Independent league slugger gets a chance with Braves

Beau Torbert had just finished his third season with an independent league team called the Pheasants. The Sioux Falls Pheasants.

Here’s a 27-year-old Alabama boy doggedly chasing a dream, playing indy-league baseball in South Dakota. Just hoping for another shot on a bigger stage, hoping to get noticed. He flirted with a .400 batting average all season before finishing at .394.

Yes, .394. With 38 doubles, 24 homers, 100 RBIs. In 95 games. In any league, impressive.

Then he was back home in Phenix City, Ala. Nearly three weeks ago, the phone rang. It was the Atlanta Braves. Yes, sir, this is Beau. Yes, very interested.

“That’s the team you grow up liking your whole life — my parents and grandparents were just fanatics,” Torbert said. “Couldn’t really ask for more, than to sign with the team you grew up loving.”

The outfielder signed a minor-league contract with the Braves, and will go to spring training trying to earn a spot on their Double-A or Triple-A roster, a step or two away from the majors. Again.

A 17th-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2004, Torbert spent four seasons in that organization and played 32 games in Triple-A before being released in 2007.

Beau knows opportunity, and knows this could be his last.

“I don’t want it to be my last shot, but I’m kind of realistic,” said Torbert, adding that he’s considerably stronger and better prepared than in his Astros days. He’s also three years older, however.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I just want to make the most of it,” he said. “I’m at the facility right now, running, hitting and throwing.”

He was calling from the Chattahoochee Valley Baseball Academy in Phenix City, where Gary Head Jr. and Kash Beauchamp are on staff. Head is a friend of Braves pitcher and Phenix City native Tim Hudson. Beauchamp is a son of the late Jim Beauchamp, Bobby Cox’s Braves bench coach from 1991 to 2001.

Hudson and Beauchamp put in a good word for him, but the Braves didn’t have to be persuaded to take a look at Torbert, after he produced such overwhelming stats in 2010. He had career-highs in average, homers, RBIs, on-base percentage (.435) and slugging percentage (.684).

He won his second American Association MVP award in three years and was Baseball America’s Independent League player of the year.

“He’s put up good numbers in the independent leagues,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “The numbers have improved each of the past three years. When you look at those kind of players that continue to improve and put up numbers, I think it’s worth taking a look.”

Torbert morphed into a slugger at 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds, 25 pounds heavier than in his leadoff-hitting days in the Astros organization.

A right-handed batter, he hit  .301 with eight home runs and an .857 OPS in Class A in 2005, and .305 with 31 doubles and 24 steals in 119 games in high-A in 2006.

But after his production slipped during the next two seasons mostly in Double-A, he was released. He was also released by the Detroit Tigers in 2009 spring training, after his first MVP season with Sioux Falls.

He’s racked up 55 homers and 231 RBIs in 240 games during three seasons with Sioux Falls, after totaling 14 homers and 144 RBIs in four seasons in the Astros organization.

“I always had power, but didn’t realize how to use it till I got to indy ball,” said Torbert, who moves well despite his size. “Wanted to be that kind of player who could still run, not just have power.”

156 comments Add your comment

shmoe

November 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

good for him. another shot in the dark for the braves that might turn out to be good

Logan

November 9th, 2010
6:14 pm

Frank ya got better things ta do.

ITP Braves Fan

November 9th, 2010
6:15 pm

He certainly looks like a flyer, but I wonder how many of the Braves’ 2010 roster in LF and CF could put up those numbers in Indy Ball. I suspect none, which says something about Torbert’s potential and an enormous amount about the lack of talent at LF and CF.

richbrave

November 9th, 2010
6:16 pm

Independent league slugger gets a chance with Braves

Am I reading too much into this, or is WREN and the org. doing everything possible to re-stock the farm with OF’ers. Seems that way to me. But hey I am a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy…………..sometimes!

Gordo

November 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

DOB…Not to be picky, but they are the Fighting Pheasants!!

David O'Brien

November 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

ITP Braves Fan: Indy League ball is probably closest to Double-A level, but with less consistent pitching. It’s impressive to put up those gaudy numbers regardless of his age or the league. But I don’t know if that will translate to anything special once he gets back in Double-A or Triple-A affiliated ball, and then whether he’s a classic “Quad-A” hitter who can crush minor league pitching but not much more. It’s worth a shot, though.

Milt Famey

November 9th, 2010
6:21 pm

Good luck Beau. Give it 110%.

Milt Famey

November 9th, 2010
6:26 pm

DOB, If you were FW, which OF would you go after? Podsednik, Burrell, Upton, ….?

ISH

November 9th, 2010
6:31 pm

That’s great for the kid… wish him all the luck.

Gumbylovespokey

November 9th, 2010
6:42 pm

I hear the pheasant hunting is very good in South Dakota, you go Frank.

ace

November 9th, 2010
7:06 pm

JD

November 9th, 2010
7:07 pm

Make the most of it son, train hard this winter. Trust me, if you have a whiff of power in the minors, you’ll be playing at The Ted before the summer is over. Not that we need a hot outfield stick or anything…..

Supes

November 9th, 2010
7:30 pm

great story, I wish him success…but I hope that’s not Wren’s plan for fixing our OF situation!!!

Waiting for Wren's Mythical Bat

November 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

Next Week: One-Legged 5th String Quarterback from Waponi Tribe Disabled League Gets Braves Spring Training Invite.

Seeking options for a clean up hitter, Frank Wren has invited Shoo-Shoo Poopincaca, who once hit a coconut 83 feet with a canoe paddle…

Bravesfan79

November 9th, 2010
7:47 pm

Gluck Beau.. hope to hear your name on the summer call ups for the Braves.
With Gonzalez as our new coach, we will handle the Marlins easier, and be a playoff team again in 2011.

Novice Ned

November 9th, 2010
7:47 pm

Let’s hope for the best (after he fills out the specimen bottle).

Jonas Grumby

November 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

Age is less important than it used to be because of free agency. If a guy can help a team for 2-4 years, that’s all that matters.

wins-by-a-link

November 9th, 2010
8:16 pm

Can’t do much worse than present lineup, Maybe a diamond in the rough.

Waiting for Wren's Mythical Bat

November 9th, 2010
8:28 pm

“Can’t do much worse than present lineup.”

You underestimate the Wrenster.

hahahaha

November 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

shoo shoo poopincaca! wonder if ol’ Beau got ahold of some hgh or barry bonds’ ‘clear and cream’?

he put on quite a bit of weight and strength in a short period of time

sheeesh

November 9th, 2010
8:51 pm

Reading this reminds of a similar story last off-season where the Braves acquired the AAA 2009 home run king. I forget his name. Yeah, exactly!!

Tom Plock

November 9th, 2010
8:52 pm

Beau is already an all star in being a role model My son takes instruction from Beau and he is a fine upstading young man and would be a great asset to the Braves

HCR#7

November 9th, 2010
8:53 pm

Good for him, hopefully he earns his shot to play at Double A- Miss- or Triple- A Gwinette. Good luck Beau!!

The Grinch

November 9th, 2010
8:56 pm

Hey, you never know. Good luck, Beau.

LAG

November 9th, 2010
9:00 pm

This could end up being a Kurt Warner-type story when all is said and done.

steve

November 9th, 2010
9:07 pm

Another has been, never was, wannabe, if this is the caliber of talent Wren is going to pursue then its 72-90 next year.

bugger boy

November 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

let’s get cam newton… dude can do anything. and, the price is right… just $180,000

AdirondackDave

November 9th, 2010
9:13 pm

Tom P. — Thanks for mentioning that. Good for Beau and good for the Braves for being open-minded. You never know…

Smitty

November 9th, 2010
9:13 pm

Enter your comments here

Justafan

November 9th, 2010
9:24 pm

Give’em hell Beau and thanks DOB.

double g

November 9th, 2010
9:27 pm

Hope this guy hasn’t been on the ‘juice’.

Gains 25 pounds, goes from leadoff hitter to slugger.

Just a little skeptical, IYAM.

The Beer that made Milt Famey walk us!

November 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

Signing this guy is a low risk no brainer. Hope it works out.

Necromancer

November 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

wow..the Walmart Braves have suddenly become the Dollar General Braves..

new depths of low-ness..

J-Man

November 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

Lets resign Kenny Powers!!!!!!!!!!!

Brava

November 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

Wow! I’m blown away by at all the negative and hateful comments here! Your lives must be miserable.

This is a great story and I hope it has a great ending with Beau someday playing at Turner Field and making us all proud.

David O'Brien

November 9th, 2010
10:34 pm

Necromancer: Do you understand the difference between major- and minor-league contracts? And the difference between non-roster players invited to major league camp and those who simply are going to minor-league camp with all the rest of the minor leaguers? Torbert falls into the latter category. He isn’t even going to major league camp, but he’s a good offseason story, a practically local guy who’s kept plugging away and become Baseball America’s player of the year in the independent leagues.

So the Braves signed him to a minor league deal. Absolutely no risk. Not even an invite to big-league camp.

Yet you somehow view this as a negative story, a negative development for the Braves? Seriously, how does one develop such a perspective? On second thought, I probably don’t want to know.

If I hadn’t written about this guy, you’d never know he existed or signed a contract, unless he actually makes the team at some point, in which case he would have done a helluva job in the minors and become a feel-good story. Until then, there’s got to be more relevant things to complain about.

VinceVanGo

November 9th, 2010
10:39 pm

Maybe this guy will be the reincarnation of “The Natural.” Who cares where they found him. Give him a chance. I still think the young hungry players are better to have on your roster than the overpaid “used to be good vets.” Though it would nice to have a stud in the outfield let’s not mortgage the “farm” to get another overpaid “hope he can help” player.

Tajacket

November 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

Dave, a valiant and appreciated effort, but you should know by now that members of the “fellowship of the miserable” (to use a Bill Curry phrase) won’t be dissuaded from their agenda of negativity by mere logic or context…Necromancer has probably been waiting days to use that “Dollar General” line.

Doug in Tally

November 9th, 2010
10:47 pm

Hey D.O.B. any Braves news this time of year is good reading.

Mutts

November 9th, 2010
10:50 pm

Beau, best of luck. No matter what, you are closer to living the dream of playing in the majors than most of us ever got. Hope you make it.

Scorby Jones

November 9th, 2010
10:51 pm

Good call, DOB. It’s always nice to see us scooping up talent… best case scenario for the Braves, is that we get a solid outfield next year. If not, it’s a damn good thing we’re looking at a bunch of options to stock up the minors!!

rainman34

November 9th, 2010
11:15 pm

These people must have never played a sport in there life to not be happy for a guy to get a chance of a lifetime. Wren cant make a big move until after the arb deadline on nov 23. Thats when all the action will start. These moves with this cat and Mather just build depth in our very weak minor league outfield. People want something to talk about then Mr DOB gives us something and all people do is bitch about it. For us real Braves fans thanks so much for all the hard work and info you provide us with. Thats no bs man thanks for real.

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

November 9th, 2010
11:18 pm

Well done DOB! You kept your word. Great blog. Lets hope he continues those numbers next season in the minors and makes it to the Ted. This is a great no risk signing.

I continue to be amazed at the clowns that gripe about the Torbert and mather signings. People these are no-risk high-reward signing which add depth to the organization at no price.

***Newsflash*** Just so you no-life negativity clowns know, here it is: MLB teams will probably not be making any serious moves for another month or so. The hot-stove fire has just been lit, it will not be seriously generating heat for while.

Sheesh: his name was Mitch Jones…and how much did he cost us…. oh yeah cash considerations (in MLB = basically nothing). Torbert and Mather both came even cheaper than that.

Mather has played in the bigs and the Cardinal fans are upset that management did not lock him in – so he is obviously not a negative. Torbert has a .394 avg. to go with his league leading bombs so I like this under-the-radar dirt cheap signing…

Steve

November 9th, 2010
11:56 pm

I love this signing. We have very little quality OF’s in the upper tiers of our system. Schafer is clear cut above anyone else outside of Mitch ‘Crash Davis’ Jones.

I would actually prefer to see this guy playing on our team in LF opening day than Mather. Mather is a .255 career minor league hitter who has NEVER played anywhere near the hype. He makes Jeff Francouer looks like Hammerin’ Hank. What good does it do a team to have a guy who can be a backup at 5 positions when he is absolutely average on defense and horrible offensively.

Seriously, Beau Torbert probably becomes the closest to being MLB ready OF in our organization given Schafer’s struggles … and we gave up nothing to get him.

Oh, and Necromancer, stop being a hater. DOB tore you up and quite frankly he was too nice. If you knew anything abotu baseball at all you know this move cannot possibly hurt the OF poor Atlanta Braves.

Melky Cabrera

November 10th, 2010
12:33 am

when does spring training start? i’m ready to help out

atlfan

November 10th, 2010
1:18 am

braves are so cheap and desperate not to spend money on an actual slugger sighs here goes another season of false hopes they seriously need to get it together its getting tiring

Necromancer

November 10th, 2010
3:00 am

Oh, and Necromancer, stop being a hater. DOB tore you up and quite frankly he was too nice. If you knew anything abotu baseball at all you know this move cannot possibly hurt the OF poor Atlanta Braves. Steve

Ah, Steve…funny how, when I post something close to the truth, I get “tore up” by the homers.

I’ve been a Braves fan since the 80’s and know a little more about baseball than you’re scared to admit. It’s funny how on THIS blog, you can’t express your opinion without sarcastic remarks from folks who THINK they’re the authors of the Elias Sports Bureau handbook of stats.

Nice try, Steve, but EPIC FAIL!

Necromancer

November 10th, 2010
3:04 am

And DOB, yet I understand them taking chances on folks…but it seems like this has become a pattern of late.

I would more than LOVE to see the Bravos succeed, but, IMHO, a big name in the line up might be a motivator here.

Just an opinion, mind you…

b in boise

November 10th, 2010
3:09 am

Everyone is so mad…..

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

November 10th, 2010
3:40 am

Necromancer,
You have admit, this is a NO-risk acquisition with potentially great upside potential. This may not be an “exciting” or “glittery” signing but it sure is a smart signing. It is like receiving free stock in a mining company that has just found an enormous vein of gold ore – that ore may contain gold or it may not, but you, holding freely acquired stock, can only gain from the acquisition and not lose.

What DOB and other posters are criticizing you on is not your general baseball knowledge or intelligence, but your negativity of this signing. There is simply nothing that could be negative about the situation…at all.

Further, with your experience you would have to know that the real acquisitions and trades do not start happening until at least late November. So you should not be expecting anything major right now anyway.

Last point, one big bat in the HOF could make us a real WS contender. However, the major FAs are out of our budget constraints (thanks to the corporate owners), and a major trade would cost us the farm. Since you must know that we have one of the best farms in the majors I would not mind holding for one more year. In 2011 you are likely to see the best and deepest rotation in the Majors in Atlanta…. IF it is not traded away: Teheran, Hudson, Hanson, Minor, Jurrjens, Delgado, Lowe, Beachy, and Medlen. With the first five Lowe would not even make the starting rotation…

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

November 10th, 2010
3:42 am

“You have admit, this is a NO-risk acquisition with potentially great upside potential.”

Apparently I am a part time employee in the Department of Redundancy Department.

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

November 10th, 2010
3:46 am

“In 2011 you are likely to see the best and deepest rotation in the Majors in Atlanta…. IF it is not traded away: Teheran, Hudson, Hanson, Minor, Jurrjens, Delgado, Lowe, Beachy, and Medlen. With the first five Lowe would not even make the starting rotation…”

I really meant 2012, but you might see Teheran and Delgado break out at the Ted next season…

ward

November 10th, 2010
5:01 am

i say give him a chance 27 years old,and has nothing to lose. he want’s to make it. the numbers look good, and if he make triple A, and does well,we have an out fielder at no cost. we need power, and i hope he makes it. power is good don’t you think!beau could be our solution to left field in the future.

ward

November 10th, 2010
5:05 am

we need out fileders , and we need to build our minor league sgtrong, and 27 years old i s young to me. beau will be great. Go!!! Braves!!! not a bad signing at all. good job wren i will give you credit.

ward

November 10th, 2010
5:18 am

guy’s give the kid beau a chance we need out fielders, and i believe what dob is saying, is good for me. Go!!! Braves!!!!!

TommyP

November 10th, 2010
6:22 am

Damn….great story. I’ve often read that independent league baseball is roughly in between high A ball and AA.

My cousin played independent ball and loved his experience. These guys truly love the game. They stay with host families, travel a ton by bus….nothing elaborate about the league. But most really enjoy the experience. (unless they stay there for too many years)

Northbeach Scott

November 10th, 2010
6:52 am

Great story. Sounds like a well deserving, good kid. I like that Wren and his team are considering all sources of talent to build this team. After all, baseball is a long season and it takes more than a 25 man roster to win.

Mike in Canton

November 10th, 2010
6:53 am

25 pounds in 3 years and he’s on steriods? God, save us all from these idiots.

RBrave

November 10th, 2010
7:06 am

Good job Braves, lots of “late bloomers” out there that never get a chance. Nobody said he was the starting centerfielder. They would give him a shot at AA. Good luck Beau, give it your best shot !

dap01

November 10th, 2010
7:28 am

I am pulling for Beau!

sportzfan

November 10th, 2010
7:41 am

Could be MLB steal of century. Someone had a post earlier that stated his numbers were equal to playing in the Braves AA & AAA leagues. My question is…..how many players have the Braves EVER had in AA or AAA with those kind of numbers? We have a player moving up from the minors to play 1st base with stats not close to Beau’s. Let the dream continue. Go Braves !

Homey Spuconiz

November 10th, 2010
7:51 am

The point DOB is that we are Braves fans that know if the Braves had a legitimate CF and LF this coming year that they might win it all. And then we read about a career minor leaguer getting another shot. That’s like a kid wanting a 4-wheeler for Christmas and you tell him you got him a Hot Wheels 4-Wheeler toy. Great opportunity for Torbert but it means nothing to us Braves fans at all.

Cecil34

November 10th, 2010
8:12 am

What harm can it do to give the fella a look-see….

On another note:

Headline I would like to read about in DOB’s blog…

Liberty gives Wren green light to sign Werth.

Man, can you imagine?

bravesfan

November 10th, 2010
8:48 am

This is a funny read today

Donovan

November 10th, 2010
9:07 am

My God! He sounds like the Second Coming or a diamond in the rough. Let’s get this boy to Spring training and see what he’s got. We all saw what Jason Heyward could do as a rookie. I believe this is the way forward for the Braves future. Forget about the retreads and the rehabs.

coach joe

November 10th, 2010
9:26 am

How could you not pull for this guy… Wish him well..

toby

November 10th, 2010
9:58 am

could he do any worse than Melky,Diaz or Mcclouth????? i doubt it!!

Homey Spuconizi

November 10th, 2010
10:04 am

The elderly trash man off a garbage truck could hit better than Ankiel,Milky,& McLouth…

Willy

November 10th, 2010
10:07 am

DO’B: Thank you for taking to task some of the more unintelligent posters. What I appreciate is that you take the time to explain the hows and whys behind the scenes. As a fan of the Braves who’s watched them at their worst and best, I like this kind of behind-the-scenes information. It helps me understand the game and all of its interconnected facets: the athleticism of the game; the challenges and decisions made by the managers; and the choices that upper level management has to make. In this case with a team without the resources of the Yankees. There are fans and there are complainers. Keep fighting the good fight.

Homey Spuconizi's

November 10th, 2010
10:08 am

Did they trade some bats & balls for Torbert like they did for Lightmeupberg ???

Homeys Spuconizi's

November 10th, 2010
10:09 am

I heard that trash man played high school baseball. Sign em up Braves !

DC Brave

November 10th, 2010
10:10 am

This dude sounds HUNGRY…absolutely give him a shot.

DC Brave

November 10th, 2010
10:13 am

You know, it is almost too funny….I have this picture in my mind of Frank Wren looking under rocks to find something.

David O'Brien

November 10th, 2010
10:25 am

Great opportunity for Torbert but it means nothing to us Braves fans at all. — Homey Spuconiz

Maybe not for you and those like you who expect a team to be constructed by the second week of November. But for a lot of fans who understand how baseball’s offseason generally works, those who’ve noticed that so far in baseball there’s been not a single big trade or signing of a free agent going to a new team, these human-interest type stories about a minor leaguer chasing a dream might have some interest.

[...] now the Braves have signed the 27-year-old Torbert to a minor-league contract with plans to send him to Double-A or Triple-A in [...]

Blobie

November 10th, 2010
10:52 am

I remember the Braves signing a pitcher from one of the Independent Leagues in the late 1990″s. Kerry Lightenberg came to Atlanta from the Minneapolis Loons for 6 dozen bats and 2 dozen baseballs. I believe former Braves catcher Greg Olson recommended Kerry and it turned out great for everyone for a few years. Lightenberg was Atlanta’s closer for much of 2 seasons. He had 30 saves one year and a good ERA for most of 3 years. At the time many fans were calling the Braves the “Loons” for the decision. But in hindsight, it became one of their steals. The price is certainly worth a look-see with Torbert, a former 17th round pick in 2004, not that long ago.

Dallas

November 10th, 2010
10:56 am

“Beau knows opportunity”

I giggled when I read that. You clever, clever man lol

PDOG

November 10th, 2010
10:56 am

DOB I find these stories very interesting and as you said it really costs the Braves nothing. I put this in the same catagory as the Mitch Jones signing last year. The only possible negative is that this holds back a younger guy from playing AA or AAA next year.
As for the Braves LF situation next year please no Burrell I would much rather try to give it a go with Andrew and hope that either the Braves catch a little lightning in a bottle or stay close enough to make a deal at the trading dead line next year after some teams have fallen out of the race.

Maconboy

November 10th, 2010
10:58 am

Be cool DOB. Some of these jerks are Ex Fillie fans…….

TommyP

November 10th, 2010
11:24 am

All teams make signings like this every single year. Why people are bashing Wren for this is comical.

Truthfully, I find stories like this that DOB writes about more entertaining than stories on Braves veterans because we already know so much about our own players.

Nothing is going on in MLB except in boardrooms and we aren’t privy to that info. This is the perfect time for this type of story.

Bravo, DOB. Keep ‘em coming.

Homeys Spuconizi's

November 10th, 2010
11:29 am

This is a Carroll Rogers type story. I expect better from DOB. Again, no news is always good news. Wait until something worth writing about happens…
My cousin Shimmy Shoeless Jackson, he’d be a great story…

Heisenberg

November 10th, 2010
11:32 am

Necormancer has a supernatural ability to bring long-dead forum discussion threads back to life. After having been flogged to death the thread may have been deceased for many years, and bringing it back may have scant relevance to the current topic, yet Necromancer will unexpectedly exhume the thread’s rotting corpse, and strike horror in the forum as its grotesque form lurches into the discussion. The monster, instantly recognized by all who knew it in life, seems at first to breathe and have a pulse, but, alas, it is beyond Necromancer’s skill to fully restore the thread’s original vitality. The hideous apparition may frighten away some of the weaker Warriors or Warriors badly wounded in former battles, but the thread is only a shadow of its former self and very quickly expires.

takashi saito's dad

November 10th, 2010
11:35 am

What a great story! Me and Takashi wish him well! Have you noticed that with the advent of talk radio, 24 hour news channels, message boards and blogs, it has been the greatest thing for pure out unadulterated backwards ignorance in the history of mankind. It is scary that some of you guy’s are out there on the highway’s.

Akbarhilizorli Dominitrivottidad

November 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Sign me up. I was MVP of the Afghanistan league. We used limbs for bats and rocks for balls. I led league in homers. I hit 32 over the Big Rock Pile. Our season ended abruptly when a Scud missile was mis shot into our baseball field. The LF and RF were killed. But luckily, I play CF.

Heisenberg

November 10th, 2010
11:39 am

As for this signing and the claiming of Mather from the waiver wire, it appears as if Braves are trying to find their very own Jason Werth/Nelson Cruz story. Guys who bounced around and/or had injury problems early in their careers only to blossom later. We cannot afford Werth/Cruz now but we can acquire enough of these types and hope one of them becomes the hidden gem. Low risk – high reward. Go ahead and bring in a few more. It is not as though our farm system is bursting with position players on the brink of stardom.

Homey Spuconi

November 10th, 2010
11:45 am

I agree with Heisenberg. Sign that Dominitrivottidad today Wren !

Homey Spuconi

November 10th, 2010
11:48 am

DC Brave, Wren prolly goes on vacation in the Jamaica and asks the hut people have “you ever hit a baseball, son” ?

rainman34

November 10th, 2010
11:52 am

Ok, seriously I was just bs-ing…

Auburn

November 10th, 2010
11:53 am

What is funny is how some of you knuckleheads think that the system of paying big bucks for a prospect out of high school, promoting him quickly to the majors to see him fail and then ask..where is the next prospect, having wasted a million dollars. Then you, the dummie fan, pay high ticket prices and high dollar hotdogs, to make up that million dollars mistake. Brilliant ain’t ya?

I love the…give him a bonus first and hope he works out system we have in the pros and then wonder why the star won’t even show up for practice.

Then explain how in international ball the US always loses to Puerto Rico or Japan if we got the best.

Hoss if you eat right and train properly you don’t need steroids.

I also love the sterotyping. You know, tall people can’t be sprinters, when the fastest man in the world in now 6 ft 6 inches tall. Or the big guy is clumbsy…huh ask Barkley and S O’Neil about that. Or weight lifting will make you muscle bound, remember that?

Problem you have now is this self fulfilling prophecy that if he is a high rounder he must be good ’cause we paid big bucks.

Same way in college football and look how inaccurate that system is. Ohio State or Bama will win it all.

Forget the system and interject a new way of thinking and maybe the Braves will finally cross that line of almost there to a winner of it all. Been a long time since a championship.

FEAR

November 10th, 2010
12:00 pm

yeah. we had the same heart warming story about the minor league home run leader. Mitch jones, I think? He never made the team and we traded him to the pirates for some cash. big deal.

bucky oneil

November 10th, 2010
12:24 pm

Great story DOB. Don’t pay any attention to the negatrive nellies who are already seething at the fact that the Braves won’t be in the running for Werth or Crawford.
I hope the kid does well and because of this story I’ll be following his progress in the coming year.
Go Beau, Go Braves!

The Sham

November 10th, 2010
12:44 pm

@ DOB: WHILE I ENJOY YOUR BANTER BACK AND FORTH WITH THE CAVE (CITIZENS AGAINST VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING) PEOPLE, I WOULDN’T WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO MAKE LOGIC OF THEIR ILLOGICAL COMMENTS. THEY JUST WANT TO SEE THEIR NAME MENTIONED OR BE RECOGNIZED BY YOU AS EXISTING. EVIDENLTY NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD HAS AND THAT MUST BE THEIR CLAIM TO FAME… SAD AND PATHETIC!

SO PLEASE DON’T THINK THEY SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY OF YOUR READERS. JUST BC WE DON’T ALWAYS POST POSITIVE THINGS, DON’T THINK WE DON’T APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR EFFORTS TO BRING US THE BRAVES NUGGETS WE COVET!

NUFF SAID…

TO THE MATTER AT HAND: I’M GLAD TO HEAR OF STORIES LIKE THIS GUY! TOO MANY TIMES SCOUTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE SO NARROWLY FOCUSED ON THE NEXT 16 YEAR OLD (LATER TO BE FOUND OUT THAT HE’S 23Y/O) LATIN PROSPECT, THAT THEY MISS OUT ON THESE GRINDERS WHO DESERVE A CHANCE TOO! KUDOS TO THE BRAVES FOR THE CHANCE… NO PROMISE, JUST A CHANCE. WHAT ELSE COULD THE GUY ASK FOR?

BillS

November 10th, 2010
12:44 pm

Homey gives me the creeps with his “witty” observations. Nice story, DOB. Nobody (except Homey) takes this as the biggest story of the day, but a solid off-season item that obviously interests a lot of readers. Homey might feel more comfy over at the Phillies’ blog.

Mike Jay

November 10th, 2010
12:59 pm

We signed Peter Mylon under similar circumstances and that worked out just fine. Wish him the best of luck.

Felix Millan

November 10th, 2010
1:22 pm

thanks DOB. It’s a baseball story. Who cares if some on here understand it or not, it’s a baseball story. Some negative nellies will try to blame Bobby for this signing.

I still believe

November 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

I like this signing and I hope he does well. Ryan Howard wasn’t brought up until he was 25 (I believe) and look at how well he’s done.

ReddJonn68

November 10th, 2010
2:16 pm

Good info DOB as always you have the haters on this blog who hate any kind signing no matter what it is. Some of these same bloggers that were complaining about Melky & Glaus, should realize what Wren is trying to get out of this signing, if it pans out. Help in the OF is badly needed I hope he can play OF, but if he can hit with power & run what a steal, because as we all know we use some speed. Maybe this will be another young guy to build along with J-Hey & Freddie ! If all three of those guys are solid staters on the field everyday down the line, we may have the 92′ season all over again, if we dash in a few good arms to pitch to boot.

Matt the Brave

November 10th, 2010
2:16 pm

Wow, Dave, pull the ole claws back in. Obviously Necromancer is an idiot that doesn’t know anything about baseball, newspapers, or writing for one.

This guy sounds like he could be a good 4th or 5th outfielder for us. I’d like it if he could make the big club and be a good masher off of the bench.

Bayou Brave

November 10th, 2010
2:28 pm

Nice story. Hope he makes it to the Bigs one day.

choozer

November 10th, 2010
2:51 pm

Nice story … field of dreams

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