The Braves have exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:24 AM
In order to have a shutdown bullpen, you have to have a dominant closer, and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel is coming off one of the greatest seasons ever for a reliever: Opposing hitters had 231 plate appearances against him, and he struck out 116 -- almost exactly half -- in 62 2/3 innings, with just 14 walks and 27 hits. When he threw strike 1 on the first pitch of the at-bat (147 of those 231 plate appearances), hitters went 16-for-143, with 97 strikeouts and one extra-base hit. Here's one more: After hitters got ahead in the count, they went 5-for-32, with 10 strikeouts. Just one more: With two outs and runners in scoring position, opposing hitters were 1-for-18 with 10 strikeouts.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:20 AM
FanGraphs: Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects
Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:16 PM
What a great deal for Atlanta...Sick everyday OF now.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:53 AM
MLB.com: Back in the game, Gattis close to realizing dream
This is a really cool story as I'm sure many of you have read. I keep joking that he must've been the only employee in the history of Eldora (just the way of referring to the skiing place) to have hit an MLB homer. From reading his story, I definitely overlapped with him in Colorado, was just 20 miles away from where he worked and skied there a few times.
Not sure if he'll end up sticking or not, but regardless this is quite something.
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