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.
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.
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.
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.
The Augusta GreenJackets roster was released Friday, featuring some notable names and intriguing prospects. I will break down the roster with a series of blog posts featuring player blurbs this weekend. For now, here's the rull roster.
Ramon Del Orbe
It's a rebuilding year for Cross Creek baseball this season. That much is obvious with coach Tavis Cummings using games as teaching opportunities with mound visits, mechanical lessons to players on deck and conversations with baserunners and defenders to be in the proper spots.
But the future is bright with two young standouts, both of which were on display Saturday against Fox Creek.
South Aiken played host to North Augusta on Tuesday night, not only as a solid region matchup, but a good way to watch some of the better area South Carolina talent between two good programs.
What was deemed a positive mechanical change to Chris Johnson’s swing has seemingly been put on the backburner as the third baseman tries to make an adjustment to shorten his hands to the strike zone this spring.
It's been quite an impressive past few weeks for Midland Valley athletics.
The Mustangs boys basketball team won the South Carolina Class AAA State Championship in Columbia on March 7 in its first trip to the title game in program history.
Much was made of Mike Foltynewicz's outing Wednesday night for a couple reasons: The slowed drive to the plate and improved command. But the big righty did something else in the outing that is perhaps as important, but apparently wasn't discussed.
The embedded Vine I created shows what I'm talking about. Foltynewicz threw a breaking ball with tighter spin and sharper bite at 83, followed by his patented curveball with big depth at 78 as the next pitch.