By: David Lee on October 14, 2014 - 5:24pm - Add new comment

Luis Ysla


6-1, 185

International sign, Venezuela

22 years old

2014 A: 121.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 22.4 K%, 8.8 BB%, .287 BABIP


OFP: 50; #4 starter/setup

Realistic: 40; middle relief

Risk: Medium



Fastball: 50 present; 60 future; 87-95, t96

By: David Lee on October 9, 2014 - 4:17pm - Add new comment

Major league pitchers are sneaky. They adjust to what works best for them, and that includes how to approach the better hitters in each lineup. Advance scouting and data also help.


We may be seeing this in action against Justin Upton. The Atlanta Braves outfielder saw a noticeable change in pitch selection this season, and it may signal a trend for his future success.


By: David Lee on September 30, 2014 - 2:04pm - Add new comment

The Atlanta Braves have an outfielder known as a chronic swing tinkerer. He's made several changes over the past few years, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.


B.J. Upton has already made a couple tweaks as a Brave and made plenty more major changes in Tampa Bay. Rays fans see the tweaks he's constantly making in Atlanta and likely nod in an unsurprising way.


But the player to Upton's left is making a case to become the new king of tweaks, and it might explain the direction his bat is heading as he enters his prime.


By: David Lee on September 29, 2014 - 3:44pm - Add new comment

Final stats for area professional players. The stat line combines numbers from all levels:



Tyler Colvin, North Augusta, OF, San Francisco, AAA: 50 games, .227/.278/.344, 21 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 43 K, 1 SB

Josh Whitaker, Augusta Christian, OF, Oakland, AAA-AA: 73 games, .295/.342/.488, 35 R, 83 H, 16 2B, 3B, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 20 BB, 64 K, 4 SB

Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State, OF, Boston, AAA-AA: 130 games, .260/.309/.345, 59 R, 120 H, 25 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 49 RBI, 33 BB, 90 K, 12 SB

By: David Lee on September 26, 2014 - 1:36pm - Add new comment

Part 2 of two-part series on the state of the Atlanta Braves and the writer's opinion on what should be done to improve the team. The first part can be found here.




By: David Lee on September 25, 2014 - 12:45pm - Add new comment

Part 1 of two-part series on the state of the Atlanta Braves and the writer's opinion on what should be done to improve the team.

No one can argue the Braves have fallen off a cliff the past few weeks. It’s a matter of a thin lineup being exposed to the fullest extent, combined with fatigue and the effort a group of humans can realistically be expected to show while losing game after game.


By: David Lee on September 21, 2014 - 12:38pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - The Braves announced their organizational awards for the minor leagues Saturday, led by a player of the year that came as no surprise.


Infielder Jose Peraza was named the Braves minor league player of the year for making major strides at the plate and showing the ability to adapt to different defensive assignments.


By: David Lee on September 11, 2014 - 1:57pm - Add new comment

Christian Arroyo


6-1, 180

19 years old

Drafted 1st round, Florida high school, 2013

2014 A: 125 PA, .203/.226/.271, .228 wOBA, 35 wRC+, .068 ISO, 3.2 BB%, 1 HR, 1 SB

A-: 267 PA, .333/.378/.469, .389 wOBA, 135 wRC+, .136 ISO, 6.7 BB%, 5 HR, 6 SB


OFP: 50; major league regular

Realistic: 40; utility role

Risk: High; lacks full-season success



Hit: 20 present; 55 future

By: David Lee on September 8, 2014 - 2:17pm - Add new comment

Ryder Jones


6-2, 200

20 years old

Drafted 2nd round, North Carolina high school, 2013

2014 A: 399 PA, .220/.272/.339, .283 wOBA, 71 wRC+, .119 ISO, 4.5 BB%, 7 HR, 6 SB

A-: 117 PA, .243/.293/.393, .317 wOBA, 90 wRC+, .150 ISO, 6 BB%, 3 HR, 1 SB


OFP: 55; above-average regular

Realistic: 50; major league regular

Risk: High; initial low-level struggles



Hit: 20 present; 55 future

By: David Lee on September 4, 2014 - 2:51pm - Add new comment

Ray Black


6-5, 225

Drafted 7th round, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

2014 A: 31.1 IP, 3.73 ERA, 1.45 FIP, 50.8 K%, 11.1 BB%, .333 BABIP

A+: 4 IP, H, R, ER, 2 BB, 7 K


OFP: 50; closer

Realistic: 45; set-up

Risk: High; extensive injury history



Fastball: 75 present; 80 future; 94-102, t103

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