Braves make first round of roster cuts

The Braves made the first cuts of the spring Friday, optioning one player and re-assigning 13. Right-handed pitcher Aaron Northcraft was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, making him the only member of the 40-man roster affected. Hard-throwing pitching prospects J.R. Graham and Jason Hursh and speedy center fielder Matt Lipka among those reassigned to minor league camp, along with left...
Via Fox Sports South
March 14, 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

Atlanta Braves Top Prospect Lists

Here is the composite list of Atlanta Braves Top Prospects from across the web. The list will be updated as often as new lists are released. After each list, I’ll list the top 5 from that list. Closer to the beginning of the season, I’ll release the 85% Sports Top 20 Prospects for the Braves, along with averages and a composite ranking for each player listed. Updated: 11/20...
Via 85% Sports
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Inbox 11-19-2013

Every time I read the Braves Inbox (used to be the "Mailbag"), I always answer the questions in my head before reading Bowman's replies. This has been a fun off-season project for a couple of years and I'll do my best to keep up this year. Actual questions answered by Bowman are in bold, with my replies below. You can read Bowman's replies in this week'...
Via Love My Bravos
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Notes: Brandon Beachy, J.R. Graham look toward spring training return

With another early October exit putting a damper on an otherwise solid 2013 season, the Atlanta Braves journey into the off season tracking the progress of a pair of beleaguered hurlers. Brandon Beachy, whose absence warranted the Game 4 start of Freddy Garcia is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing his second elbow surgery in the last two years in September...
Via Sports Injury Alert
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

This is not MLB.com’s Atlanta Braves prospect list. This is my own list that I have compiled after watching Braves minor league games and keeping stats halfway through the season. I will put the # that MLB.com had them ranked preseason beside each pick, so you can see where these young Braves minor league players stack up.  For me, some players have hurt their prospect status...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves get more bad news in ‘pen, but glad to be home

The common wisdom about the Atlanta Braves is that they will strike out in 2013 at a torrid rate, they will hit home runs at a pace not seen in the franchise for decades and they will bring dominant defense to each game. Common wisdom didn’t hold up while the Braves were on their recent road trip. Sure there were strikeouts, home runs and defensive gems, but there were also blunders...
Via BravesWire
May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects

The Braves have build their typical system: strong pitching and questionable hitters. This model has worked for over a decade; do the have the pitchers in place to continue with the tradition? Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically...
Via 85% Sports
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves spring training report: Week-1

If spring training seems longer this year, that’s because it is. One week longer, to be exact. For those players who have agreed to represent their home countries in the World Baseball Classic, however, spring is much shorter than usual. For Braves’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons, spring training is already over (at least for now), and he’s playing meaningful baseball one month...
Via BravesWire
March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Spring Training Update

Atlanta Braves spring training action is in full swing and AtlantaBullpen.com’s Jim Hart appeared on WCCP-FM to discuss what he’s seen and heard so far in the first spring games.  You can listen to the Braves talk by downloading the file, clicking on the player, or listening via the pop-up below. The topics discussed included what Evan Gattis could bring to the major league...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves vs Yankees: Game Day Updates and Chat

The Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees tangle at 1:05 today (February 23) at Champion Stadium.  Veteran left hander, Paul Maholm, will start today for the Braves.  The right handed David Phelps is the Yankees scheduled starter. The Braves pitchers scheduled to follow Maholm are:  Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Rasmus, Yohan Flande, and J.R. Graham. The Braves will try...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
February 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Local Players in ESPN Top 100 Prospects

Each new season now brings an abundance of top prospect lists and the one that gets the most public attention is compiled by ESPN draft analyst Keith Law.  Having been part of a company that publishes public rankings, I can tell you that it is impossible to make everyone happy when it comes to a ranking.  Law puts in the time and has an opinion and that makes his rankings worth...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves' young arms compete for No. 5 spot

It seems like a question with a simple answer. Who will be the Braves fifth starter until Brandon Beachy returns from Tommy John surgery? What looked to be a spring training battle waged between Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran took on a different complexion after Delgado was traded to the Diamondbacks last week in the seven-player deal that brought Justin Upton to Atlanta. With...
Via Fox Sports South
January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves early throwing program pictures

There aren't many pics out there of the Braves we're familiar with... don't know if they're not at the early throwing program or if they just weren't photographed. Here are a few pics you might like, though... From the AJC's album called "Day Four at Turner Field": "[Alex] Wood was selected by the Braves in the second round of the 2012 amateur...
Via Love My Bravos
January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects (2012-13)

The Braves system is not as deep as it once was and the majority of the talent is found in the lower levels of the system. With that said, there are some intriguing pitching and up-the-middle infield prospects. The outfield depth is very thin.   #1 Julio Teheran (P) Age G GS IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP WAR 21 2 1 6.1 7.11 1.42 22.2 % 5.68 1.99 0.2 It was an off year for Teheran...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Braves prospects get spring invites

Four of the top-rated prospects in the Atlanta Braves system will be among the list of 21 minor leaguers invited to spring training. Right-handed pitcher J.R. Graham, the teams second-rated prospect by Baseball America, left-handers Sean Gilmartin (fourth) and Alex Wood (seventh) all earned invites, along with catcher Evan Gattis (eighth). Also on the list include left-handed pitchers...
Via Fox Sports South
January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Newman’s Own: Best Relief Pitchers Of 2012

Seeing prospects in person is my passion. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to visit parks in five different leagues — collecting information and video on 200 legitimate prospects or more. The lists released over the next few weeks will highlight the best prospects I’ve seen in person at each position during the 2012 season. The rankings will be adjusted based on projected position...
Via Fangraphs
November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Scouting J.R. Graham

Just take a look at Craig Kimbrel and you'll get a good idea of how successful the Atlanta Braves have been when it comes to scouting young relievers. One of the next arms in line to help the Atlanta bullpen is righty, J.R. Graham. Graham is currently working as a starter in High-A, but he ultimately looks like another dynamic power arm for the back end of the big league bullpen.
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June 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 Best Cereal Names in Baseball

Whether it’s for breakfast or a late-night snack, cereal is deliciously fun.  So are these baseball names sliding in to a grocery shelf near you.  Crack open a box, pour the soy milk, and watch a baseball game! 5. Robinson Chirinos Catch a box of these sweet fried oats.  Chirinos is a blend of Cheerios and spanish churros, and is a favorite among Tampa Bay Rays fans....
Via Reading Between The Seams
June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

J.R. Graham doing well in Braves system

Former Livermore HS and Santa Clara SS/P J.R. Graham is doing well in the Braves system.  The former Bay Area World Series standout (BAWS IV, 2007) was taken in the 4th round of the 2011 draft and the Braves have pushed him this year.  Here is a recent blurb about him in a piece about bullpen pitchers to keep an eye on for each MLB team... ATLANTA BRAVES: Arodys Vizcaino would...
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May 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Futures 4-3-12

Braves vs Future Braves I know y'all don't really read my text, so this is going to be an image-heavy post with stories in the captions. ;) The game seemed to be a huge success -- it was a packed house even during batting practice and in spite of the rain and the lightning storm that ended the game, it was a wonderful time! (I can hear you asking now, "When does Lauren...
Via Love My Bravos
April 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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