About Micah Smith
LIttle known fact: during the infamous Outfield Fly ruling, I was doubled over on the floor thinking I was headed to the hospital because I took a bite of a ghost pepper and it was burning a hole through my guts. It was an all around bad day. Moral of the story: Trust people when they say ghost peppers are too hot for you to eat! And record the game in case of emergency. I also have a great family, good job in university research, and love the Braves.

Which Teams Match Up For Brandon Phillips Deadline Trade?

July 27, 2017 Micah Smith 9

As anyone reading this knows, Major League Baseball’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline is July 31, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST. Before that deadline, teams are free to finalize trades with no extra hoops to jump through. For the Atlanta Braves, there have been deals (Jamie Garcia to the Twins) and rumors of deals (in with Sonny…

Despite Blown Saves, Jim Johnson Doesn’t Blow

July 8, 2017 Micah Smith 0

Jim Johnson blew another save. It was his MLB leading 7th blown save of 2017. Beyond that, the circumstances of this particular lost opportunity could not have been worse. The Braves were on the verge of taking the second game in a four-game series against the division leading Nationals. If the Braves have any chance…

An Alternate Method for Defining an Ace

July 5, 2017 Micah Smith 0

Recently, I defined and identified the “aces” of major league baseball using a statistical methodology with a very high bar a pitcher must reach in order to be considered an "ace." Doing so, I identified only five current aces along with four pitchers who have the potential to be an emerging ace. Read all about…

OFR Analytics: Who Qualifies as MLB’s “Ace” Pitchers?

July 3, 2017 Micah Smith 1

"Ace" is a term thrown around a lot in baseball discussions. But what defines an ace? And who are the current aces in MLB? Join me as I define the term and objectively determine which pitchers rightly deserve the title. Defining an Ace Every team wants an ace to lead its staff. Looking back from…

Braves Prospect Ozzie Albies is Ready for Atlanta

July 2, 2017 Micah Smith 3

There is much excitement around Atlanta Braves Country these days. More excitement than I can recall for a team that hasn’t been above .500 at any point in the first half of the season. But the excitement is not totally unwarranted. The Braves played well in June, finishing 16-12 for the month thanks to a…

Ronald Acuna is Struggling… and That’s a Good Thing

June 14, 2017 Micah Smith 2

Ronald Acuna is one of the top prospects in baseball. Outfield Fly Rule’s prospect guru Andy Harris ranked Ronald Acuna 10th before the season, saying, "he possesses perhaps the highest ceiling of any Braves position player (second possibly to Kevin Maitan)." He continued to gush over him in his 33% prospect review. Baseball America ranks him the…

Hall of Fame 2017: Micah’s Ballot

December 23, 2016 Micah Smith 0

What is it that makes a baseball player worthy of the Hall of Fame? The more I think about it in context of the players on the ballot this year, the more complicated the answer becomes. Many words have been shared here at Outfield Fly Rule. Smart words about stats - traditional and advanced -…

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