The start of Augusta's final stretch officially began with the recent three-game series at Asheville. If those three games are any indication of how the final weeks of the season play out, GreenJackets fans could be in for a treat.
The GreenJackets swept the Tourists three in a row to climb within a half-game of them in the South Atlantic League Southern Division second-half standings. The GreenJackets enter Monday in third place at 3.5 games behind Savannah.
Former South Aiken star Andrew Faulkner is one step closer to the major leagues after being assigned to Triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday.
Faulkner, a 22-year-old left-hander in the Texas Rangers organization, was drafted in the 14th round in 2011 out of South Aiken. He's now one step away from becoming the first Thoroughbred product to play in the majors.
Tuesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 13
Hagerstown Suns 21-22, 56-55 (Washington Nationals)
Augusta GreenJackets 23-20, 56-56 (San Francisco Giants)
The long national nightmare is over. I was finally able to see Michael Santos throw.
Santos has made three starts for Augusta since coming off the disabled list for what continues to be an undisclosed injury that knocked him out for the entire first half. (I was initially told general arm soreness when it occurred and was never given an exact answer after that. Obviously, general arm soreness doesn't keep someone out for months.)
This trade is about a lot of things.
It’s more than just a player swap, and it shouldn’t be viewed as players for players. Therefore, let’s do this by breaking down the different components: player talent/risk (rolled into one) and financials.
The Braves received Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, Zach Bird and Miami’s Competitive Balance Pick A, which should fall in the 30s.
The Braves traded Alex Wood, Jose Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo.
Greenville (July 22-24)
C Aramis Garcia
It's been said a hundred times on this blog already this year, but Garcia has one of the smoothest and most balanced swings in Class A. There are zero wasted movements and he repeats it very well. It's one of the most basic swings you'll find on a pro hitter, and it leads to a lot of contact when he sees the ball well. Because of that, the hit tool shows above-average potential.
Something as odd as a player missing home plate on a home run is worthy of being news. When he misses the plate in the ninth inning and prevents his team from potentially winning the game, that's when you get national media coverage.
Talk to various Atlanta Braves hitters and personnel about the effects of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, and you'll get similar praises across the board.
Andrelton Simmons said Seitzer has basically revived Cameron Maybin at the plate. Simmons himself has toned his violent swing and made more contact under Seitzer's direction. Jace Peterson's top compliment was how Seitzer helps him prepare mentally.
Aside from Maybin, perhaps the greatest testimony for Seitzer is Kelly Johnson's season.