The Braves announced Tuesday the signings of 10 minor league free agents with invites to spring training.
These types of signings typically result in minor league depth at Triple-A or spring cuts, with the occasional arm or utility player sticking with the big league group as a reliever or bench bat. Some of the names from Atlanta's list are already familiar within the organization.
The Nov. 20 deadline marked the latest that a team can add a player to the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Draft, which occurs at the end of December's Winter Meetings.
A question posed when John Coppolella became general manager was how it would immediately affect the front office makeup and whether there would be additions.
Augusta GreenJackets infielder Travious Relaford was suspended 50 games Monday for a second positive test for a banned substance.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Relaford received the suspension without pay after the positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2016 season.
People don’t like change. Tear down their favorite team that they grew up watching, spent money on, traveled miles to see in person, and turn them into something that finishes in last place, and you get some serious anger. Why anyone gets angry about a sports team they can’t control is beyond me, but they get angry. I’ve already been called out in a personal way for simply saying it was a fair trade for both sides.
The fans showed up for Jake Smith.
The former Augusta GreenJacket and Augusta-area product was voted Minor League Baseball's Best Reliever for the 2015 season. The awards (MiLBYs) were open to fan voting online for each position, and Smith was in the running for top reliever in the minor leagues. MiLB staff chose Orioles minor leaguer Oliver Drake.
A handful of area high school baseball players competed in the biggest amateur showcase stage this past weekend, including a couple standouts who performed well for scouts.
South Aiken senior right-hander Owen Griffith and Westside senior left-hander Jonathan Jahn were teammates for Braves Scout Team/Ohio Warhawks in the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla. Their team was managed by former Braves great Fred McGriff. The two threw on separate days and both looked good on the mound.
Minor League Baseball is currently conducting voting for its annual awards (MiLBYs) for each position throughout the minors, and one category has a name familiar to baseball fans in the Augusta area.