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The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog:
As Spring Training rapidly approaches and speculation surrounding the future of baseball’s brightest prospects spreads like wildfire, The Golden Sombrero will highlight some of the notable Spring Training invitees from each organization.
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 runs, and 82 RBI in 536 plate-appearances. Although he slugged .526 and tallied 254 total bases, Terdoslavich fanned 107 times compared to only 41 walks – a ratio that could worsen if he seemingly begins the year in Double-A. Entering his age 23 season, he is blocked at first base by Freddie Freeman, but that’s fine. He has plenty of work left to do in the Minor Leagues. Best-case scenario: A switch-hitting bat off the bench once the rosters expand in September.
Sean Gilmartin, LHP: Selected by the Braves as the 28th selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, Gilmartin logged 23.1 innings after signing, mo...
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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.
It wasn’t a pretty start, but Dan Uggla finished 2011 with Ugg-tastic numbers. His 36 homers were actually a career high and he also added a respectable 88 runs and 82 RBI considering he was sitting at the All-Star break with a .185/.257/.386 slash. Sure his .233 batting average was bad and when you factor in that he needed a 33-game hit streak to make it even that high makes it...
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...
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.
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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.