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Updated: 2017-05-22T11:00:02-04:00

 



Talking Chop Podcast Episode 66: Freddie Freeman, Matt Adams and more

2017-05-22T11:00:02-04:00

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TC’s own Gaurav Vedak joins the program for a fun show.

The Atlanta Braves are playing (much) improved baseball and that is always a good thing. However, it was an eventful week in an unfortunate way for the organization and, on the back of, Episode 66 of the Talking Chop podcast is here to discuss it all. Gaurav Vedak joins the show and topics include the following:

  • Winning 7 out of 10 games is good. We like when that happens
  • The Freddie Freeman injury... is not as good. What now?
  • Hello, Matt Adams! What can we expect from the new first baseman?
  • What did the Braves actually give up for Adams?
  • Rio Ruiz has been freed!
  • DL stints for Eric O’Flaherty and Adonis Garcia
  • The Enrique Burgos trade sort of emerged from nowhere and flew under the radar
  • TC’s own Scott Coleman wrote about the possibility of trading Julio Teheran and we talked about it
  • Gaurav’s thoughts on the MiLB system right now and some takeaways from the early going, including the wonder that is Ronald Acuna
  • The Gwinnett Braves want to change their name. That’s a thing
  • Much, much more

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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rome rallies, Tyler Pike pitches a gem

2017-05-22T10:00:02-04:00

Rome had to rally in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win while one prospect pitched well in a losing effort Gwinnett Braves 3, Durham Bulls 5 Box Score Ozzie Albies, 2B: 1-4, run, .259/.308/.388 Mel Rojas Jr., RF: 1-4, 2 RBI, .271/.309/.434 Aaron Blair, SP: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 5.79 ERA Gwinnett got the not good version of Aaron Blair on this day as Durham put 5 runs up on him and the Braves fell 5-3. Blair found himself pitching with runners on more often than not and the speed at the top of Durham’s lineup with Mallex Smith and Willy Adames was causing him fits. Blair’s inconsistency this season has been maddening as he has made 5 starts where he has given up 2 runs or less to go along with 3 starts now where he has given up 5 runs or more. To Gwinnett’s credit, the bullpen kept them in the game over the last few frames as Akeel Morris and David Peterson pitched three scoreless innings of relief. In 2017, opposing batters are hitting just .169 against Morris and he has struck out 24 batters in 18.1 innings so far. On offense, Ozzie Albies continues to battle this season with another 1-for day. His strikeout issues, for the first time in his career, continue to be an issue and have been particularly prominent of late as he has struck out 7 times in his last four games. That said, he also had a strong week at the plate last week and could just as easily break out again soon. Dustin Peterson is continuing to get back on track in his 3rd start of the season as he recorded his 2nd hit of the year while Mel Rojas Jr. drove in 2 of Gwinnett’s 3 runs in the game on a two-run single in the 6th inning. Next Game: 5/23 at 7:05 PM vs. Buffalo. Probable Starter - Sean Newcomb Mississippi Braves 3, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 10 Box Score Luis Valenzuela, 2B: 2-4, RBI, .289/.321/.416 Ronald Acuna, CF: 0-4, 2 K, .307/.374/.503 Matt Withrow, SP: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.36 ERA Today was not Matt Withrow’s day as he got lit up in the 3rd inning and Mississippi fell 10-3. This was a weird game for Withrow because at the start of the game, his fastball looked good running in to right-handed hitters and getting some ugly swings. However, things quickly unraveled for him as the third inning went pop out, BB, 1B, K, 1B, BB, 2B, HR, HR, and then he was pulled from the game. The offensive barrage after getting 2 outs was particularly unfortunate and now he has two outings in his past three where he gave up some pretty crooked numbers. Michael Mader filled in ably over 3 innings to try and stabilize things before Philip Pfeifer came on and gave up a pair of runs in just over an inning of work. Philip has given up earned runs in 6 of his past 7 outings including 4 where he has given up multiple runs. On offense, Ronald Acuna has really cooled off after his torrid streak to start his time in AA as he has just 1 hit in his past six games. As was the case at times when he was at Florida, he can at times press at the plate (especially after a really good game or good stretch) where he looks like he is trying to hit the ball to the moon and not sticking with the approach that has gotten him such good results in the past. That said, his pitch recognition and use of his hands in the zone is so good that so long as he can reign himself in, he should be fine. Keith Curcio went deep in this game for his 2nd home run of the season and Luis Valezuela had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup. Next Game: 5/22 at 11:05 AM @ Jacksonville. Probable Starter - Max Fried Florida Fire Frogs 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 2 Box Score Tyler Neslony, RF: 1-3, RBI, BB, .271/.369/.458 Anfernee Seymour, CF: 1-2, 2 SB, .308/.359/.372 Tyler Pike, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 runs (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1.93 ERA Tyler Pike was excellent yet again for the Fire Frogs, but the offense really struggled to capitalize on the chances they had as Florida fell 2-1. After yet another fine start, Pike now finds himself 3rd in the league in ERA, innings pitched and 1st in the league in strikeouts. Not too shabby at all for a guy[...]



Atlanta Braves news and links: Atlanta adds Adams

2017-05-22T08:00:02-04:00

Matt Adams made his Braves debut on Sunday as he begins what could be a very important time in his career. BRAVES NEWS Atlanta rallies late but can’t sweep Washington Needless to say, the fact that the Braves were even in position to sweep the Nationals after losing Freddie Freeman is a testament to the fact that this team is not going to just roll over and die. That was especially true on Sunday when — despite being completely shut down by Stephen Strasburg — the Braves still managed to put together a late rally down 3-0. They cut the lead down to one run in the eighth inning, but were unable to push across the tying run and the Nats escaped the ignominy of being swept. Adams is looking forward to big opportunity with Braves Matt Adams made his Braves debut on Sunday and although the team signed James Loney, it’s clear that Adams is going to be the team’s starting first baseman while Freddie Freeman is on the shelf. After spending parts of this season playing left field (?!) for the Cardinals, it’s clear that Adams is glad to have a shot to play at his normal position for the Braves. "I'm not trying to come in here and be Freddie," Adams said. "That's not who I am. I've just got to be myself and go out there and play. I'm just excited to get the opportunity and I'm going to try to run with it." Adams was hitting .292 with one homer and seven RBIs with St. Louis. His only homer came at Atlanta's SunTrust Park on May 6 against Julio Teheran. The park's short right-field fence, 325 feet at the foul pole, is attractive to left-handed hitters like Adams. "I've got to do a good job of just staying gap to gap and not trying to get too pull-happy," he said. "Just stick with my game the way I've been doing and I think things will fall in place." Meanwhile, if you want to read Minor League Ball’s take on Juan Yepez as he departs for the St. Louis organization then this is the link for you. If you want Ivan’s take on how Adams can/will fit in with the Braves, then you can check out this link as well. Braves plan to go shopping for free agent pitching Although the Braves did sign Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey and traded for Jaime Garcia, it’s clear that they’re very temporary solutions for the Braves as far as starting pitching is concerned. As such, Jon Heyman of FanRag is reporting that the Braves could be active in the free agent market next offseason. Patrick Karraker of MLB Daily Dish gave a brief rundown of what the starting pitching free agent market could look like by the time winter rolls along. Notable pitchers who could potentially be available as free agents this winter include Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Johnny Cueto, Yu Darvish, Marco Estrada, Jeremy Hellickson, Lance Lynn, Chris Tillman and Jason Vargas. Obviously, the Braves could also opt to retain any or all of Colon, Dickey, and Garcia, but the veteran starters all currently have earned run averages exceeding 4.00. Gwinnett Braves will change nickname for 2018 season The G-Braves will have an entirely new look next season, with the biggest change being that they’ll no longer be known as the G-Braves. That’s because the organization has announced that the team will be undergoing a rebrand and the fans will help determine the new nickname as well. I’d say that this is interesting because it could actually mark a trend of the Braves actually giving their minor league teams different names other than “Braves.” That’s just speculation on my part, though. MLB NEWS Milwaukee accuses Chicago of shenanigans following Saturday rainout The Brewers and Cubs split their weekend series, but that was because they only played two games instead of three. Saturday’s game was called due to the threat of rain, but the weather was dry enough to where you could argue that the game could have been completed. This led the Brewers to accuse the Cubs of basically ducking them for a day. This quote from Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell says it all. #Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Cubs p[...]



Atlanta Braves 40-man Roster

2017-05-21T11:12:35-04:00

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Current as of May 21