Braves Offseason Priorities in a Post-Coppy World

October 9, 2017 Andy Harris 1

On Sunday, October 1, I posted a comedy piece on this very website that said the Braves top offseason priority was trading Matt Kemp to open up a starting outfield spot for Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna. Now, at the time I didn't realize it was comedy. But like the clueless dad on a typical…

Spring Training: Atlanta Braves Week-in-Review, March 12

March 12, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The Braves played six games this week with 2 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie in 10 innings against St. Louis on Sunday.  The Braves made their first cuts of the spring, and some Braves players made their way to the World Baseball Classic for some actual competition. But first, a look at the bullpen and…

Spring Training: Atlanta Braves Week-in-Review, March 5

March 5, 2017 Andy Harris 2

The Braves played eight games in seven days of real Grapefruit League action. Their record is 2-7, but most fans realize the record is much less important than how individuals are doing, especially those fighting for roster spots. So let's take a look. Bullpen Locks: RH Jim Johnson, RH Arodys Vizcaino, RH Mauricio Cabrera Likely: RH Jose…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 3

February 28, 2017 Andy Harris 0

At last we come to the end of the Braves System Depth series, looking at the most volatile and unpredictable part of any farm system -- lower level relievers. The line between minor league relief pitcher and car salesman is a thin one, and most major league relievers were actually starting pitchers at the lower minor…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 2

February 22, 2017 Andy Harris 0

The mid-level minor league affiliates are awash in relievers taken in the middle to late rounds of the 2015 and 2016 drafts as the Braves have done a really nice job scouring smaller colleges to fill out their minor league bullpens with intriguing arms. While there will be the usual amount of minor league free…

Braves System Depth: Relief Pitching, Part 1

February 18, 2017 Andy Harris 0

It's the bottom of the ninth for my review of Braves system depth leading up to the start of Grapefruit League action. Next up I'll be looking at the Braves relief pitchers, and Part 1 will examine the pitchers I project for the Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves. Over the last two seasons an astounding 52…

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