By: David Lee on April 17, 2015 - 11:14pm - Add new comment

Friday, April 17 - Rome 6, Augusta 3

 

Things to watch:

1. Ricardo Sanchez - The young Braves left-hander only threw 2.2 innings after failing to get out of trouble in the third, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He had swing-and-miss stuff but was inefficient and lacked command at times.

 

By: David Lee on April 17, 2015 - 2:19pm - Add new comment

Friday, April 17 - 7:05 p.m.

Rome Braves (2-5)

LHP Ricardo Sanchez (4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K)

vs.

Augusta GreenJackets (4-4)

LHP Mark Reyes (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 4 K)

 

First-pitch weather: 70 degrees, overcast, 50 percent chance of rain

Promotions: Team photo giveaway and autograph session; reading night

 

Things to watch:

By: David Lee on April 16, 2015 - 10:59pm - Add new comment

Thursday, April 16 - Augusta 1, Rome 0

 

Things to watch:

1. Johneshwy Fargas vs. Rome catchers - Fargas stole his seventh base of the season by beating a 1.9 pop time from Bryan De La Rosa, who threw from his knees. De La Rosa transferred the ball quickly but didn't get as much on it as he normally does, and the throw sailed a little. Fargas beat it pretty easily.

 

By: David Lee on April 16, 2015 - 2:17pm - Add new comment

Thursday, April 16 - 7:05 p.m.

Rome Braves (2-4)

RHP Brandon Barker (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 K)

vs.

Augusta GreenJackets (3-4)

RHP Nathanael Santiago (5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 K)

 

First-pitch weather: 63 degrees, overcast, 10 percent chance of rain

Promotions: Opening Night; magnetic schedule giveaway to first 3,500 fans; Launch-A-Ball; postgame concert series with Joe Stevenson

 

Things to watch:

By: David Lee on April 15, 2015 - 12:13pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - With the tying run at the plate and facing one of the best 2-3 hitter combinations in the National League, Jim Johnson opened eyes with perhaps the best stuff he's had in quite a while.

 

By: David Lee on April 14, 2015 - 11:38pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - Trevor Cahill entered the season with a noticeable change in his delivery as an attempt to regain the downhill plane and movement lost in 2014, but his first start showed there's plenty work to be done.

 

Cahill came out with a flat sinker and poor command in his first start for the Braves, resulting in four runs allowed on three walks and five hits in 2.1 innings.

 

By: David Lee on April 8, 2015 - 11:37pm - Add new comment

The Augusta GreenJackets held their first practice at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Wednesday night as they prepare to travel to Greenville for the season opener Thursday. While pitching observations won't come until games start, this practice was an opportunity to see what kind of hitting and defense Augusta will have this season.

 

By: David Lee on April 5, 2015 - 10:23pm - Add new comment

The Braves have made a lot of moves this off-season that are geared toward the future, particularly 2017 when the new stadium opens. Perhaps no move has a more clear intention than Sunday's swap with the Padres.

 

The Braves traded Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to the Padres for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the 41st overall pick in June's draft.

 

By: David Lee on April 5, 2015 - 7:45pm - Add new comment

Part 2 of the Augusta GreenJackets roster breakdown is position players, headlined by catcher Aramis Garcia, easily the highest draft pick on the team. Part 1 on Augusta's pitching can be found here. As another reminder, the list is somewhat ranked according to names that intrigue me the most coming into the season, while noting that my information is limited to sources, reports and video for newcomers until I see them for myself.

 

By: David Lee on April 4, 2015 - 5:22pm - Add new comment

Part 1 of the Augusta GreenJackets roster breakdown is pitching, headlined by Dominican prospect Michael Santos, the lone teenager on a staff full of college arms and older international signings. The top three on this list represent the arms with the most upside as of now, with a reminder that my information is limited to sources, reports and video until I see them for myself.

 

Michael Santos:

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