The SEC Network released its college baseball schedule Thursday for the ESPN networks, marking a second season of lengthy network coverage of SEC baseball.
The network began this type of air time for SEC baseball for the 2015 season, and it was met with positive reviews. College baseball is starting to gain traction nationwide and this boosted its exposure. Keep in mind some of these games are found on SEC Network's online service and access is limited to those who have the channel.
The Braves announced Thursday the list of non-roster invitees to spring training, which totals 27.
The Braves are bringing back an event this month that has been popular for many teams in recent years.
The Atlanta Braves FanFest will be held Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Turner Field. The fan event will be a celebration for the final season in the ballpark as the Braves prepare to move to Cobb County in 2017.
Left-hander Andrew Faulkner put together a season to remember in 2015, including making his major league debut. The Texas Rangers capped it off Tuesday by recognizing him for his accomplishments.
The Rangers named Faulkner the organization's minor league reliever of the year.
Faulkner, a South Aiken product drafted in the 14th round in 2011, had a 4.19 ERA in 92 1/3 innings for Double-A Frisco before throwing eight scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He finished the season in the Texas bullpen and gave up three runs in 9 2/3 innings.
When the Braves started the rebuild and traded Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton and so on, each return was full of talent. The headliners of each return tended to grade out as mid-rotation arms, which is nothing to sneeze at and proves valuable when stockpiled.
When the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels, it was a bit different because the return centered on one prospect with the potential to be above the rest in Sean Newcomb. He became the team's top prospect by most accounts.
Augusta University's baseball program announced the signings of four players for the 2017 season during the early signing period.
Infielders Jake Bogosian and Adam Spurlin, and right-handed pitchers Beau Dalton and Noah Fairburn, signed their letters of intent to play baseball for the Jaguars. The four represent a solid group of talent coming to Augusta in 2017 under coach Jason Eller.
The Augusta GreenJackets announced game times for the 2016 season, highlighted by new times for Saturdays.
Monday through Friday games will start at the usual 7:05 p.m., with two exceptions. Baseball and Education Day will be held April 27 at 10:35 a.m. against Kannapolis. Super Splash Day will be held June 29 at 12:05 p.m. against Asheville.
The GreenJackets will again switch up Sunday game times when the summer heat rolls in. For Sunday games in April and May, the start time is 2:05 p.m. For June through September, it's 5:05 p.m.
The Braves announced Tuesday the signings of 10 minor league free agents with invites to spring training.
These types of signings typically result in minor league depth at Triple-A or spring cuts, with the occasional arm or utility player sticking with the big league group as a reliever or bench bat. Some of the names from Atlanta's list are already familiar within the organization.
The Nov. 20 deadline marked the latest that a team can add a player to the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Draft, which occurs at the end of December's Winter Meetings.
A question posed when John Coppolella became general manager was how it would immediately affect the front office makeup and whether there would be additions.