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11 Aug

Manny Acosta

The most-normal closer in Richmond, called up as part of the Braves’ attempt to confuse us. (It’s working!) Acosta was signed out of Panama by the Yankees as a putative 17-year-old in 1998, though his first stateside performance was in 2000. He pitched okay in the very low levels but got beat up in high-A. […]

07 Aug

Corky Miller

So fantastically uninteresting that he’s been on the team a week and I’m only now getting to him, Corky Miller really isn’t that bad of a player. That’s not to say that he’s good, but as backup catchers go you could do worse and frequently will. Drafted out of high school by the Angels, Miller […]

01 Aug

Octavio Dotel

Acquired for Kyle Davies, when (as I’ve stated before) I’d have taken anything for Davies at this point, so I’m pretty happy. As a starter, Dotel was a hot prospect in the Mets chain in the late nineties, but didn’t pitch well in his callup in 1999. After the season, the Mets traded him to […]

31 Jul

Mark Teixeira

The slugging first baseman that the Braves need, and have lacked (other than for a couple of months of LaRoche) since Andres Galarraga. Teixeira is from Maryland but played college ball at Georgia Tech, where in 2000 he was the Baseball America College Player of the Year. The Rangers made him the fifth pick in […]

09 Jul

Jo-Jo Reyes

The Braves’ top pitching prospect (having passed Matt Harrison) was drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft, out of a California high school. He pitched well in rookie ball, but in 2004 got off to a rough start in A-ball and then needed Tommy John surgery, missing the second half of that season […]

21 Jun

Wilfredo Ledezma

I really don’t see the point. The Braves, basically, traded Macay McBride for an older pitcher with a worse track record who is having a worse season. Ledezma, a Venezuelan, was signed by the Red Sox in 1998 at the putative age of 17. He pitched pretty well in rookie ball but had a tough […]

07 Jun

Blaine Boyer

The Braves’ third-round draft pick in 2000 and one of approximately 3,000 Atlanta-area high school pitchers the team has taken over the last decade, Boyer slowly rose through the system as a starter, not doing anything particularly spectacular but never embarrassing himself, until he was in Mississippi in 2005. When the bullpen was desperate for […]

02 Jun

Yunel Escobar

A Cuban defector, listed at 24 but who knows if that’s his real age? Unlike most Cubans, he went through the draft process and was chosen by the Braves in the second round in 2005. For some reason they assigned him to Rookie ball even though he was already allegedly 22 and had been playing […]

25 May

Buddy Carlyle

Expected to be called up to make the start on Saturday. Cormier is supposed to be ready the next time the fifth slot comes up, so unless Carlyle is lights out it will probably be his only chance for now. Carlyle was a second round pick of the Reds out of an Omaha high school […]

21 May

Martin Prado

Just a guy, not a player who pushes you to a championship but not one who drags you away, making him a better bet than the other backup infielders around here. Prado has little power but hits for a decent average and will take the occasional walk. Was hitting .301/.370/.390 in Richmond but that’s not […]

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