Atlanta Braves news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:15:09 -0800
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.
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.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:08:12 -0800
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.
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.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:53:41 -0800
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.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:14 -0800
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.
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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.
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.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:39:11 -0800
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.
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.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:45:07 -0800
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.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:49:18 -0800
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.
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