Games of March 3
Garin Cecchini, Red Sox: 0-1, 2 BB. These are the types of lines you could see often from Cecchini, who has an excellent eye and draws a lot of walks. The former fourth-rounder isn't the typical corner profile, with only 14 career minor league home runs in 279 games.
Danny Santana, Twins: 2-5, 2 3B, 3 RBI. Santana has blazing speed and can play all over the field, making him a prime utility candidate soon. His ceiling is a second-division starter.
My first look at Georgia Tech this year produced the "ho-hum, Tech is good" sentiment that has become common for the program for years now. The Yellow Jackets are a solid team top to bottom and should be considered a regional threat again.
Giants minor league second baseman Ryan Jones has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance, according to Joey Nowak of MLB.com.
Jones tested positive for Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Jones' suspension will take effect at the beginning of the 2014 season.
We all know what Andrelton Simmons is capable of defensively. Youtube videos have been created. He's getting his own bobblehead this season, and it's not because he hit 17 home runs in 2013. I mean, the guy can flip the ball to first or second base from the seat of his pants, or even when the seat of his pants is off the ground.
He's basically Superman with a dirty uniform and glove.
The Braves released their broadcast schedule for 2014 spring training, featuring seven televised games.
The televised games are March 13 at 1:05 p.m. (SportSouth), March 21 at 1:05 (SportSouth), March 22 at 1:05 (SportSouth), March 23 at 1:05 (Fox Sports South), March 24 at 6:05 (Fox Sports South), March 25 at 1:05 (ESPN), March 27 at 1:05 (SportSouth).
Nine games will be on the Braves Radio Network. Almost all games will be broadcasted on either 680 AM/93.7 FM or 1230/1340 AM.
For the second consecutive year, college baseball's Division I schedule began with an intriguing local matchup between Georgia and Georgia Southern, and it was another good series.
Georgia Southern won two of three in Athens. The Eagles split an opening doubleheader Saturday 9-3 and 11-3, and they won Sunday's rubber game 18-4. Despite facing cold temperatures in the opener, the two teams hammered out big offensive games throughout.
Normally, extensions are good. Extensions are very good when they lock up young players to reasonable deals. It shows a team has a plan for both the present and future, and that's all one can ask for out of a front office.
The Braves have taken the initiative to keep their core of young players around for the duration of their prime years, with Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran locked up for their primes, and even Jason Heyward getting a capped amount by the time he reaches his prime.
It wasn't long ago that people were clamoring for long-term extensions for young Braves. Now, we have multiple extensions in the span of a two weeks.
The Braves announced Friday they came to terms on a six-year extension with Julio Teheran. Ken Rosenthal reported the deal worth $32.4 million. Jon Heyman reported a seventh option year worth $12 million with a $1 million buyout.
No. 8 USC Aiken (4-2)
The Pacers faced one of their toughest non-conference weekends ever, according to coach Kenny Thomas, when they played host to No. 1 Tampa, No. 4 Mount Olive and Shepherd this past weekend. It was almost a perfect weekend for USC Aiken, and the Pacers should come away with confidence.