By: David Lee on February 10, 2015 - 3:20pm - Add new comment

Name: Austin Allen
Position: Catcher
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 225
B/T: L/R
Team: Florida Tech
Class: Junior
Draft: Rounds 6-10 

 

Physical/health:

Big upper-body strength; big mass above waist; some pudge; lower-body strength a tick behind; strength stands out on field; body causes slower actions; slow feet; durable frame.

 

Hit tool: 4 potential

By: David Lee on February 9, 2015 - 11:56am - Add new comment

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.”

 

By: David Lee on February 8, 2015 - 6:14pm - Add new comment

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.

 

By: David Lee on February 5, 2015 - 6:06pm - Add new comment

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.

By: David Lee on February 2, 2015 - 11:44am - Add new comment

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.

 

By: David Lee on February 1, 2015 - 9:37pm - Add new comment

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.

 

By: David Lee on January 30, 2015 - 12:03pm - Add new comment

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.

 

By: David Lee on January 26, 2015 - 5:58pm - Add new comment

Regardless of the reason, area college baseball coaches agreed with the NCAA's decision to allow the Division II schedule to open before Feb. 1.

 

By: David Lee on January 25, 2015 - 2:29pm - Add new comment

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.

 

By: David Lee on January 24, 2015 - 7:40pm - Add new comment

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.

 

 
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