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River Ave. Blues 5 hours ago
In appreciation of a career minor leaguer fulfilling his MLB dream - River Avenue Blues

In appreciation of a career minor leaguer fulfilling his MLB dream - River Avenue Blues

An Alternate Take: The Yankees Should Avoid Jake Arrieta When the Yankees announced Aaron Boone’s coaching staff a few weeks ago, there were no surprises. Larry Rothschild back. Marcus Thames promoted. Even newcomers like Phil Nevin or Josh Bard had been previously reported. But what stood out to me was one of the returning coaches, …
TalkingChop 9 hours ago
Gwinnett Stripers 2018 Roster Prediction

Gwinnett Stripers 2018 Roster Prediction

First rounders Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, and Touki Toussaint will lead a stacked pitching staff, with Travis Demeritte and Dustin Peterson highlighting the offense With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based...
TalkingChop 13 hours ago
Braves News: Travel roster revealed for first Spring Training game

Braves News: Travel roster revealed for first Spring Training game

The Braves begin Grapefruit League play on Friday as they head to Port St. Lucie to battle the Mets. BRAVES NEWS Snitker unveils travel roster for first camp trip The Braves are going to play a baseball game on Friday, which is exciting, and it will be on television, which is just as exciting. The roster for that game was announced on Wednesday, and features a healthy mixture of young big leaguers, top prospects, and hopeful retreads. Manager Brian Snitker announced the travel roster on Wednesday, which will include catchers Rob Brantly, William Contreras, Alex Jackson and Kade Scivicque;...
TalkingChop Feb 21, 2018
Braves announce starters for first three games of Spring Training

Braves announce starters for first three games of Spring Training

The Braves will be showcasing their young starting pitchers and a seasoned vet looking to make a big comeback from injury to open Spring Training. The Braves announced their starting pitchers for the first three games of Spring Training that begins on Friday against the Mets. Starting pitchers for the first three games of #BravesST:2/23 @ NYM - RH Matt Wisler2/24 @ HOU - LH Sean Newcomb2/25 @ WSH - LH Scott Kazmir— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 21, 2018 Matt Wisler will get the first chance of Spring Training to show off what fans hope to be an improved level of command. The...
TalkingChop Feb 21, 2018
Mississippi Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

Mississippi Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

The 2018 incarnation of the MBraves will feature three of the hottest prospects in the system, Kyle Wright, Austin Riley, and Alex Jackson. With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based on their performance in...
TalkingChop Feb 21, 2018
Soroka vs. Allard: A Putt-Putt Match for the Ages

Soroka vs. Allard: A Putt-Putt Match for the Ages

We all know that Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard are super-talented on the mound....but are they good at putt-putt golf? And most importantly, who is better? Alright, let’s get weird. If you were to make a list of topics we expected to cover during Spring Training this year, it would likely include things like who would make the Braves rotation/bench/bullpen, the plans the Braves potentially have for playing time at third and the outfield, basically anything that Ronald Acuna does, and whether or not players are healthy going into the regular season. What we didn’t expect to be on the...
TalkingChop Feb 21, 2018
Sean Newcomb’s whiff rates are not that weird

Sean Newcomb’s whiff rates are not that weird

...or are they? Nah, probably not. But, I don’t know, you decide. I’m going with “no,” though. Are you familiar with Betteridge’s Law of Headlines? I’m sure you are, even if you’ve never heard it described as such: it’s the truism that indicates that the answer to any question posed in a headline is simply “no.” You’ll notice that the headline of this post did not pose a question, so Betteridge’s Law does not apply. But, I’m glad that’s the case. You see, I was working on IWAG projections last week, and was assessing the way in which they were considering Sean...
TalkingChop Feb 21, 2018
Atlanta Braves news: Making a to-do list for spring training

Atlanta Braves news: Making a to-do list for spring training

The Braves will have plenty of things they need to get right before Opening Day comes and one publication tried to come up with a list for them. BRAVES NEWS A short to-do list for Atlanta before Opening Day The Sporting News recently ran the gamut of MLB teams and tried to come up with a short to-do list for each team in baseball. As such, Thomas Lott gave the Braves three things to do during Spring Training. It’s especially relevant if you’re planning on keeping a watchful eye on Dansby Swanson and everybody’s favorite prospect, Ronald Acuna. Culberson and Tucker go from World...
TalkingChop Feb 20, 2018
Florida Fire Frogs 2018 Roster Prediction

Florida Fire Frogs 2018 Roster Prediction

Florida will carry a stacked rotation, including Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson, and Joey Wentz into 2018. With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based on their performance in 2017 and the Braves history. While...
TalkingChop Feb 20, 2018
Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Pitchers

Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Pitchers

Before thinking about projections for the 2018 season, it’s always nice to look back and see how well the projections for this past season performed. This post is the companion piece to the projections retrospective for position players for the 2017 season, which you can check out here. For reference, you may want to refamiliarize yourself with the following before perusing the below: Last year’s projections retrospective for pitchers; Last year’s projections summary for starting pitchers; and Last year’s projections summary for relief pitchers. The main thing to know about the...
TalkingChop Feb 20, 2018
Braves News: Peter Moylan is back in Atlanta

Braves News: Peter Moylan is back in Atlanta

The Braves agreed to terms with a familiar face on Monday, as fan favorite Peter Moylan will rejoin the Braves in 2018 BRAVES NEWS Peter Moylan agrees to deal with Braves The Braves completed a deal on Monday that had reportedly been in the works since November, when the club was first rumored to have in Peter Moylan. The 39-year-old was very effective last season against right-handed batters, and should be able to find a nice within the Atlanta bullpen early on. In a corresponding move, the Braves reportedly designated right-hander Maurice Cabrera for assignment. Five things that need to...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Mauricio Cabrera designated for assignment as Peter Moylan added to roster

Mauricio Cabrera designated for assignment as Peter Moylan added to roster

The hard-throwing righty was out of options and may be headed to another team, if there’s any interest. It’s not every day that a triple-digits-hurling righty gets removed from your favorite team’s 40-man roster, but that’s what happened with Mauricio Cabrera and the Braves this afternoon. As part of signing old friend and fan favorite Peter Moylan to a major league deal, the Braves have punted Cabrera off the roster to make room. Moylan’s one-year deal is now official. Mauricio Cabrera was DFA’d— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 19, 2018 Cabrera made his major league...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Rome Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

Rome Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

Rome once again will feature a hugely talented team, with a deep rotation and one of the best outfields in the South Atlantic League With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based on their performance in 2017...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Position Players

Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Position Players

Before thinking about projections for the 2018 season, it’s always nice to look back and see how well the projections for this past season performed. Projections are one of my favorite parts of baseball analysis. There’s something that borders on magical about drawing lines in the sand about the occurrence of hundreds of future events, and then seeing those events happen (or not). While the release of projections is always an exciting time that leads to a lot of interesting discussion, a question that always comes up is, “Okay, but how accurate are these?” Unfortunately, the answer...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Five things that need to go right for the Braves to have a winning season

Five things that need to go right for the Braves to have a winning season

The Braves have the look of a team that could be poised to be very could for a long time from 2019 and beyond. What would it take for them to be good in 2018 Spring training is the time of year where all fans bases embrace the one truth that their team, no matter what the actual product is on the field, is not out of the hunt for the postseason. Every team has the same record and optimism about this year being “their year” will be at peak highs. Sure, some teams such as the Cubs, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, and others have more cause for optimism than others, but this is the time...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Moylan agrees to deal with Braves pending physical

Moylan agrees to deal with Braves pending physical

The Braves finalized a move that has been in the making for a while this offseason in bringing back a familiar face to compete for a spot in the bullpen Yesterday, it became known that the Braves were looking at a potential reunion with former Brave RHP Peter Moylan. The Braves seem poised to have a lot of potential options for the bullpen, but not many that one would consider locks for spots in the pen and even less that are what one would consider reliable. It appears as though the Braves are trying to shore up that potential problem as it appears that the signing of Moylan, who led the...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Atlanta Braves news: Renfroe rumors and more

Atlanta Braves news: Renfroe rumors and more

The Padres may not have room for Hunter Renfroe and at least one prominent baseball writer thinks that the Braves could be sniffing around for him. BRAVES NEWS Could Atlanta go after Renfroe? The Padres shook up the baseball world on Saturday night when they took Eric Hosmer off of the “unsigned” list and signed him to a long-term contract. Hosmer moving to first base means that Wil Myers is now heading back to the outfield — right field, to be exact. That’s where Hunter Renfroe plays and now he could potentially get traded. Jon Morosi reported on Twitter that there were teams...
TalkingChop Feb 18, 2018
Braves trying to work out a deal with reliever Peter Moylan

Braves trying to work out a deal with reliever Peter Moylan

The Braves are turning to an old friend to try and shore up their bullpen We have finally reached the point of the offseason where there are actual rumors involving actual players and actual teams and there is actual baseball being played. I know it is crazy, but bear with us as we adjust to this new development. Last night, the Rays got the ball rolling a bit with a trade of Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and DFAing Corey Dickerson. The latter of those two are more important at the moment to Braves fans because there are some reports that the Braves could be in play to trade for Dickerson as...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Feb 18, 2018
Swanson ready to put tough season behind him

Swanson ready to put tough season behind him

Swanson is looking ahead, not behind him. BRAVES NEWS Swanson: 2017 struggles ‘by the wayside’ Dansby Swanson tells MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that he has put last year’s struggles behind him and he is focused on proving that he can live up to the expectations that he is the Braves’ shortstop of the future. Huddy impressed with Braves’ young arms Tim Hudson has served as a special instructor for spring training during the early days of camp and has come away impressed with many of Atlanta’s young pitchers and in particular Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard and Kyle Wright. “It’s...
TalkingChop Feb 17, 2018
Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Dickerson was surprisingly DFA’d by the Rays on Saturday. It would make sense for the Braves to add an outfielder this spring, and the Rays have made a pretty decent one available as they (surprisingly) DFA’d slugger Corey Dickerson on Saturday night. Could the two sides match up in a deal? Jon Morosi — who is known for reporting his own speculation as rumor instead of actual discussions being had — thinks it might happen. #Braves are trying to add an outfielder, source confirms, and could be a suitor for Corey Dickerson. He grew up in Mississippi, where the Braves are the most...

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