1:04 pm March 30, 2009, by David O'Brien
Wayne in Utah
March 30th, 20092:29 pm
Speaking of burgers, the best burgers I have ever had (besides on my grill in my backyard) were at Dave’s Giant Heimburger in Fairfield, CA. Gotta get em w/ grilled onions and mayo.
It’s about lunch time here!
March 30th, 20092:31 pm
DOB – Any ideas on who or what the Braves need or could get in a trade for J. Anderson?
Smoltz would probably take out a full page ad in the AJC if he thought anyone actually read the paper.Huzzah! Perhaps an ad on the online Braves page?
DOB, do you think Schafer is just getting some rest or did you notice something on his groundout?
Ditto on the comment from KC. Smoltz went down a notch or two in my eyes for the way he has conducted himself.
THIS JUST IN: Josh Anderson traded to Tigers for minor league pitcher Rudy Darrow.
March 30th, 20092:32 pm
DOB, any chance the Braves sign Marcus Giles and let him re-establish himself, starting in Gwinnett?
there your answer about center field.
If only I could have witnessed what I just did – instead of being the idiot doing it. I felt a huge sneeze coming and had to make that choice between a conservative sneeze and letting it all hang out. So, I got all caught in limbo and when the sneeze came my face did something completely stupid and I bit my freaking tongue. It’s actually bleeding.
March 30th, 20092:33 pm
Schafer is starting CF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111
nice. THE JORDAN SCHAFER ERA IS UNDERWAY.
Schafer’s our CF. Congrats Jordan!!!!
Well that’s that then.
Dan Kolb – Six Flags already has that ride…its called the Free Fall.
Wayne Does that McDouble come with double meat, double cheese or both?
Seein’ as how it’s a McDouble, I guess it’d have to be both, right?
LOL! Turkey patties, heh…heh…ew…
Haha! I didn’t even think of that…
atta boy J-Shaf!!!!!!!!!!
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Martin Prado replaces second baseman Kelly Johnson, batting 1st, playing second base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: David Ross replaces catcher Brian McCann, batting 4th, playing catcher.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Reid Gorecki replaces center fielder Jordan Schafer, batting 9th, playing center field.
March 30th, 20092:34 pm
Talk about the power of the blog! I think DOB was holding out on us until one of us asked the question about trading Anderson. Thanks for the quick update.
Glad to hear about the Anderson trade and wish him luck with the Tigers. Congrats to Jordan Schafer who is obviously now the Braves new centerfielder. Anybody know anything about Rudy Darrow?
WOOOO HOOOOO!!! I love trades when it involves lamers getting out!
Based on the past few deals between the Braves and Tigers, Darrow should become a big star
March 30th, 20092:35 pm
YES JORDAN SCHAFER IS OUR CF. GO BRAVES!
is Anderson at the game today? That’s gotta be AWKWARRRRD. I bet Schafer is going to try and not smile too wide around him until his crap is cleaned out. What good news this is.
18 Wheels of Love
Holy Schnikies! Trade! Hello big leaguer Jordan schafer.
So I guess Blanco is now our starting CF.
Steve from OH
Well, I guess that seals it…
Darrow is a 24 year old relief pitcher with a career 2.52 ERA in 103 2/3 career minor league innings. He has 101K’s to 31 BB’s and a career 1.18 WHIP. He appeared in 14 games at AA last season, his highest level yet reached.
March 30th, 20092:36 pm
Wha–Josh Anderson was…traded?? Fo…for minor league pitching?
Golly, that’s my fault, I guess…I voted for him in the poll…I think…
Ross is in now, eh? OK.
did they take Shafer out so he could celebrate?
I thought we’d get Rudy the movie, but RD will have to do.
2008 info on Rudy Darrow from mlb.com…
2008 Career Highlights: By Year: yyyy 2008
Split the 2008 season between Single A West Michigan and Double A Erie, compiling a 5-3 record, 2.02 ERA (62.1IP/14ER) and 10 saves in 47 appearances…Did not allow a run in his first nine outings with the Whitecaps April 4-23, fannings 11 batters in 10.2 innings of work…Tied for fifth in the Midwest League with three wins during April — posted a 0.63 ERA (14.1IP/1ER) and 13 strikeouts in 11 appearances during the month…Fanned a season-high four batters on May 24 versus Dayton…Tossed a season-best four innings of relief on June 29 versus Lansing…Promoted to Erie from West Michigan on July 27…Compiled a 1.13 ERA (8.0IP/1ER) and three saves in his first seven outings with Erie July 28-August 14…Second in the Eastern League with six saves during August…Combined to limit righthanded batters to a .168 batting average (20×119) with West Michigan and Erie…lefties hit .271 (32×118) against him during his two stops…Appeared in 11 games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season, posting a 1-0 record, 2.92 ERA (12.1IP/4ER) and 18 strikeouts.
Tomahawkin' Again (Like it's 1991)
Whoa! Great news about the trade because Schafer earned the CF job this spring. So, does this mean Blanco is the back-up?
March 30th, 20092:37 pm
great news on CF. Great for the team to get the deserving kid in there and hopefully great for Josh to get some PT on a new team. Sucks to be in Detroit though
yesssssss DOB i heard it here first!!
March 30th, 20092:38 pm
Rudy Darrow, 25, was 5-3 with a 2.02 ERA in 47 relief appearances last season in A-ball and Double-A in the Tigers system, and held right-handed hitters to a .168 average. The hard-throwing right-hander had 57 strikeouts with 23 walks in 63-1/3 innings, and had a groundball-to-flyball ratio of 4.8.
(for some comparison, Brandon Webb led the majors with a 3.2 ratio, and D. Lowe was second at 2.6)
The ghost of Will Ohman
There you have it, Schafer’s 100% our man. I’m as thrilled as a baseball fan gets. Thanks for the scoop, DOB.
Bub, I feel you on the sneeze disorder. Im a consistent 2-3x/hr sneezer and I BRING IT, you gotta let it all go dude. Its kinda like in football when they tell you to just go all out and you wont get hurt, but if you try to take it easy on the other guy and not hurt them thats when you break your neck.
March 30th, 20092:39 pm
Darrow is a sidearmer according to BA.
The numbers on this Darrow kid are pretty good in 3 seasons. He has a 9-6 record with 101 k’s in 103.1 innings and an ERA of 2.52
I agree with you on that. One thing I do strongly believe is we wouldn’t have Lowe if Smoltz and Glavine stayed. Not based on the fact of not needing Lowe, but the fact he may not have wanted to pitch on a team that might have injury problems or not seeing him as the number 1. I don’t think any player wouldn’t want to pitch with Smoltz, but some problems are able to be thought of.
March 30th, 20092:40 pm
Now would be a good time for any “hold outs” to jump on the Schafer express!
Wow, that’s big news.
chip off the ol block
wow i thought there would be a trade, didnt think it would be today tho
so do yall think this new guy will ever make it up to the bigs and actually help the Braves?
atleast we got something for anderson..
March 30th, 20092:41 pm
Almost sounds like the return of Joey Devine.
What’s the score? Is KK still in there?
Detroit traded us a young, upside pitcher? Have we got a mole over there or something?
Little note about Darrow. Evidently, a legit prospect out of Junco
Darrow — a right-hander with a side-arm delivery — allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his spring debut in relief against New York, too. Darrow followed that performance with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against Panama last Wednesday.
He previously held right-handers to a .166 batting average last year in combined stints at West Michigan and Erie.
Looks like a useful bullpen piece down the line. Not a bad haul for a guy we would have had to give away.
ChopShop, if I’m not mistaken once a trade goes down, which probably Anderson was told before the game today and its just now being released to the media, the player pretty much cleans out his locker and gets in touch with his new team asap. I suppose most stick around until the game is over and say their goodbyes but some don’t…
March 30th, 20092:42 pm
Jeez… It sounds like Darrow is a quality pitching prospect. Just can’t have too much of that, especially with so many of our pen guys coming off injuries/surgery. Nice going Frank W. Outstanding move in my humble opinion. Thanks also to Steve in O and Steve C. for the quick info.
Video of Rudy Darrow throwing
March 30th, 20092:43 pm
According to my trusty BA Prospect Handbook Darrow is their 14th best prospect and has a crazy good side-arm sinking fastball, good slider, and a developing change.
Pretty amazing return for J Anderson if you ask me.
Rev. Otis Nixon
My only question would be his age. Seems like someone with that much talent should be at the major league level at 25. But I don’t know his story.
The only thing concerning about Darrow’s stats, is that he’s only pitched a total of 103 innings in 3 years in the minors, and only 78 games. That averages to 25 games per season.
A little strange. I wonder if he had injury problems one year.
Detroit was expecting Darrow to pitch in the bigs this year, too, so we potentially did well in the deal.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Reid Gorecki replaces center fielder Jordan Schafer, batting 9th, playing center field.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jason Bay flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Kevin Youkilis singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
B:0 S:3 O:2 – Mike Lowell strikes out swinging.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Steve Green flies out to left fielder Matt Diaz.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Jeff Corsaletti replaces left fielder Jason Bay, batting 3rd, playing left field.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Anthony Rizzo replaces first baseman Kevin Youkilis, batting 4th, playing first base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Ryan Dent replaces third baseman Mike Lowell, batting 5th, playing shortstop.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive switch from shortstop to third base for Steve Green.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Enrique Gonzalez replaces Daisuke Matsuzaka.
March 30th, 20092:44 pm
Wow I thought Anderson would be favored over Jordan just cause all the hype about Anderson but I’m glad they found a solution…I personally wouldn’t want Anderson starting over Schafer, but Schafer starting over Blanco is okay to me. In my mind if Anderson or Blanco won the job the team would want Scafer to get full time playing in AAA. But I’m glad he’ll be up in the bigs!!!!
we now have three spots open on the 40-man
God…How awasome is the Internet…in less that few minute we have that Kid Stat….Look good to me…GO BRAVOS
“Brandon Webb led the majors with a 3.2 ratio, and D. Lowe was second at 2.6″. Isn’t 2.6 better than 3.2? Fill me in here.
apparently Darrow has already had TJ surgery
He actually does looks like Joey Devine throwing….
So is Darrow a starter or reliever?
Congrats to Jordan-he deserves it and earned it. But I think he should thank all of us on this blog who said that Schafer should be our CF and we need him on the MLB club, as I know that’s the reason the Braves decided to go with him and trade Anderson. Right?
March 30th, 20092:45 pm
Rudy Darrow pitched on the same AZ fall league team as Hanaon. he’s a reliever, who had a 2.02 ERA between A/AA last year. 1.20 WHIP and 8+ K’s per 9 innings. He just turned 25, so he is not a real hot prospect. Throws right and is only 5′10″.
Rev. Otis Nixon, Darrow was a college pitcher, so age isn’t that much of a concern.
Home-grilled burgers are one of the better things in life–a sign of Spring! Give me a burger with ketchup and pickles with some mac-and-cheese on the side after a Sunday afternoon Braves game! Throw in some grilled portobella (however you spell it) mushrooms, too…
Tell you what else I love in the Spring–chop up some chicken and celery and mix ‘em with shredded cheese and mayonnaise. Then spread that on a sesame bun and warm it up…Aw man…sheer heaven…
March 30th, 20092:46 pm
Dude, don’t yell at The Dude. Maybe he got the numbers flip flopped. He’s multitasking here, cut him some slack.
March 30th, 20092:47 pm
In yesterday Game Jordan make a Play that i think Bobby Cox open eyes and the decision came yesterday. The play was when he hit the cut off man, Yunel, a took the runner out in homeplate. This play was a fundamental baseball all around.
March 30th, 20092:48 pm
Sucks [for Anderson] to be in Detroit though
Behind Granderson? Kinda.
The Bloviator Downstairs
Isn’t 2.6 better than 3.2? Fill me in here (dimwitted name changing blogger)
3.2 GBs for every FB is a better rate than 2.6 GBs for every FB
Ghost of Dan Kolb
March 30th, 20092:49 pm
WHAT!!, no, silly goose. higher is better. grounders dont get caught by fans. get it? or should i type in caps?
March 30th, 20092:50 pm
Seems like there’s a Detroit – Atlanta thing going. Maybe Frank can get us one of their big bats?
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Chipper Jones grounds out to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
B:0 S:3 O:2 – David Ross strikes out swinging.
B:4 S:0 O:2 – Garret Anderson walks.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Jeff Francoeur singles on a line drive to right fielder Che-Hsuan Lin. Garret Anderson to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Casey Kotchman flies out to center fielder Chip Ambres.
Flange1 we refer to him as “Joey Grand Slam”
Just to go back to the game, according to Gameday KK has only thrown 42 pitches in 6 innings and is coming out to pitch the 7th
March 30th, 20092:51 pm
This is the real Heath (frequent reader…seldom poster)… Why do people post under other people’s name? I know nothing of this Ohman thing the imposter put on the blog folks.
Good to hear the Schafer’s path to play CF is pretty much cleared. Can’t wait for opening night on Sunday.
Now they have Acosta pitching the 7th
I know you kind of addressed it in the blog opener DOB, but who do you think gets the nod (your gut) for batting lead-off? KJ or Schafer?
I’m gonna assume that KJ will be there to start the season. But many of us (I think you included), think KJ could be a very productive bottom of the order, run producer. I really think that if KJ had guys on ahead of him, he could knock in around 80-100 runs.
That being said, no need to initially put too much pressure on Jordan, by thrusting him into the lineup as the spark….. unless Bobby thinks he’s ready for it.
Either way, I’m excited that he’s gonna get his chance right away. Having Blanco (with options remaining) is a nice fallback if Jordan is in over his head. Also, having B. Jones as a fall back, in case G. Andderson (Hey… we can stop adding the G or the J before Anderso, huh?), has injury issues.
It’s not like at this point either Blanco or B. Jones are a reincarnation of Barry Bonds out there, but depth none the less.
It’s a new era. Now all we need, is Hanson up shortly, and Heyward at the beginnin of next year, and we’re off!
Let the Jordan Schafer era begin ladies and gents!! And we got a pretty decent piece in return as well it seems.
March 30th, 20092:52 pm
THe higher the groundball-to-flyabll ratio is better. If the ball is on the ground, it cannot go out of the park.
I just got a fortune cookie that read “Arm awaken like cave bear succeptible to long high fly”
From John Sickels’ Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects for 2009 – http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/1/8/713581/detroit-tigers-top-20-pros
“11) Rudy Darrow, RHP, Grade C+: Extreme ground ball tendency along with decent strikeout rate, looks like a nice middle reliever.”
and just the city in general in these times. Maybe GM will cut him a sweet deal on a lease
looks like a pretty solid trade….i’m shocked we got anything of value out of it considering that everyone knew what are options were
10-80, great analogy. Really drove it home….
March 30th, 20092:53 pm
Do we really need a big bat? I mean, maybe we will in July, but Frank has done a good job dropping players we don’t need on them, like Edgar and Anderson. I liked Josh Anderson, poor guy just can’t find a team to fit for. I honestly hope he fits in with the Tigers.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Van Pope replaces third baseman Chipper Jones, batting 3rd, playing third base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Gregor Blanco replaces right fielder Jeff Francoeur, batting 6th, playing right field.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Greg Norton replaces first baseman Casey Kotchman, batting 7th, playing first base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Manny Acosta replaces Kenshin Kawakami.
Darrow might be a nice pick up, but wouldn’t it have been great if it were Ranata? (the lefty reliever they pitched yesterday)
Oh…the sound of the lawn mower…the birds are singing…this is it folks–it’s almost Sunday…
Jersey Gil, yeah, I think this internet thing-a-ma-jigger just might stick!
March 30th, 20092:54 pm
Opposite field single for Jeff
“11) Rudy Darrow, RHP, Grade C+”
Here in Philadelphia in ESPN 95 there are talking about why MLB Schedule Opening day game at night, intead of a day game. All because ESPN. That night will be cold, hope Chipper do ok…Remember that game in San Fran? Keep your finger cross….
Oh so Darrow with a 4.8 ratio is a better groundball pitcher than Webb or Lowe. Nice pick up! Is he a starter or reliever?
So what # is Jordan going to wear? I’m going to say Ronnie Gant’s old number-5. I think he had it in the minors.
March 30th, 20092:55 pm
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edit: Jeff Frankk1boeur
March 30th, 20092:56 pm
I’m writing that one down. Sounds good!
March 30th, 20092:57 pm
Just got back to cold Ohio from a week down in the Keys…are we still in contention for the Grapefruit League title after last week’s losses? I guess I can’t ever go on vacation again, unless it’s to Atlanta for a game!
Am I the only one who’s a little sad that Anderson didn’t make the cut? I liked the idea of having Schafer back in AAA this year as a backup if Anderson didn’t work out, but man, watching them compete this spring has been great. We would’ve done all right with either kid, I think.
Schafer has worn 2, 5, 11,64, and 73 in his career so far…my bets on 5
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