By: David Lee on September 21, 2014 - 11:38am - 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 - 12:57pm - 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 - 1:17pm - 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 - 1:51pm - 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

By: David Lee on September 4, 2014 - 12:41pm - Add new comment

B.J. Upton changed things again.


Upton has proven himself to be a tinkerer at the plate. At the beginning of 2012, he was fluid but with huge head-to-toe movement toward the ball. By the end of 2012, he was rigid with little momentum to the ball and had developed the dreadful extended trigger.


His swing was the same at the beginning of 2013, which should have been a warning of bad things to come. He had basically killed momentum to the ball and slowed his swing for the purpose of shortening his actions. The result was a .184 average.


By: David Lee on September 3, 2014 - 12:47pm - Add new comment

Keury Mella


6-2, 200

International sign by San Francisco Giants, Dominican Republic, 2011

2014 A: 66.1 IP, 3.93 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 22 K%, 4.6 BB%, .337 BABIP

A-: 19.2 IP, 1.83 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 24.7 K%, 7.4 BB%, .302 BABIP


OFP: 65; No. 2 starter

Realistic: 55; No. 3/4 starter

Risk: High; injury on present report



Fastball: 60 present; 70 future; 90-97, t98

By: David Lee on August 21, 2014 - 9:53pm - Add new comment

Right-handed relievers Ray Black and Jake Smith have been assigned to Advanced-A San Jose and will report to the Giants on Friday.


The two relievers have been steady contributors for the Augusta GreenJackets this season. Black recorded a 3.73 ERA with 14 walks to 64 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. His 50.8 percent strikeout rate is the best in professional baseball this year.


Smith had a 2.79 ERA with 30 walks to 77 strikeouts in 58 innings. His 48 appearances is second most in the South Atlantic League.


By: David Lee on August 17, 2014 - 11:06pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - Braves left-hander Mike Minor experienced a rough patch in the middle of this season, but his past two starts against a couple of solid offenses have shown encouraging signs.


Minor has struck out 14 over his past 13.2 innings spanning two starts against the Dodgers and Athletics. He struck out seven while allowing two runs on four hits against Oakland on Sunday night.


By: David Lee on August 17, 2014 - 4:04pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - Although the Oakland Athletics are in an offensive funk that has resulted in six losses in the past seven games, the weekend series against the Atlanta Braves shows how many miles apart these two offenses can be.


The Athletics are hitting .250/.325/.397 with a team .320 wOBA, 106 wRC+ and 22.1 fWAR.


The Braves are hitting .245/.309/.370 with a team .302 wOBA, 91 wRC+ and 14.9 fWAR.


By: David Lee on August 16, 2014 - 10:24pm - Add new comment

ATLANTA - Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran rode his changeup early and hard Saturday night against a left-handed-heavy Oakland Athletics lineup, showing how effective he can be in different ways.


Teheran seemed to make a point to establish his changeup against Oakland's lefty hitters, resulting in a 17 percent usage over six innings. His high for changeup usage in a game this season is 18 percent.


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