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24 Feb

Julio Teherán: Our New Niekro? (by Ububba)

Did you know there are only 14 players from Colombia in Major-League history? Certainly, World Series hero Edgar Renteria (32.1 WAR) would be the most accomplished. But outside of him, only fellow infielder Orlando Cabrera (21.4) merits much mention. Both played for seven different clubs, and they enjoyed long, relatively lucrative careers, not to mention […]

20 Feb

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman earned the nickname The Offense last year, and this offseason has done nothing to make one suspect anyone will challenge him for that title for a long, long time. While the Braves have apparently shifted their attention from trying to acquire every pitcher they can get their hands on to stockpiling catchers, organizational […]

18 Feb

Luis Avilan

Luis Avilan is one of the few holdovers from last year’s bullpen, but that means very little other than he’s one of the few guys I’ll recognize in Spring Training pictures. That being said, since his name is not Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, or Julio Teheran (and maybe Alex Wood or Craig Kimbrel), he may […]

02 Feb

A Longer Note On Kelly Johnson

The Braves signed Kelly Johnson to a minor league deal last week, and though he’s not assured of anything but an invite to spring training and a chance to compete for a bench spot, we’re going to write him up here. This was supposed to be Brandon Beachy’s writeup, but that’s not happening, so we’re […]

30 Jan

Craig Kimbrel: Total Dominance, Unending Questions (by Ububba)

A Scenario: It’s a Tuesday and you’re Craig Kimbrel. You haven’t warmed up in a game since last Wednesday when you helped salvage that getaway-day win in Cincy. It’s only seven weeks into the season… and you see where it’s going. The trade deadline’s still way off, but you wonder how much longer you’ll be […]

23 Jan

B.J. Upton

B.J. Upton’s first two years in Atlanta have been famously, catastrophically bad, and I’m not going to linger too long on the specific numerical details of it. Mostly because after two years, we’ve passed the point where B.J. Upton is evaluated as a baseball player, and we’ve moved on to B.J. Upton the symbol. For […]

19 Jan

Evan Gattis

I’m on a long-running group text thread with about 12 of my friends, and one schtick I’ve been on for the past two summers is to post “EVAN GATTIS” in all caps whenever I’m watching or listening to a Braves game and El Oso puts one in the seats. It started because I was bragging […]

07 Jan

Where Do We Go From Here: Chris Johnson (by Smitty)

You could make an argument that in each of his first two years with the team, Chris Johnson’s performance has been the Braves’ biggest surprise. Chris Johnson was brought over in the Great Justin Upton Heist of 2013. The Braves felt Juan Francisco was in need of a right handed platoon partner to help replace Chipper Jones and tricked […]

05 Jan

Phil Gosselin (by Rusty S.)

After 4 unremarkable minor league seasons, Phil Gosselin had an eye opening 2014 in his second tour at AAA Gwinnett. Gosselin, who turns 27 in October, batted .344/.379/.487 in a not insignificant 378 at bats. Promoted to Atlanta, Gosselin held his own with a .266/.310/.320 line in 128 at bats. The Braves 2010 5th round […]

30 Dec

Christian Bethancourt (by Rusty S.)

With the signing of A.J. Pierzynski as a 3rd catcher, the Braves appear to be serious about moving Evan Gattis to left field, thus surrendering the offensive competitive advantage they have enjoyed at catcher for the past 20 years. Since 1994, apart from 2 years of Johnny Estrada, the Braves have started sluggers Javy Lopez, […]

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