1:58 pm June 30, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
July 1st, 201012:48 pm
where did you get info regarding minor?
July 1st, 201012:49 pm
UNCBrave…..It’s hard to gauge Minor’s value. Many people felt the Braves reached for him taking him #7 overall last year. I’d assume the trio at A ball have more value at this point. At least until Vizcaino got hurt.
McFann 1 :Ô: :Ô:
bravesgrl4life kiddo, you are now immortalized for the history books
Awesome! Is this really how I wanted to make my mark in history?
And as I typed that last post, I totally McFanned it
July 1st, 201012:50 pm
I would be very surprised if Minor is dealt. The Braves need a lefty in the rotation. The Braves were high on Minor even before his increase in velocity upped his ceiling.
I don’t get how Minor’s promotion to AAA helps his trade value. Is ERA was pretty bad in AA, how is facing better hitters going to help?
July 1st, 201012:51 pm
It was probably your NCAA Compliance Officer
July 1st, 201012:52 pm
Freeman may need a platoon partner if he is up on the big club next year. Nothing wrong with that though, imo.
Transylvania Co. Fan
July 1st, 201012:53 pm
Unfortunately McCann will be a Brave as long as he wants to take the home discount. I would figure that Mac is worth $15 million if Mauer is making $25 mil.
Brave4life-1995 all over again
July 1st, 201012:55 pm
Interesting article/slideshow from bleacher report
Final Day of MLB All-Star Voting: Three Players Who Most Need Your Votes
McCann is one of em’
July 1st, 201012:56 pm
Maybe MINOR was sent to AAA to help out the starting pitching. He’d proved all he needed to in MISSISSIPPI. Besides, that hapless offense and leaky defense probably didn’t improve the rook’s attitude any.
July 1st, 201012:58 pm
Transylvania Co. Fan–
What’s so unfortunate about that??
Thanks! I’ll give it a read!
July 1st, 20101:01 pm
Where did you play?
July 1st, 20101:05 pm
Good read, thanks for posting…
Unfortunately for St. Louis fans, Molina’s arm isn’t nearly enough to make up for McCann’s superiority in almost every other facet of the game.
Nicely worded. Have to say I agree…and I’m not just bias. I do like Molina…
July 1st, 20101:07 pm
richbrave, i agree with u totally.
Oh, and I like the picture that goes with BMac’s section of the article. Haha! But it looks like he came up to bat with his catching gear on…
July 1st, 20101:09 pm
Whenever a runner is stealing and McCann is back there, you can practically say safe 70% of the time. Ross is better defensively. But then most steals i’ve seen are against Tommy and Lowe, the two slowest releasers of the ball.
July 1st, 20101:10 pm
brian The Braves need a lefty in the rotation.
why? i see people say this fairly often, but im not sure ive caught on to the reasoning…
July 1st, 20101:12 pm
bravesfan Whenever a runner is stealing and McCann is back there, you can practically say safe 70% of the time.
this statement is true for about 100% of catchers in baseball.
July 1st, 20101:13 pm
gives other teams a different perspective to play against. Like against the braves, throw in a lefty, and we’re in trouble because we have few right-handed sticks.
July 1st, 20101:14 pm
I think Minor was probably promoted because they needed him at AAA. I don’t think it has anything to do with trades.
July 1st, 20101:15 pm
BravesFan Whenever a runner is stealing and McCann is back there, you can practically say safe 70% of the time.
Yeah, I mean, that’s actually not a bad thing.
But then most steals i’ve seen are against Tommy and Lowe, the two slowest releasers of the ball.
Ease™ in Buckhead
July 1st, 20101:16 pm
Crazy – pitched at OU
July 1st, 20101:17 pm
McFann – Awesome! Is this really how I wanted to make my mark in history?
It is just one way, girl. I have no doubt you will go on and make many more marks on this world – in the best of ways
July 1st, 20101:18 pm
Ease – I’m impressed (really). Was .Don your manager?
July 1st, 20101:19 pm
It’s not unusual for a hitter playing above age-level to see his splits widen some. Still, his OPS splits were pretty even last year, even with the wrist. He had some suckage at the beginning of this season against both sides, LOL, and that probably makes his overall LHP splits this year look a little worse.
If he’s up next year, I don’t think he’ll be platooned much, really. More rookie-sits-against-brutal-lefty stuff. He’s historically been pretty aggressive in the strike zone, which could work towards keeping him out of the pitchers’ counts that can be so deadly for young lefty hitters.
July 1st, 20101:23 pm
July 1st, 2010
I love how “McFanned” has become a verb on this blog. McFann, kiddo, you are now immortalized for the history books
I am sooo totally jealous!! JK! I love it…McFanned!
Well, I put the link in that last post, and forgot to qualify it: a side-by-side of three young 1B coming to the NL East, with Ike Davis, Logan Morrison, and Freeman.
July 1st, 20101:25 pm
raleighbravefan – seriously, this was more than little league…
July 1st, 20101:28 pm
Like against the braves, throw in a lefty, and we’re in trouble because we have few right-handed sticks.
Huh? I know the Braves struggle against lefties, but over half the lineup is right handed or switch hitters. Prado, Glaus, Escobar, Chipper, and Melky of the regulars. Plus Diaz is back now and David Ross plays about every fifth game. The only left handed regulars are McCann, Heyward, Hinske, and Blanco. Thing about the lefties is, a lot of right handers have problems against lefties too, not sure why that is. But it always seems that there are many more right handed batters that have problems against lefties than there are left handed batters that have problems against righties.
Dee I am sooo totally jealous!!
You should be.
July 1st, 20101:33 pm
So maybe a good off-day topic would be Troy Glaus. I haven’t heard much about this but it looks to me like his foot or feet are really hurting!
And in his last ten games he has just 3 hits. I’m hoping the day off does him much good. We’re going to need him in this little divisional stretch.
July 1st, 20101:34 pm
Minor was promoted so the organization could see what he does with a team that can catch the ball behind him. It is well known that the defense in Mississippi is very shoddy.
July 1st, 20101:40 pm
Yeah, Glaus has been kinda quiet lately. And I think he’s feet are buggin’ him, too.
This day off actually couldn’t have come at a better time…
Purty sure of yerself ain’t ya! But now I feel like the artist and the muse…where the muse gets all the cred.
Bay Area Steve
July 1st, 20101:41 pm
Thank you, Ease. Man, did I like that Prado paragraph…
July 1st, 20101:42 pm
Aw, Ease in Buckhead, we ♥ you, too
July 1st, 20101:43 pm
Ease – My bad, obviously.
July 1st, 20101:44 pm
Chase Utley apparently had surgery on that thumb today…
July 1st, 20101:45 pm
scoots, comparing a 20yo against two 23 year olds seems kind of unfair,doesn’t it? He seemed to be holding his own very well, will like him even more when he starts going opposite field a little more. He looks like the real thing.
July 1st, 20101:46 pm
You shouldn’t feel that way! I’m the artist in this bunch! (Seein’ as how Lew isn’t here at the moment…)
Seriously, though. You deserve the credit more than I do. All I did was screw up a bunch of posts.
McFann I said unfortunately because most players do not take the home discount. That would mean Mac moves on. I would love to route for him in ATL his whole career.
July 1st, 20101:47 pm
He did? Yikes…guess he’ll be out a while…
Flintriver – I’m no expert, but I think more batters of all kinds have trouble with lefties because they don’t see them as often.
July 1st, 20101:48 pm
5-6 weeks on Utley.
July 1st, 20101:49 pm
Oh, I getcha.
That would mean Mac moves on.
Eh, I don’t know. I could see him taking a “home discount.” He seems like that kinda guy. I’ll be pretty disappointed if he doesn’t…
July 1st, 20101:51 pm
So les filles are losing their best player for 35-40 games – UH OH!
July 1st, 20101:52 pm
BAS – You are welcome sir!
bravesgrl4lifeeeeee – Hugs all around!
raleighbravefan – Knew you were kidding
Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans
July 1st, 20101:57 pm
With JJ back, and with Medlin becoming a steady cog in the rotation, we’re the clear favorite to win the NL pennant.
Anyone who disagrees should be horse-whipped.
Ease, back in the day, did you bring the gas, or were you “crafty”?
raleighbravesfan—Yeah, that would be my guess too. I would imagine, for players from the US anyway, that would even go back to high school and coming up through little league as well. I don’t think I faced more than one or two lefties all four years of playing high school ball.
July 1st, 20102:00 pm
July 1st, 20102:01 pm
It feels like Christmas. Martin staring the ASG. Utley gone for about 30-40 games. KK in the BP.
I am literally floating on air.
Guess the Phillies know how the Braves felt a couple of years ago and the Mutts felt last season, losing so many important pieces to injury.
July 1st, 20102:02 pm
Minor led AA Baseball in strikeouts. I can’t wait to read what all the bloggers who berated the organization for drafting him so high have to say when he has Medlen-like numbers in Lawrenceville.
July 1st, 20102:03 pm
While I certainly feel sorry that Utley had to have surgery for his thumb injury…..I am relieved that Heyward’s injury was not severe enough to require that. Whew!!
July 1st, 20102:04 pm
I’m gonna have to charge you with an error at 1:19 for not including the qualifier. I know it’s tough to always remember to reference a link, but, well, that’s a reference you should have made.
Hope that doesn’t impact the rest of your blogging today.
So, because Hudson and Chipper were afraid that Yunel would start acting out, they felt the need to give me a pat and pep talk. Well, cry me a river Yunel. Did wittle Yunel get his wittle feelings hurt by the big bad umpire and scorekeeper? Yunel needs to grow up and quit acting like a big baby and his teammates need to quit treating him like he’s 6 years old. Be a man, Yunel. Bad calls happen…get over it;.
July 1st, 20102:05 pm
Ease – I knew you knew – oh never mind!
July 1st, 20102:06 pm
rammer, certainly an E-scoots, LOL. Official scorer got that one right.
I’m not gonna pout about it, though; I’m gonna keep my head up and just go hard at the next link.
July 1st, 20102:11 pm
Cry – Everyone can use encouragement from their friends. I don’t understand all the hating for Yunel.
Not everyone is coming from the same place, and not everyone has the same personality. I’m happy he is making what I consider to be major contributions to the team. Maybe Chipper and Huddy just were being good friends/teammates, not worried about Yunel’s reaction so much. We don’t know what was said.
July 1st, 20102:12 pm
Ok here is my All Star Ballot:
1B: M Cabrera, Detroit
2B: R Cano, NY Yankees
SS: D Jeter, NY Yankees
3B: A Beltre, Boston
C : J Mauer, Minnesota
DH: V Guerrero, Texas
OF: J Hamilton, Texas
OF: M Ordonez, Detroit
OF: A Rios, Chicago White Sox
1B: J Votto, Cincinnati
2B: M Prado, Atlanta
SS: H Ramirez, Florida
3B: D Wright, New York Mets
C : M Olivo, Colorado
OF: R Braun, Milwaukee
OF: A Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF: C Gonzalez, Colorado
July 1st, 20102:14 pm
Was it Arizona that had both Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Quentin coming up in their system at the same time?
July 1st, 20102:17 pm
Thattaway, scoots. I was very encouraged when you manned up at 1:23 and your 2:06 response exhibited maturity and determination. Combined with your grammatical skill set, you are on track to be, heck, one of top five bloggers in this, uh, bloggin place.
ncscoots: Nice link.
July 1st, 20102:18 pm
Nor do I understand why this kid gets bashed unmercifully. Maybe it’s because he’s so good the expectation level is through the roof.
July 1st, 20102:19 pm
Carlos y Carlos = Los ‘loses?
July 1st, 20102:22 pm
scoots – neither really, more of your general strikeout guy…I threw a great slurve and was very durable (rubber arm). But I also had a bad back and hamstring problems that limited my action…but still managed to be third on record list for saves and in top ten in K’s and appearances…
July 1st, 20102:25 pm
Amen, Raleigh! Who among us has not pouted about something in the last few years???
July 1st, 20102:27 pm
Ease, more pitchers on the forum is good; the more there are, the more we can hold back that bleepin’ catcher, nolie. You know how catchers are, LOL.
July 1st, 20102:29 pm
McFann I agree Mac may be a guy like Hudson that would rather be happy than max out their wages. I bet if you asked Gary Sheffield he would say he should have stayed in Atlanta for a few million less. The fans loved him and he never fit in New York or Detroit. Sheffield’s chefs stated the whole fan costume craze.
July 1st, 20102:30 pm
Ease, OU? Oglethorpe University?
July 1st, 20102:33 pm
thinbreakness, I should also point out that i just took a close look at my Sports Illustrated cover, which has the story about “the year of the pitcher” on it and I noticed that two of the three NL pitchers in the photograph will be facing the Braves in the next four games – Johnson and Halladay….And the other pitcher in the photo of course is Mr. No-hit Jimenez
July 1st, 20102:35 pm
I was flipping back and forth between ESPN (the YankeeRedsoxStevenStrasburg Network) and the MLB channel, so I’m not sure which this was – - I believe it was ESPN — talking heads were actually praising the Braves and giving them props. One actually said he thought Braves were now the team to beat in east, and Mets & Phillies needed to step it up if they intend to catch us.
July 1st, 20102:36 pm
EYE-BALL on MINOR:
2009 – Rookie ROME
04 G, 04 GS, 14.0 IP, 10 H, 01 R, 01 ER, 00 BB, 17 SO, 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP.
2010 – MISSISSIPPI
15 G, 15 GS, 87.0 IP, 74 H. 42 R, 39 ER, 34 BB, 109 SO, 4.03 ERA, 1.24 WHIP.
2.05 ERA (26.1 IP) against LH hitters, .200 AVG.
4.90 (60.2 IP) against RH hitters, .247 AVG.
1 – MM pitched the opener for MISSISSIPPI on April 8 against WEST TENNESSEE (Memphis). MM pitched 5.0 innings with 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO and a 7.20 ERA to begin the season. PEARLS lost 3-4. His record 0-1. No unearned runs behind him.
2 – MM next pitches against MEMPHIS, goes 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA. Offense gets him off the hook by scoring more than five runs. 1 field E, but does not lead to a run. Relief gets the win.
3 – MM pitches his third game against MOBILE. MIKE has an outstanding start going 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 9 SO, 5.06 ERA. He does not get the win however as relief allows a run and a blown save. The offense does not score while he’s pitching. The team does ultimately win however, 2-1. There a two errors, but the opponant’s run is earned.
4 – MM’s fourth start is a horror show by both the offense and the defense. MONTGOMERY plates 8 runs, BRAVES 0. One run is earned and that’s against BRAVES relief. MM goes 4.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 3.92 ERA. Offense – non-existant. Defense has three errors, BUT TWO are by MM. So, much of his discomfort is self-inflicted. However, the bats never plate a run in support. Record 0-2.
5 – MM’s fifth start is against JACKSONVILLE. BRAVES win 5-4, but plate the winning run after MINOR comes out. MIKE goes 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO, 2 HR, 4.56. The two gopher balls erase an otherwise solid start.
6 – Next start is against BIRMINGHAM is a loss on MINOR. He goes 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR, 7.20 ERA for the game,,and his record falls to 0-3. Offense scores three, but MIKE allows four. Mike has another throwing error, but all BARONS runs are earned.
7 – Next start May 11 against the LOOKOUTS. MM goes 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO, outstanding! Gets his first win. Record 1-3.
8 – May 16, MEMPHIS again, and MM has back-to-back great starts, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO. However, the offense cannot score a run while he on the record and he gets no decision.
9 – HUNTSVILLE is next and is also a no decision. MIKE allows 5 H in 5.0 IP with 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 7 SO. Offense can’t score two. Jeeze.
10 – MOBILE is another horror show with MM going 6.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR. This one’s on MIKE. His record, 1-4.
11 – MONTGOMERY he’s back on the wagon and pitches great but once again he’s no decisioned as the offense can’t score. MM’s line is beautiful, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO. Supurb!!!! But, no decision. The offense can’t score either.
12 – WEST TENNESSEE hangs another loss (1-5) around MIKE’s neck on June 8. MINOR is unhorrible, and surrenders 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO and 2 HR in 6.1 IP.
13 – Another nasty start (not the good nasty either) against CHATTANOOGA. This time he only can get through 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. At least he doesn’t serve up a fence-buster. He’s tagged with the loss and falls to 1-6. But this time the defense does hang the loss around his neck with two errors in the top of the second leading to five runs rather than three. The offense wipes three in the next couple of innings, but ultimately lose 4-5.
14 – A win!!!! MM goes 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. Gopher ball does not hurt as the offense and defense mesh behind him.
15 – A final no decision. MM goes 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, but offense can’t plate a timely three to give him the win. Reliefer LEE HYDE gets the W.
So what’s your verdict?
A – Was BOWMAN right? BAD offense, leaky defense ruin a great start to a superstar career?
B – Or too many yard jacks, walks at bad times, untimely hits, and pitcher’s errors lead to mucho losses.
C – Or a promising start, uneven as it may be, but full of promise with all those SO’s glittering in the sun.
D- Or lastly, trade fodder asnd nothing more.
I’m undecided. Could be any of them, but I’ll let you choose.
July 1st, 20102:38 pm
One [ESPN talking head] actually said he thought Braves were now the team to beat in east
Kiss of death. You can put a fork in ‘em. Sell at the deadline and start a five-year plan, this puppy is oh-vah.
July 1st, 20102:40 pm
Monty…I wasn’t so much throwing Mitchell under the bus for suggesting that JJ wasn’t ready to return. But he was screaming it from the highest mountains! You know how he likes to copy and repost comments when he gets no response. Yet, last night when JJ was pitching, and pitching well might I add, he was nowhere to be found on the blog. When he has nothing to criticize, he isn’t around. It’s kind of sad for someone who considers themself a Braves fan.
July 1st, 20102:42 pm
scoots – yeah, nolie is just a bunch of hot air, ain’t he? LOL
Crazy – Yes , tried the ole Oklahoma University trick…
Transylvania Co. Fan Mac may be a guy like Hudson that would rather be happy than max out their wages.
Totally. After all, he took that team-freindly contract in Spring Training, 2007…after a year like ‘06, he could have tried to hold out for more dough, but he didn’t.
I bet if you asked Gary Sheffield he would say he should have stayed in Atlanta for a few million less.
July 1st, 20102:44 pm
I kinda wish there was a game tonight…am curious how BMac’s hand is. In his post-game interview, he said it OK, but I still wonder.
July 1st, 20102:47 pm
Ease…worked for me…Im not a local…so I just assumed as much.
July 1st, 20102:48 pm
long time reader of the blog rarely ever post. I must say over the past two days you guys have pulled out all the stops made my work day even more interesting keep it up! GO BRAVES!!!
July 1st, 20102:49 pm
McFann – lay silent that wonder…you know how the speculating about JJ’s shoulder went…don’t want to see you go down that path…
Thank You for the great research. I’m going with “A” and “C”. To be picked at #7 with a very quick rise through the system – I’d bet the Braves Brass has a tremendous amount of faith.
July 1st, 20102:50 pm
Rubber arm, perfect for pitching at a Big 12 school.
July 1st, 20102:51 pm
Yes, it will be tough row to hoe – these next 6 games.
fargoNDbrave – Well, ummm, don’t always believe what you read? Ahh, Norman’s great…Just saw Moe across the lawn
“Hey Moe, how’s the move going?”
Haha, thanks. I may or may not remember exactly what you’re referring to…
I can’t help it, though. He’s getting his swing back, and I don’t want something to louse it up again!
July 1st, 20102:54 pm
For the record…If someone wants to pay me 750 million to be silent, I will…
July 1st, 20102:56 pm
I’d do it for half that.
July 1st, 20102:57 pm
McFann – If you don’t remember, then that is clearly a good thing…innocence intact!
July 1st, 20102:58 pm
July 1st, 20103:01 pm
Looks like you aren’t the only one that doesn’t like Joe Johnson’s new deal…
July 1st, 20103:04 pm
Braveheart, Hinson, etc…Not to stir the pot but to be complete, I just transcribed a quote from Chipper about what he said to Escobar in the dugout on Monday night after Escobar was upset by a second error charged against him, which was eventually changed to a hit.
Here’s what Chipper said: “He was very upset that the second ball was ruled an error and to be honest with you, I’m with him. I don’t think it should have been an error. That’s an awfully tough play. He was very upset. He was screaming out in the field. Then when I saw the scoring change, I just said, ‘Look, they changed it, get your head back in the game’ and he ended up getting a big hit for us later on in the game. It’s all about taking advantage of every opportunity you have to affect a game. Don’t let what happens in the field affect what you do at the plate and vice versa. It was just one of those things where I was trying to lift him up and get him to see hey, they changed the ruling on the second error, so let’s get our head back in the game and do what we’ve got to do to win this game.”
When I asked if he thought Escobar got what he was trying to convey, Jones said: “Yeah he did, he felt a lot better after that. He was a different person from a mental standpoint after he realized they had changed the ruling.”
I did try to ask Escobar about it and he didn’t want to comment on it. I’m not sure if he sees this as another example of me/media just wanting to talk about the “negative” or if he wanted to just let it die – there wasn’t any big exchange, he wasn’t rude, he just made it clear to me he didn’t want to talk about it, which is fine. I was just curious exactly what the exchange in the dugout was about.
July 1st, 20103:06 pm
Yup, looks like Brian is getting his power-stroke in a groove!
And JJ’s back, and I mean BACK! KK’s in the pen, with Medlin firmly in the rotation! Melky’s come on, Chipper’s come on, the pen looks great!
July 1st, 20103:12 pm
Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans Yup, looks like Brian is getting his power-stroke in a groove!
Sure does! And two whole games with no K’s…nothing but contact! I like them apples, even if he did go 0-4 on Tuesday.
July 1st, 20103:13 pm
Thinbreakness: Yes, very cool usage of the Eels’ “Fresh Blood” in Rescue Me. Perfect.
July 1st, 20103:17 pm
Here’s what Thinbreakness was talking about. This great Eels song was used in the final scene of the Rescue Me season premiere. (this is the video, not the scene from the show) http://youtu.be/dOapjBTqLLs
July 1st, 20103:18 pm
I find it hilarious the AD at UGA got a DUI!! Athletic Director at Georgia Drinking…..No!!!!!!
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