Found February 04, 2012 on
In 2010, Jason Heyward turned heads with a very solid season as a 20-year-old rookie. His PSR was even in the top 100, so many thought we were looking at the next big thing in fantasy baseball. Well, a combination of injuries and regression hurt his 2011 value, and he ended up ranking a very poor 376th. The good news is that Heyward is still only 21 years old and has plenty of time to develop into a big-time, MLB hitter. The bad news? He has battled injuries for two seasons now and we can’t help but draw cross-sport comparisons with Greg Oden. Let’s hope that’s not the case.
Best case scenario: Justin Upton (ARI)
Similar players: Michael Cuddyer (COL), Nick Swisher (NYY), Corey Hart (MIL)
Worst case scenario: Shoulder injury comes back
Plate discipline, power, age. His plate discipline took a step backwards last season, but he still has an above average career O-Swing% (26.1%) and OBP (.362), especially for someone his age. Also, his raw power is drool-inducing when you c...
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Injured reliever Peter Moylan and four of the Braves' top prospects are among the 21 non-roster players who have invited to spring training this month.
Moylan, who had back and shoulder surgery in 2011, is expected to return to the team sometime this summer.
Top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and shortstop Andrelton Simmons are among the players not on the 40-man...
5. Sean GilmartinI criticized the Gilmartin draft pick immediately when it happened because I saw no reason for a team with a glut of near major league ready pitching prospects to take a college arm that would zip through the system. Well, his performance hasn't warranted me to be irritated at him, but the point still remains: he's going to go through the system ridiculously...
Jose Constanza is a very polarizing figure among Braves fans. Some erroneously believe that he should have gotten more playing time down the stretch. Some correctly believe that all he can be is an extra outfielder due to his good speed and little else in his game. Constanza will go into camp competing for the fifth outfielder slot (yes, fifth outfielder....remember, Matt Diaz and...
Michael Bourn is a shining example of what I like most in a player in fantasy sports: consistency.
His situation was greatly upgraded last season when he was traded from the lowly Astros to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline. However, Bourn’s production (runs, average, stolen bases) remained the same after the trade. In a time where just changing teams makes players forget...
Key Stats: Craig Kimbrel had one of the most impressive rookie seasons in history. He led the NL with 46 saves, posted the 6th highest mark for K/9 in the history of baseball (with at least 25 IP) at 14.84 and won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He did it with a fastball that averaged 96.2 mph and a slider, excuse me power curve the leaves batters looking stupid. Skeptics Say...
Tommy Hanson is back on the field for the Atlanta Braves, his first appearance in uniform since a car wreck.
Hanson did some light throwing in right field at Champion Stadium on Sunday, supervised by the training staff. He's coming back slowly after sustaining a concussion Monday when his car blew a tire on the way to the first official workout of spring training. Hanson'...
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Tommy Hanson will be ready for spring training. Hanson was on his way to another strong season when a small tear in his rotator cuff was discovered in August. The tear did not require surgery, and the team shut down Hanson for the remainder of the season.
Had the Atlanta Braves made the playoffs last season, there was some speculation that Hanson...
10. Zeke SpruillInjury issues. Maturity questions. There was a lot of turbulation surrounding Spruill going into 2011. What he did was nothing short of outstanding. As a 21 year-old, Spruill spent about 2/3 of his year with Lynchburg, and 1/3 with Mississippi. While a Hillcat, Spruill threw 130 innings in 22 starts, struck out 92 and walked 23. He threw a minor league-leading six...
Here’s a look at a few pics posted to Twitter by Braves players’ themselves over the winter:
Bullpen Coach, Eddie Perez, and RHP Kris Medlen.
Right Fielder, Jason Heyward, chillin' at home
Braves right-handed pitchers, Peter Moylan and Kris Medlen
RHP Peter Moylan getting inked
1B Freddie Freeman
A tribute to Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel
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Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson said Thursday his right shoulder is feeling good and he expects to be on a regular routine for the start of spring training.
As the holiday season neared, Tommy Hanson did not seem overly concerned about his right shoulder. Since starting his throwing program in early January, the Braves pitcher has gained more reason to believe he will not have any limitations when Spring Training begins.