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Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Atlanta Braves’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Jose Peraza 2B: Peraza is the unanimous #1 prospect in the Braves organization. The 20...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rockies acquire David Hale, Gus Schlosser from Braves

The Colorado Rockies have acquired right-handed relief pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, the team announced via their Twitter page. The Braves have acquired catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd in exchange for right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser — Atlanta Braves (@Braves...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade for catching prospects, ship Hale, Schlosser to Rockies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves' offseason of change included a new twist on Friday, with the team trading pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for a pair of catching prospects. Atlanta's new additions, catchers Jose Briceno (22 years old) and Chris O'Dowd (24), will now provide organizational depth to a Braves club that's suddenly teeming with top-shelf prospects at...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade RHP Hale to Rockies in four-player deal

ATLANTA -- The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Schlosser worked...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Shelby Miller: Sinker will 'take me to the next level'

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller can thank his turnaround on the mound in 2014 to one pitch. Because of that same pitch, the Atlanta Braves may have landed a young pitcher with as much upside as anyone in their rotation. After a fine rookie campaign in 2013 where he won 15 games and posted a 3.06 ERA, Miller slumped in 2014 as he tried to follow up that early success. He struggled in his...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Eric Stults Agrees To Minor League Deal With Atlanta Braves

According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, 35-year-old lefty Eric Stults has joined the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal for the upcoming 2015 seas0n. The deal includes an invite to spring training for the lefty, who will be competing to be the 5th starter along with several others down in Florida in less than three weeks. If Stults fails to make the rotation, he’s a possible...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Stults joins Braves' candidates for fifth starter

The Braves' options to fill the fifth spot in the reputation continues to grow. According to multiple reports, veteran left-hander Eric Stults has signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. He'll join a group that includes David Hale, James Russell, both of whom spent most of last season in the bullpen, prospects Manny Banuelos and Mike Foltynewicz...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Beachy may wait until mid-February to sign

Brandon Beachy may wait until mid-February to sign with a team. Beachy was said to be close to a deal with an undisclosed team a week ago but things must have went sour. Now Beachy is still on the market. The agent for Beachy, Robert Martin released a statement about his client’s decision to wait. “Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

John Smoltz & His Hall-of-Fame Golf Game Is No Accident

During the 1990s, the Atlanta Braves dominated Major League Baseball thanks to three of the best pitchers ever to play the game — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. The big three struck fear into the hearts of the game’s best hitters for the better part of a decade. And when they weren’t doing that, they were golfing.  The golfing exploits of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz...
Via Back9Network
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves announce deal with Dian Toscano

Photo Credit; Donald Miralle/Getty Images. The Atlanta Braves have taken a chance on a new Cuban outfield prospect. You may have heard of Dian Toscano but it’s safe to assume you haven’t heard his name as many times as Yoan Moncada, Yasmany Tomas or even Hector Olivera or Yoan Lopez. Another reason you may not have heard of Toscano is that he did not take part in Cuba’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves agree to $6 million, 4-year deal with Toscano

ATLANTA (AP) Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $6 million, four-year contract The 25-year-old, a left-handed hitter, batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba. His deal, announced Wednesday, includes a $1.2 million signing bonus payable 72 hours after he reports to major league spring training and salaries of $800,000 this...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kimbrel again the constant as Braves' bullpen takes on different look

ATLANTA -- Craig Kimbrel has been a fixture atop the game's saves leaders, with his 185 over the past four seasons a stunning 48 more than the next closest player. The Braves' closer is also a fixture in a bullpen that, for the second time in his career, has undergone a drastic makeover. With that four-time All-Star of an anchor in place, Atlanta not only withstood the last set of...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #94: Alex Wood | SP | ATL

Alex Wood was a second round Amateur Draft pick of the Atlanta Braves just two years ago (2012 draft). Although he was considered the Braves number seven prospect at that time, he wasn’t exactly labeled a blue chip talent. Unlike many “can’t miss” arms, Wood was able to fast track it to the major leagues. A 1.68 ERA and 1.02 with only two home runs against over 123 minor...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A new home for many new faces

While many old faces left Atlanta this winter, the Braves more than doubled the number of players joining the club. Expecting to take roster spots throughout the farm system and even a few with the big league club, Atlanta’s newest faces are largely unknown to Braves’ fans. They aren’t all unknown, however. A few old friends will join the club or be given invites to Spring...
Via BravesWire
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Eury Perez Claimed By Atlanta Braves

Former Washington Nationals minor leaguer Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Perez, who had been in Washington’s minor league system since the age of 17 was claimed from the Nats by the New York Yankees in late September last year, only to be designated for assignment this week after the club signed shortstop Stephen Drew.   With great speed and an...
Via The Nats Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Minor healthy, on schedule with offseason training

ATLANTA -- Here's a concept hidden behind the ongoing and very public job search for the final piece to the Atlanta Braves rotation: the fifth starter, whoever he may be, is not the most pressing question facing the franchise's young staff. It's an intriguing competition, if only for the sheer volume of candidates. But fifth starters typically carry a fifth starter's expectations...
Via Fox Sports South
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Signs One-Year Deal With Braves

(Jeff Roberson / AP)Former Red Sox World Series hero Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Atlanta Braves (formerly, of course, the Boston Braves). The pact also includes a $3 million vesting option for 2016—but, since Gomes would never wear a vest, this seems moot. The 34-year old free-spirit can still hit lefties, so he's likely to see a lot of platoon...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #111: Julio Teheran | SP | ATL

Are you having a hard time getting excited about Julio Teheran? Yeah, me too. I mean on the one hand his career ERA is just 3.16, and that’s a little bloated by a rough 26 innings across 2011 and 2012. In his first full season he finished at 3.20 and last year it plummeted further, down to 2.89. But even still, I’m really struggling to feel the same way about Teheran that I...
Via Baseball Professor
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Gattis trade officially signals rebuild

If there was any doubt about what the Atlanta Braves long-term plans were before they shipped Evan Gattis off to the Houston Astros yesterday, it now stands to reason that the events, that unfolded over the last couple of days, place the Braves in clear start over mode. Was the move surprising? A little bit, but when you begin to break down the trade from all different angles, it...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves trade Evan Gattis to Houston Astros

The Atlanta Braves unloaded yet another valuable piece from their roster on Wednesday afternoon, trading catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros in exchange for pitching prospects Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman as well as minor league third baseman Rio Ruiz. Gattis made his Major League debut with the Braves in 2013 after overcoming off-the-field concerns that delayed...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Close to Acquiring Evan Gattis for Notable Prospects

The Braves housecleaning reportedly continued today, with the team nearing a deal that would ship sometimes-catcher Evan Gattis to Houston in exchange for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. The quick overview of the players going both directions. Gattis is a 28 year old with top shelf power, but limited skills beyond that, […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves 2015 roster takes shape

With the pre-Christmas signings of RHP Jason Grili and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the Atlanta Braves’ 2015 roster is, for better or for worse, taking shape. The Braves’ refashioned front office has made no secret of the fact that its top priority is to field a high end roster in 2017 when the team breaks a champaign bottle against the freshly stacked brick facing of Sun Trust Park...
Via BravesWire
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

It’s a fact — confirmed by multiple writers whose nearly sole vocation in this life is to report on such matters — it’s a fact that right-handed reliever Jason Grilli has signed a two-year, $8 million with the Atlanta Braves, with a club option of a third year. Per the terms of the agreement, one […]
Via Fangraphs
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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