McCann came off the DL. Really, it seemed his most important role … Continue reading “Jordan Schafer”
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”
Not that I think there should be a limit on the Andrelton love, but that thread was getting a little long. So here’s a new thread about Ryan Doumit. Ryan Doumit came up as a catcher in the Pirates organization. As an offensive catcher, he had a reasonably good stick. As a defensive catcher, he … Continue reading “Ryan Doumit”
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”