About Andy Harris
Andy Harris has been a baseball fan since seeing the Big Red Machine in 1978 and hardcore baseball fan since reading Bill James's Historical Baseball Abstract in 1990. Andy moved to the Atlanta area in 1991, which turned out to be a pretty good year for the local team.

OFR 2017 Atlanta Braves Minor League Awards

September 15, 2017 Andy Harris 0

From fabulous suburban Atlanta it's the inaugural... Outfield Fly Rule Atlanta Braves Minor League Awards!     Our blue ribbon panel of minor league baseball experts* have toiled behind the scenes to winnow all of the Braves minor league performances and bring to you our picks for the best of the 2017 minor league season…

Post-Season Minor League Top 30 Prospect Review

September 13, 2017 Andy Harris 0

None of the Braves minor league affiliates are chasing a ring in the playoffs this season, but when it comes to prospect progression, the 2017 season probably couldn't have gone much better. The Braves have matriculated five of the pre-season OFR Top 30 prospects to the majors and have aggressively pushed most of their other…

Rebuild Case Study Part 3: Pittsburgh Pirates

September 6, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Other case studies in this series: Kansas City Royals Washington Nationals Amazingly the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of baseball's oldest and most storied franchises, has not won a multi-game playoff series since Willie Stargell and the "We Are Family" crew upset the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series. In the early '90s, the Pirates went…

Get To Know a Call-Up: Luiz Gohara

September 5, 2017 Andy Harris 0

While Ronald Acuna has deservedly gotten a lot of attention for his remarkable ascension through three levels of the minor leagues this season, there's been a Braves pitcher that has accomplished the same feat and stands poised to make his major league debut. The Player Luiz Gohara, LHP Age: 21 OFR Rank: 8 2017 Level:…

Braves Transactions 8/31/17: The Brandon Phillips Trade

September 1, 2017 Andy Harris 0

Traded IF Brandon Phillips and cash to the Los Angeles Angels for C Tony Sanchez I Used To Love Her The Braves traded for the 36-year-old Brandon Phillips on the cusp of spring training, hot on the heels of an evaluation on Sean Rodriguez's shoulder that he would have to have surgery to repair damage…

Get to Know a Call-Up: David Freitas

August 30, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The Braves made a roster move today, sending starting catcher Tyler Flowers to the disabled list for a left hand contusion, and purchasing the contract of Gwinnett catcher David Freitas, who will make his major league debut as a 28-year-old. The Player David Freitas, C Age: 28 Bats: R OFR Rank: N/A 2017 Level: AAA…

Get To Know a Call-Up: A.J. Minter

August 23, 2017 Andy Harris 0

On August 5, the Braves took the field with their spring training caps, featuring a lone tomahawk on a field of blue. The symbolism was obvious; the rest of the season was for all intents and purposes like extended spring training. The team would be evaluating players to see who would could be expected to…

Get To Know a Call-Up: Dan Winkler

August 21, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The Player Dan Winkler, RHP Age: 27 2017 Level: AAA Gwinnett (rehab assignment) The┬áResults 5.14 ERA, 4.06 FIP 14 G, 0 GS 14 IP 2.57 BB/9 9.00 SO/9 (rehab assignments at class A, A+, and AAA) The History Winkler was a 20th-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 draft, and started getting…

Rebuild Case Study Part 2: Washington Nationals

August 16, 2017 Andy Harris 3

Other case studies in this series: Kansas City Royals Look, I know very few of any readers of this blog are big Walgreen Nationals fans, so I'm asking a lot of you all to read through this one. I wouldn't bother except the Nationals did go through a pretty impressive rebuild, but one that has…

Get To Know a Guy Just Traded Away: Andrew Albers

August 12, 2017 Andy Harris 1

Late Friday it was announced that Gwinnett starter Andrew Albers was traded by the Braves to the Seattle Mariners for "cash considerations". I had this "Get To Know a Call-Up" in the can for him since June to be ready in the event of a call-up, but I hate to let words go to waste,…

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