USC Aiken took care of business this past weekend in a series coach Kenny Thomas had been looking forward to since scheduling it more than a year ago.
The Pacers swept Trevecca Nazarene, Thomas’ alma mater, three straight, including two dominating wins that further showed the power in their lineup.
“I was so glad they came,” Thomas said. “They’re going to have a good ball club. I think we beat a good team this weekend, that’s for sure.”
The Braves traded third base/right field prospect Edward Salcedo to the Pirates for minor-league reliever Bryton Trepagnier on Thursday night. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan was first to report it.
The move can be described as a change-of-scenery acquisition for both sides. The Braves signed Salcedo to a $1.6 million bonus out of the Dominican Republic, the organization’s biggest international signing, but he has failed to make adjustments to pro ball.
On Sept. 23, 2014, Mike Foltynewicz faced Adrian Beltre to lead off the bottom of the seventh, his first inning on the mound in the game and 15th appearance in the major leagues.
On the first pitch, Foltynewicz threw a 73 mph curveball on the outside corner to freeze Beltre. The pitch had more vertical movement than Clayton Kershaw's average curveball at 1 mile per hour slower than Kershaw's average velo. Beltre noticeably said something to Astros catcher Carlos Corporan, and Beltre smiled as he stepped back into the box.
Georgia Regents opened its season by splitting a home-away series with Newberry, highlighted by an 11-1 win in the season opener Saturday.
Newberry rebounded to win 4-1 at home Sunday.
The Jaguars put up an impressive opening performance, racking up 11 runs on 18 hits, including four extra-base hits. Drew Taylor went 4 for 4 with a triple, RBI, walk and stolen base. Clint Hardy went 3 for 5 with two RBI and a stolen base.
The Braves made another move Friday with an eye toward the future, trading depth arms for two minor-league catchers, including one with legitimate prospect value.
The Braves traded David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.
Georgia Regents baseball coach Jason Eller is in Year 2 of the process toward building the program to contention in the Peach Belt Conference.
Part of that process involves giving the program an identity. For years, Georgia Regents games consisted of parents and girlfriends in attendance as the Jaguars worked toward .500 records. They split time between Lake Olmstead Stadium and their own field on Wrightsboro Road, struggling to make a name for themselves.
The Braves are clearly going in the direction of more contact in the lineup.
They’ve dealt away impact talent like Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, all serious producers but hitters who don’t make consistent contact within the strike zone or avoid strikeouts. The three were obviously dealt for bigger reasons than contact ability, but it’s worth noting all three fit that mold.
No Braves hitter's swing has been put under the microscope more over the past couple years than B.J. Upton's. The 30-year-old has made multiple swing tweaks since signing a five-year contract that runs through 2017, and I've profiled them here and here, not to mention so much time spent watching him on video.
The Braves signed Jonny Gomes to a one-year deal Thursday night, and president of baseball operations John Hart immediately went to words such as "intangibles," "makeup," "passion" and "example."
Then, by default, came negative responses to those terms, such as "empty," "horrible," "a dodge" and not as important, whatever, etc.