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…

The Nick Markakis signing

December 15, 2014 Chris Jervis 0

Last month the Atlanta Braves traded talented young right fielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals, creating an opening in the outfield. I wrote at the time that the deal was a sound business move, even if it was one that saddened me a little. That trade led to speculation about who would play…

A Requiem for Cory Gearrin

November 13, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Earlier this week the Braves parted ways with reliever Cory Gearrin, dropping the occupied portion of the 40 man roster to 36. Gearrin was an effective closer at Mercer University here in Georgia, and was a fairly high draft pick, going 138th overall (4th round) in the 2007 draft. He signed quickly and played rookie…

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