AJ Pierzynski re-signed

November 22, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

11/11/15 - Atlanta signs free agent C A.J. Pierzynski to a 1 year, $2,000,000 deal, plus a $1,000,000 signing bonus, plus incentives. Hey look, a move we all kind of saw coming! https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/664616546401169408 The incentives are pretty significant, so let's sum them up with this - while it's a gradual buildup to this number, if…

AJ & Christian

June 16, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

There's a lot of debate going on right now among Braves fans about the decision to option Christian Bethancourt to AAA and bring up Ryan Lavarnway. On the surface, one would immediately think... why is there debate about this? Bethancourt has a wRC+ of 40, swings at 48% of pitches outside the strike zone, and…

Measuring Bat Speed with Statcast

May 14, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Thanks to the excellent baseballsavant.com, some Statcast data is finally starting to accumulate. Go over there, look through their stats. It's good stuff. I'm focusing on their batted ball leaderboard. Looking at players which Statcast has seen for at least 20 at-bats, here are Braves hitters ranked by the average speed of the ball when…

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