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Braves | Manager likes the speed Eric Young brings

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:15:09 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. received praise from manager Fredi Gonzalez Thursday, Feb. 26. Gonzalez noted Young brings a speed dynamic the team has lacked in recent years.

Fantasy Tip: Young stole 30 bases with just 316 plate appearances last season, and he had 46 swipes in 2013, when he played in 148 games. He shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a one-trick pony, but in the later rounds of mixed drafts, Young is a viable speed target.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Craig Kimbrel unveils changeup

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:43:38 -0800

Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel threw a couple changeups as he faced hitters Thursday, Feb. 26. Manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested that Kimbrel might just be tinkering with the pitch, and he's unsure how much Kimbrel might use the offering when games start. Kimbrel has posted a 1.43 ERA with 476 strikeouts in 289 innings in four-plus years.

Fantasy Tip: The thought of arguably the most dominant and nasty closer in baseball adding a new pitch to keep hitters confused and off-balance is scary. But with the pitch being new, it's unclear how much he'll even feature it or how successful it'll be. As an established K artist, there's justification in reaching for Kimbrel in the earlier rounds of drafts to boost you over the competition in the K category.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Andrelton Simmons limited early

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:08:12 -0800

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (oblique) will not throw in the early days of camp due to a sore oblique. The team hopes he'll be ready in a week.

Fantasy Tip: The injury isn't serious, but Simmons took a step backwards in his second full season last year. He has hit .248 and .244 in his two seasons, and he hit just seven homers after his promising 17-homer campaign in 2013. At this stage, he's a low-end SS and a player with upside for your MI spot.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Mark Bowman

Braves | Nick Markakis won't rush back

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:23:01 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) won't play in spring games next week and is unsure if he'll be ready for opening day after having fusion surgery for a herniated disc in his neck Dec. 17. He was cleared to increase his physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24, however. "Opening day is a goal," Markakis said. "Neck surgery is pretty serious so you don't want to rush it. I will have six weeks to do my thing and try to get ready for opening day." Manager Fredi Gonzalez is optimistic that Markakis will be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis has been a pretty durable player in his career, but neck fusion surgery is pretty serious. After two straight years of a drop in offensive production, Markakis suddenly is a pretty boring fantasy outfield bat, especially with the move to the National League and a pitcher's park.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Nick Markakis expected to be ready

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:53:41 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) could be playing in spring games a week into the schedule, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is expecting Markakis to be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: At age 31, we basically know what we'll get from Markakis these days. Double-digit home runs with a respectable batting average and a handful of stolen bases. Complicating things this year is the fact that he's injured and has moved the National League in a pitcher-friendly park. That doesn't make him very intriguing at all. Markakis does nothing more than fill out your outfield depth at the tail end of drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Nick Markakis may miss opener

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:14 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) may not be ready for the season opener. He was cleared to increase physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24. Markakis said he's not going to rush back.

Fantasy Tip: He still has six weeks and should have plenty of time to get in game shape. Markakis shifting to a pitchers' park on a weaker offense makes him a low-upside OF4 or OF5.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

Braves | Wandy Rodriguez impressing

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:35:15 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Wandy Rodriguez has impressed so far in his spring workouts, and he is a leading candidate for the No. 5 starting rotation spot. Rodriguez is competing with SPs Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos for the spot. The Braves could consider putting Foltynewicz or Banuelos in the bullpen if they don't win the job. Rodriguez has made only 18 starts the last two years due to injuries, and he was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Rodriguez is healthy and throwing the ball with little effort.

Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez would only be an option as a late-round pick in deep mixed leagues if he wins that final rotation spot. There's a lot of spring competition left, so we likely won't know for a while. Stay tuned.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Eric Young looking to win a job

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:06:16 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr., who hit a career-worst .229 with one home run and 30 stolen bases in 100 games for the New York Mets in 2014, has the chance to compete with OFs Zoilo Almonte and Eury Perez for a spot as a backup outfielder or platoon job in left field. He could also play some second base in a pinch. Not working in Young's favor is that Almonte is out of minor league options.

Fantasy Tip: Young is mainly valuable for his speed, but without a spot that gives him consistent at-bats, he's not much use to fantasy owners. Keep an eye on how the outfield battles go this spring. If he wins a spot as a platoon partner in left field, he could be a deep sleeper in deep mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | B.J. Upton changes name

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:39:11 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton is now going by Melvin Upton Jr., which is his given name.

Fantasy Tip: Like Mike Stanton changing his name to Giancarlo, Upton obviously hopes a change of name jump-starts his bat. B.J. stood for Bossman Jr., so maybe Upton feels it's time to do something about that .198 average and 324 strikeouts in two seasons. He's still a player with little fantasy value.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Joe Rodgers

Braves | Mike Minor completely healthy

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:31:13 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) said he's completely healthy this year after dealing with recurring left shoulder problems in a 2014 season that saw him go a career-worst 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts. "I started earlier, just to make sure everything was good," Minor said. "I started around Dec. 5 maybe. I usually wait till around Christmas time, but I wanted a couple of weeks to kind of ease into it and make sure everything was good."

Fantasy Tip: Minor's 2014 was a far cry from his spectacular 2013 season in which he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts. Expect Minor to bounce back this year, assuming his shoulder doesn't give him anymore problems. That makes him a nice sleeper pick in the late rounds to fill out your pitching staff.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Mike Minor wins arbitration case

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:45:07 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor won his arbitration case, and he'll make $5.6 million this year instead of the $5.1 million that the team offered.

Fantasy Tip: Minor comes into the 2015 season as a true sleeper candidate for the Braves with a guaranteed spot in the starting rotation. Look to take a chance on him in the latter rounds of your mixed league drafts to shore up your pitching depth.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Mark Bowman

Braves | Alberto Callaspo to play 3B in spring

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:49:18 -0800

Atlanta Braves 2B Alberto Callaspo will play plenty of third base this spring, and if he shares the hot corner this year, INF Phil Gosselin could be the primary second baseman.

Fantasy Tip: Callaspo will be a serviceable utility infielder for the Braves this year, but he's best to be owned on NL-only rosters, as his playing time could fluctuate at third and second base.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Todd Coffey financials

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:16:16 -0800

Atlanta Braves RP Todd Coffey will make $800,000 if he makes the major league roster, plus another $200,000 in performance bonuses.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jon Heyman

Braves | Eric Young Jr. financials

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:04:03 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. will make $1 million should he make the parent club out of spring training. He also has a chance at $750,000 in unspecified incentives.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jerry Crasnick

Braves | Atlanta has a platoon battle in left field

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:31:23 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. will battle OF Zoilo Almonte for platoon duty in left field with OF Jonny Gomes.

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Atlanta Braves Player News

Almonte Zoilo OF
Anderson Josh OF
Avilan Luis RP
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Beato Pedro RP
Bello Yenier C
Benson Joe OF
Bernard Miguel C
Bethancourt Christian C
Bolivar Luis SS
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Briceno Jose C
Brigham Jake SP
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Buck John C
Bullock Billy P
Butcher Ryan RP
Callaspo Alberto 2B
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Capps Matt RP
Carpenter David L. RP
Cedeno Juan P
Ciriaco Pedro SS
Clark Doug OF
Coffey Todd RP
Colyer Steve RP
Constanza Jose OF
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Cunningham Todd OF
Curtis Daniel P
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Dennick Ryan P
Doumit Ryan C
Elkerson Mike OF
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fish Robert P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Flores Jesus C
Foltynewicz Mike P
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Freeman Freddie 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomes Jonny OF
Gomez Yasser OF
Gosselin Phil 2B
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
Henry Sean OF
Heredia Jairo P
Hernandez Buddy P
Hiller William OF
Hodges Daniel P
Holt J.C. 2B
Hubbard Mike C
Hughes Dusty RP
Hunter Cedric OF
Hursh Jason P
Jackson Justin SP
Jaime Juan RP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson Chris 3B
Johnson Jim RP
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Johnson Kelly 3B
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelton David OF
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Craig RP
Kimbrel Matt P
Kohn Michael RP
Kurcz Aaron P
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Cody SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
Maya Yunesky SP
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCurry Cole P
Mendez Carlos C
Miller Shelby SP
Minor Mike SP
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Noboa Michael 2B
O'Dowd Chris C
Outman Josh RP
Paiml Greg INF
Parr James SP
Pastornicky Tyler 2B
Peraza Jose SS
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Eury OF
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace SS
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
Reyes Jorge P
Reynolds Mikey 2B
Rice Jason P
Richards Glen P
Ridgway Jeff RP
Robinson Andrew P
Rodriguez Geraldo INF
Rodriguez Manuel 1B
Rodriguez Wandy SP
Roman Milton P
Rondon Francisco P
Ruiz Rio 3B
Russell James RP
Sanchez Alejandro INF
Sanchez Ricardo SP
Sborz Jay P
Scalamandre Rich RP
Scarpetta Cody P
Schlehuber Braeden C
Schrader Clay RP
Schreiber Zach P
Schuerholz Jonathan 2B
Septimo Leyson P
Shehan Christopher OF
Silvestre Alvaro P
Simmons Andrelton SS
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas P
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Spina Michael 1B
Stults Eric SP
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terdoslavich Joey OF
Terveen Bryce C
Thomas Ian P
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Upton Jr. Melvin OF
Veal Donnie RP
Velazquez Juan INF
Veras Jose RP
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
Wang Chien-Ming SP
Weglarz Nick OF
White Dean SS
Williamson Fabian P
Wilson Ross 2B
Winkler Daniel SP
Wood Alex SP
Yepez Jose C
Young Jr. Eric OF

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John TO
Glavine Tom TO
Gonzalez Fredi MAN
Hart John TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
Snitker Brian TO
Tosca Carlos TO

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