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The Braves signed Luis Durango this offseason as a minor league free agent, and invited him to spring camp. Looking at Durango's skills overall, he reminds me a lot of someone else that will be in camp, but on the 40-man roster: Jose Constanza. Durango has gotten brief cups of coffee in the majors over the last three seasons with the Padres and Astros, and has really only shown two skill: speed, and plate discipline. In his 39 games in the majors, mostly coming in off the bench, Durango has just a .653 OPS, not logging one extra base hit over his 74 plate appearances. However, he's walked seven times (9.5% walk rate) and has stolen seven bases, being caught just once.Comparing the 25 (soon to be 26) year-old to Constanza's stint in the majors this past year, you get a sense that Durango is a lesser version of Constanza. Constanza received 119 plate appearances last season, his only career major league action, and had a .724 OPS. He walked six times (5.0%), and stole seve...
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Joe Terdoslavich, 1B: The 6-foot-1 switch-hitter had a monster season for High-A Lynchburg in 2011 as he batted .286 with 52 doubles, 20 home...
The Atlanta Braves were a playoff team in 2011 until the final day of the season when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies then were eliminated by the St Louis Cardinals in a one game playoff. After having a 9 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card on August 25th, the Braves blew their lead. There was good news for Atlanta though. Craig Kimbrel emerged as a closer and won the Rookie of...
If you think Craig Kimbrel will be affected by the events of Sept. 28, 2011, dont worry.
He has a closers mentality.
He lives moment-by-moment, pitch-by-pitch, inch-by-inch, mph-by-mph. What happens one day wont affect tomorrow.
Thats the mindset you have to have as a closer, when you pitch on the edge, when one misplaced fastball can result in a win or a save or a loss.
Today at Georgia Tech, Braves GM Frank Wren and Scouting Director John Coppolella were giving a guest lecture in a sports analytics class. The lecture gave an inside look into the Braves operations, and some of their analytical tools. Nothing too note-worthy came out of it, aside from the fact that the Braves use a stat called DOM to evaluate pitchers. DOM is thought of by the organization...
Michael Bourn is about as sure a thing as you can get in fantasy sports. You know you’re getting 50+ steals along with at least a .270 batting average, .340 on-base percentage and 90 runs aka Brett Gardner last year. Now that he’s on the Braves, you can probably tack on about 10 more runs and that .270 batting average is an absolute floor — he’s hit over .280 twice in the...
Tommy Hanson was hesitant when Braves Minor League physical therapist Troy Jones suggested that he alter his awkward delivery. But after thinking about it for a couple months, Hanson returned to Turner Field during the early days of January and told pitching coach Roger McDowell that he wanted to make the change.
A roster of outstanding starting pitching should allow the Atlanta Braves to be well positioned for a run at the National League East title.
By Jim Pratt
Editor’s note: Last week in part-1 of his look at the 2014 Braves, Jim Pratt gave us a look at the Braves infield of the future. See part-1 here
Continuing our look at the Braves roster of the future, today we forecast the 2014 Atlanta outfield.
Outside of who will replace Chipper Jones at third base once he decides to start the clock on his Hall of Fame candidacy...
The second in a series: The Braves are loaded with pitchingClick the title to read more.Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.
From Star News Online
Baseball in Wilmington would get a drastic makeover if the city can reach a deal to build a new stadium and bring in a minor league franchise from the Atlanta Braves.
Those in the athletic department at UNCW are waiting with tempered excitement, scrutinizing the potential a new stadium could bring to its already successful baseball program.