Braves 6, Phillies 4

You can’t ask for better two-out results. The Braves had nine of 10 hits and five of six runs come with two outs en route to a 6-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at Turner Field. The victory, coupled with the Washington Nationals’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, moves the Braves into sole possession of first place in the NL East. Not a bad way to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves open second half with win over Phillies

ATLANTA -- In its first game out of the All-Star break, the Atlanta Braves offense found ways to do what it struggled so often with in the first half of the season: putting runs on the board. In a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field, the Braves capitalized in a number of ways against starter A.J. Burnett, including five two-out RBI. Here are three observations...
Via Fox Sports South
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments: The Futures Game Edition

Another week completed, another step closer to excitement for prospect-watchers waiting impatiently for the next round of call-ups, and the ultimate "Christmas In July" for prospect-hounds across the globe as we get to spend the day with the ultimate showcase - the Futures Game. In honor of this great event, this week's Minor Accomplishments Sunday Twelve-Pack will...
Via Razzball
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs in celebratory mode after 5-4 victory over Braves

For a last-place ballclub, the Cubs were lively and upbeat before Friday's series-opener against the Braves at Wrigley Field. They were ecstatic fans had picked teammate Anthony Rizzo for the All-Star Game in the Final Vote balloting. There was extended happiness later when Justin Ruggiano singled home Arismendy Alcantara with the winning run in the ninth inning for...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Despite hot streak, questions facing Braves offense remain

The extent of Braves catcher Evan Gattis' recent injury, and the amount of time he could miss because of it, is still unclear. On Monday night, following the team's 5-3 win against the New York Mets, Gattis said that he does not expect to miss much time with the bulging thoracic disc. However, there is no timetable. Whether Gattis misses the required two weeks after being...
Via Fox Sports South
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sweep Phils, back to the Ted for Mets

Going into Philadelphia, the Braves knew that the rival Nationals had dropped 3 straight games and opened the door to put Atlanta back within a half game of the National League East lead. By the end of the 4-game weekend series, the Braves had a half game lead in the division. For a team that squandered the opportunity to retake the division lead when they visited the Nationals in...
Via BravesWire
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves notebook: Rookie catcher Bethancourt embracing opportunity

Christian Bethancourt's second major league call-up could potentially force him to miss some time at All-Star weekend -- the setting of his past two All-Star breaks. But after being showcased as one of the top catcher prospects in baseball in 2012 and 2013, he'll gladly accept the alternative. "When I got the call, it was exciting because I was going to be in my third...
Via Fox Sports South
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves complete doubleheader sweep of Phillies

Talk about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off. On a trip that started with a series split in Washington to fall out of first place and was nearing a close with Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against a Phillies team that just swept them at home, the Braves responded with a sweep of their own. The Braves won the day game 10-3, and the night cap 5-1 to go up 3-0 in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Balanced Braves take two from floundering Phils

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' doubleheader sweep of the Phillies -- a long, but fruitful two-fer that vanquished some of the vitriol from Philly's series sweep in Atlanta two weeks ago. 1. Freddie Freeman's uniquely cool opener had me scouring 'MLB records' Web sites for hours In Game 1, a 10-3 rout for the Braves, Freeman amazingly scored...
Via Fox Sports South
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves To Bench B.J. Upton In Favor Of Triple-A Catcher Bethancourt

Mark Bowman from wrote today about the possibility of the Atlanta Braves calling up Triple-A Gwinnett catcher Christian Bethancourt, who has been on a tear recently, to replace Evan Gattis as the starter behind the plate.  Of course if this happens, that would mean Gattis would move to left field while Jason Heyward mans center. In right would be Justin Upton.  B.J. Upton...
Via FF Locker Room
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves considering promotion for Christian Bethancourt

In order to get more offense injected into their lineup the Atlanta Braves are considering calling up catcher Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett reports Mark Bowman of Bethancourt, 22, has been hot in June at Gwinnett. Bethancourt is hitting .375/.380/.438 in 13 June games. On the season Bethancourt is hitting .274/.301/.371 with two home runs and 29 RBI in...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Clippers fall just short in loss to Braves, 3-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Joey Terdoslavich’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth was enough for the Gwinnett Braves (31-29) to escape with the win 3-2 in the final game against the Columbus Clippers (29-32) this season in a game that took just under three hours to complete at Coolray Field. The Clippers had a major opportunity to score the tying run in the ninth.  Jose Ramirez walked...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Arias makes turnaround as Columbus Clippers top Gwinnett, 5-1

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – You hear it all the time: get the lead early and then add on to it.  The Columbus Clippers (27-31) did just that in their 5-1 victory against the Gwinnett Braves (30-27) at Cooley Field Tuesday night. The runs supported a terrific comeback effort by Clippers starterGabriel Arias. It was night and day, the comparison between last Thursday night’s start against...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

For Latin American players, need to learn English goes beyond the game

Christian Bethancourt remembers six years ago sitting at his locker in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, an 18-year-old Panamanian thrust into the United States for the first time. He watched Gulf Coast League Braves teammates, among them current Atlanta stars Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward; he watched their mouths move and he heard the words, but they held no meaning. "All the...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt staying patient as offense develops

GWINNETT, Ga. -- With a pop time -- how long it takes a catcher to receive a pitcher and get the ball to second base -- that's just a tick below Pudge Rodriguez at 1.78 seconds, Christian Bethancourt's defense has never been questioned. The Braves prospect's offense is still developing -- and that power, that's coming. During batting practice at Triple-A Gwinnett...
Via Fox Sports South
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

The Atlanta Braves farm system is a little thin this season, which makes sense as the Major League roster is loaded with young talent such as Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, and Julio Teheran. Most of the prospects on this list have great tools, but come with question marks. Sims looks like he’ll develop into a good starter and Bethancourt and Peraza profile as everyday players...
Via Batting Leadoff
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves cut spring training roster to 40

The Atlanta Braves' roster is slowly beginning to take shape. With the latest round of cuts, some higher-profile names within the the organization are being designated to their minor league roles: catcher Christian Bethancourt, outfielder Todd Cunningham and pitchers Juan Jamie and Luis Vasquez were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett while shortstop Elmer Reyes will start the season...
Via Fox Sports South
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves prospect Bethancourt could challenge for 2015 starting job

Top-tier catcher prospects typically bubble up to the surface. By talent or, occasionally, by necessity, the Buster Poseys and Carlos Santanas of the baseball world find their way to the major league level one way or another. They, at the very least, get their shot. Christian Bethancourt, who has been rated as a top-10 prospect at catcher for the past three years in the Braves organization...
Via Fox Sports South
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sign Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal

Jesse Sanchez of is reporting that the Braves have signed Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal. Sanchez adds that the deal includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training. The Braves have a surplus of catching with Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Christian Bethancourt, and even Ryan Doumit. As a result, Bello will join the Braves’ minor league system...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Farm System: Top Prospects

Spring Training is finally here. While we are getting ready for opening day, a lot of young players are getting ready to showcase their talents in front of big league clubs. With the excitement of baseball season comes the excitement of young players refining their skills in the minor leagues. Through this article, I’m going to break down what I think are the top two players at...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves players get face-to-face with video game design

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- B.J. Upton notices subtle changes over the past five or six years. A little here, a little there. It's Mike Hash and his team's job to capture every last one of them. For Upton, the changes are seen in mirrors. Unlike his younger brother Justin, who can allegedly grow a full beard in a week's time, the oldest brother often lacks the necessity...
Via Fox Sports South
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit For Sean Gilmartin

Doumit, who will turn 33 on April 3, is coming off a down season in which he batted .247/.314/.396 and dealt with concussion issues late in the year. However he's just one year removed from a strong .275/.320/.461 showing with a career-high 18 homers for the Twins. Though he's not considered a strong defensive catcher, Doumit would give the Braves a cheap option behind the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

The Top Ten Prospects in the NL East

Coming off the coattails of Baseball America breaking down the top ten prospects from every team in the NL East, we take a look at the top ten prospects from the NL East. There were a couple of surprises when looking at Baseball America’s list of the top ten Mets’ prospects, most notably Kevin Plawecki jumping to No. 5, and players like Cesar Puello not cracking the top 10. You...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Love Notes: Position Players

At the end of 2008, when the blog was still pretty new, I wrote an end of the year wrap-up on each player in the organization. For the last few years I’ve written “love notes” instead of a semi-objective wrap up for each player, because let’s be real, I don’t want to read a fan’s analysis of front office decisions and you probably don’t either. That’s why you’re...
Via Love My Bravos
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves make moves with magic number down to 6

Georgia native David Hale will make his first big league start Friday against the San Diego Padres. With their magic number whittled down to 6 games, the Atlanta Braves welcome back familiar faces and have high hopes for the return of others as they head home to Turner Field to face the under .500 San Diego Padres for the weekend series. In the first game of the weekend series, the...
Via BravesWire
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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