5:02 PM EDT, Thu July 19, 2018
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Braves recall Michael Reed, designate Danny Santana for assignment

Braves recall Michael Reed, designate Danny Santana for assignment

Braves juggling outfielders for the second half. The Atlanta Braves made a roster move Thursday recalling outfielder Michael Reed from Triple-A Gwinnett. This is Reed’s second stint with the club as he was promoted on July 2 to avoid an opt-out in his minor league contract but was returned to Triple-A the next day. The Atlanta #Braves today recalled OF Michael Reed from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated OF Danny Santana for assignment.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 19, 2018 Reed has played well at Gwinnett where he has appeared in 36 games and is hitting .371/.480/.597 with 10...
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Recent trade deadlines have been unkind and uneventful for Braves

Recent trade deadlines have been unkind and uneventful for Braves

The Alex Wood trade still stings. July tends to be a lot of fun for baseball fans as the rumor mill really gets going. Despite a plethora of moves around the calendar year, the Braves have been fairly quiet in recent years at the deadline. And when they have made moves, it’s come back to bite them more times than not. The first major domino fell on Wednesday as the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. The Braves were loosely tied to Machado, although nothing ever get close. With the next two weeks looking to be quite busy, let’s take a look back on the last five trade...
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Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 7-12

Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 7-12

In this installment of our top 30 midseason prospect list, we have the best catching prospect in the system who is shooting up lists and some familiar names on both sides of the ball. We have reached the fourth installment of our midseason top 30 Braves prospects list. To help you all get caught up with the list so far, here are some links for you to oogle at. Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 13-18 Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 19-24 Talking Chop’s 2018-Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 25-30 The first installment of our list has some answers to a...
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Braves Minor League Recap: Rio Ruiz, Gwinnett walk-off

Braves Minor League Recap: Rio Ruiz, Gwinnett walk-off

Braxton Davidson and Brett Cumblerland hit home runs. However, Max Fried, fresh off the DL, carried a no hitter into the 5th inning. Gwinnett Stripers 4, Norfolk Tides 2 Box Score Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, BB, 2K Rio Ruiz, 1B: 1-4, BB, HR, 2RBI Lane Adams, RF: 1-4, 2K Michael Reed, CF: 2-5, 2B, K, 2R, SB Max Fried, SP: 4.2IN, 0H, 0ER, 3BB, 6K Jacob Webb, RP: 1IN, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K The story of the night was that Lane Adams makes his return! Just kidding (no offense Lane). The real story of the night is that of Rio Ruiz hitting a walk-off two-run home run. Just bask in the glorious tweet...
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Braves land five players in Keith Law’s mid-season Top 50.

Braves land five players in Keith Law’s mid-season Top 50.

Kyle Wright is among the players that made the cut in Keith Law’s mid-season Top 50 prospect list. Even with a series of promotions, the Atlanta Braves still have one of the top farm systems in the Major Leagues. ESPN.com’s Keith Law released his mid-season Top 50 prospects list on Thursday with five Braves players making the cut. Atlanta’s top two prospects according to Law were both participants in the Futures Game last weekend. Kyle Wright checked in at No. 18 while Touki Toussaint lands at No. 22. Law projects Wright’s ceiling as a No. 2 starter depending on how his command...
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News and Links: Dodgers acquire Machado in six-player deal

News and Links: Dodgers acquire Machado in six-player deal

After weeks of speculation as to which team would take charge in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, the Dodgers acquired the star infielder on Wednesday. BRAVES NEWS MLB Trade Rumors: Braves seeking bullpen, bench help Braves beat writer Mark Bowman weighs in with some information on how Atlanta is likely to approach the Trade Deadline, with the expectation being that they will target a bench bat, relief help, and possibly a starting pitcher. Bowman speculates that Atlanta has accumulated enough pitching depth that they would consider offering Kolby Allard, Ian Anderson and Max Fried in a deal...
Jul 18, 2018
The Braves must take advantage of their window opening a year early

The Braves must take advantage of their window opening a year early

The Braves are going into the second half of the season in a prime position to possibly make the playoffs. They need to make the most of this opportunity, even if it’s earlier than expected. In a couple of days, the unofficial second-half of the season will get underway and even though the Braves will be heading into the next phase of the season in a bit of a slump, it’s still an exciting time for the Braves. After all, a lot of us here on the staff here at Talking Chop figured that .500 baseball would be this team’s ceiling in 2018. Yet here they are — they’re 10 games over .500...
Jul 18, 2018
MLB Trade Rumors: Braves seeking bullpen, bench help

MLB Trade Rumors: Braves seeking bullpen, bench help

Braves are looking to buy but reportedly won’t mortgage the future while doing so. With the All-Star Break now in the rear view mirror, the focus to shift to the July 31 trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves have put themselves in good position with a surprising first half but it remains to be seen how far they will go in hopes of filling holes on the current roster. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman set the stage for the second half and says that Atlanta will be looking for at least one relief pitcher, a bench bat and possibly a starting pitcher. However, they are unlikely to mortgage the future...
Jul 18, 2018
Max Fried headed to Gwinnett for rehab assignment

Max Fried headed to Gwinnett for rehab assignment

Fried hopes blister issues are behind him. Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried will begin a rehab assignment at Gwinnett Wednesday night per a club announcement. Fried was placed on the 10-day disabled list back on July 6 due to a blister problem on his pitching hand. The move is significant in that Fried is expected to be one of the options to rejoin Atlanta’s rotation when a fifth starter is needed following the break. Fried and Luiz Gohara are the two early favorites for that spot. The Braves may opt to give Fried a bit more time just to make sure that the blister issues are taken...
Jul 18, 2018
Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 13-18

Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 13-18

We have an even split of position players and pitchers with most of them still playing in A-ball in this installment of our midseason top 30. Welcome to the third installment of our midseason top 30 Braves prospects list. Before we go any further, if you need to get caught up on prospects 19-30, here are some links to help you out. Talking Chop’s Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 19-24 Talking Chop’s 2018-Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 25-30 If you haven’t read the previous installments, the 25-30 section has some answers regarding our process, what this list is and isn’t, and...
Jul 18, 2018
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 7/17: Waters and Contreras Lead Rome’s Home Run Derby

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 7/17: Waters and Contreras Lead Rome’s Home Run Derby

The Rome Braves put up 5 home runs in a double header sweep, and Cristian Pache extended his hitting streak to 9 games. (43-52) Gwinnett Stripers 7, (50-43) Norfolk Tides 2 Box Score Austin Riley, 3B: 3-5, 2B, .297/.359/.430 Dustin Peterson, RF: 2-5, 2B, .266/.329/.418 Matt Wisler, SP: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 4.29 ERA A thirteen hit performance from the Stripers offense drove a 7-2 win, with Luis Marte picking up 4 RBIs. Gwinnett got their big inning early in the second inning, when they loaded the bases thanks to 2 hits and a hit batter. Marte came to the plate and drove a double...
Jul 18, 2018
Braves News: NL All-Star losing streak continues

Braves News: NL All-Star losing streak continues

The Braves were well represented in Washington on Tuesday night. Braves News All four Braves see playing time, but NL losing streak continues Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis both got to the plate twice, but only Nick Markakis was able to reach base thanks to a walk in his second at-bat. Ozzie Albies entered the game late and got a single at-bat where he grounded out to second base. Folty had the best luck of any Brave pitching a clean fourth inning with a strikeout for the NL. Talking Chop mid-season top 30 prospects list (19-24) The treasure trove of prospects that is the Atlanta...
Jul 17, 2018
2018 MLB All-Star Game: Late homers give American League 8-6 win

2018 MLB All-Star Game: Late homers give American League 8-6 win

Homers and strikeouts were the theme of the night Scooter Gennett hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to force extra innings but Alex Bregman and George Springer went back-to-back in the 10th to help the American League to an 8-6 win. The game featured a record 10 home runs while both teams combined for nine walks and 25 strikeouts. Aaron Judge hit a solo home run off of Max Scherzer in the second inning to put the A.L. in front 1-0. They would extend that lead an inning later when Mike Trout took Jacob deGrom deep to make it 2-0. The National League would get on the board in the...
Jul 17, 2018
2018 MLB All-Star Game open thread

2018 MLB All-Star Game open thread

These lineups are STACKED. Which squad has the edge? pic.twitter.com/X9GwbKq7Jd— MLB (@MLB) July 16, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. ET Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C. TV: Fox Streaming Fox Sports Go
Jul 17, 2018
2018 MLB All-Star Game Lineups: Freddie Freeman hitting cleanup for the NL

2018 MLB All-Star Game Lineups: Freddie Freeman hitting cleanup for the NL

The Braves will have two players in the NL’s starting lineup. The 89th All-Star Game gets underway Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The National League will be looking to put an end to the AL’s recent dominance. The American League has won five straight All-Star games and 12 of the last 15 overall. The starting lineups were set by fan voting but the managers get to set the batting order in the big game. Here is what Dave Roberts’ NL lineup looks like. Javier Baez - 2B2. Nolan Arenado - 3B3. Paul Goldschmidt - DH4. Freddie Freeman - 1B5. Matt Kemp - LF...