2015 Falcons Draft: WR Justin Hardy

June 5, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

When the Falcons released Harry Douglas, it was sad but made sense. Douglas was a guy you always had to like. A tough player who always seemed to enjoy the game. He also stepped up in a big way when Julio Jones dealt with injuries. Douglas was exactly what you want in a #3 WR.…

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…

2015 Falcons Draft: Tevin Coleman, RB

May 8, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

It's no secret that the Falcons needed a running back. With the departure of Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, the team entered the draft with only 2014 4th round pick Devonta Freeman and deep threat receiving back Antone Smith in the fold. Rather than pursue the two big name first round backs, Atlanta waited until…

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…

Braves sign Zoilo Almonte

November 11, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

On Monday the Braves signed free agent OF Zoilo Almonte to a one year major league deal. Here's what you need to know. The Terms The terms are still mostly unknown aside from the length - 1 year. You have to imagine the money is on the low end, so I doubt the details matter…

Grading the 2014 Atlanta Braves position players…

October 6, 2014 Chris Jervis 5

Well, the nightmare that was the Atlanta Braves' 2014 season has ended. The Braves finished the season with a 79-83, finishing below .500 for only the 4th time since 1990. Their swoon was capped by a 7-18 September that ended the remote shot they had at a Wild Card spot. The disappointing result has led…

Frank Wren: A Retrospective – Part I

September 29, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

With Frank Wren's tenure now at an end, I felt it time for a comprehensive move-by-move look at his time as General Manager in Atlanta.  This will be lengthy, because comprehensive means comprehensive.  Let's start at the beginning.  Wren was promoted to GM on October 11, 2007, replacing John Schuerholz, who was moving up the…

Optimizing the Braves batting order

May 5, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Any time teams struggle to score runs, the masses start clamoring for changes.  So far I've heard: Fire the hitting coaches!  They may or may not be contributing to Atlanta's scoring woes, but they're not going anywhere. Fire Dan Uggla!  There's a worthy debate as to whether or not it's time to bench Uggla in…

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