Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 3

February 28, 2017 Andy Harris 0

At last we come to the end of the Braves System Depth series, looking at the most volatile and unpredictable part of any farm system -- lower level relievers. The line between minor league relief pitcher and car salesman is a thin one, and most major league relievers were actually starting pitchers at the lower minor…

Spring Training: Atlanta Braves Week-in-Review, February 26

February 26, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Braves Opens Grapefruit League Schedule with a "W" Saturday marked the start of the Grapefruit League spring training game schedule for Atlanta, and the Braves got off on a good foot with a 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves started the game with what could very much be the Opening Day line-up (minus…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 2

February 22, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The mid-level minor league affiliates are awash in relievers taken in the middle to late rounds of the 2015 and 2016 drafts as the Braves have done a really nice job scouring smaller colleges to fill out their minor league bullpens with intriguing arms. While there will be the usual amount of minor league free…

Spring Training: Atlanta Braves Week-in-Review, February 19

February 19, 2017 Andy Harris 3

Welcome to the first Spring Training Week-in-Review for 2017! Tuesday, February 14 was the mandatory reporting deadline for Braves pitchers and catchers, and Friday, February 17 was the reporting deadline for position players, though most had trickled in early over the course of the week. Here were the stories of the first week of camp…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 1

February 18, 2017 Andy Harris 0

It's the bottom of the ninth for my review of Braves system depth leading up to the start of Grapefruit League action. Next up I'll be looking at the Braves relief pitchers, and Part 1 will examine the pitchers I project for the Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves. Over the last two seasons an astounding 52…

Answers On The Fly: Return of the Return of the Mailbag

February 17, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Answers On The Fly: A Reader Mailbag Welcome to Answers On The Fly. Answers On The Fly is our reader mailbag feature in which our writers give insight into questions fans are asking. After a lengthy absence due to real world happenings, the feature has returned to its regular weekly spot. Fans from all over the Greater…

Brandon Phillips Comes Home

February 13, 2017 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta trades LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo to Cincinnati for 2B Brandon Phillips and $13M With January's sad news of Sean Rodriguez' family car accident, the Braves realized Rodriguez might not be ready for the 2017 season. It seems worse than that, and Rodriguez reportedly will be out 3-5 months with shoulder surgery.…

Hot Stove: Atlanta Braves Week-in-Review, February 12

February 12, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Welcome to the final Hot Stove Week-in-Review of the offseason! Tuesday there will be pitchers and catchers in Orlando doing baseball player type things. Spring training is so close you can smell the pine tar, freshly-cut grass, and complaining beat writers. But the dying embers of the hot stove burned just enough to get us…

Braves System Depth: Starting Pitching, Part 3

February 10, 2017 Andy Harris 2

We don't want a window, we want waves. -John Coppolella, General Manager of the Atlanta Braves This is the third and final part of my look at the Braves organizational starting pitching depth, this time focusing on the lower minor league levels, class A Rome and the rookie league Danville Braves. As with the other…

Braves System Depth: Starting Pitchers, Part 2

February 7, 2017 Andy Harris 1

Definition of a good problem to have: the Braves have so much talent in the minor leagues that it's difficult to find spots for everyone. As the saying goes, these things have a tendency to take care of themselves, but here in early February with no injuries and no poor performances it's a tough job to…

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