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Braves | Chris Johnson potentially platooning?

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:28:59 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson is unlikely to be used in a strict platoon but could be used in a soft platoon, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Johnson batted .395 in 114 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and .231 in 468 at-bats against right-handed pitchers last season. In 2013, he hit .381 in 134 at-bats against lefties and .300 in 384 at-bats against right-handed pitchers. Johnson has gained comfort with his adjusted batting stance, which focused on lowering his hands. He's totaled five hits, including a two-run homer against Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed SP Vance Worley Thursday, March 26, in his past six spring training at-bats.

Fantasy Tip: Johnson ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) needs to avoid being platooned if he hopes to retain his already modest value. He's unlikely to provide value in standard mixed leagues and is a middle-tier option in NL-only and large mixed leagues.

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


Braves | Christian Bethancourt returns

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:35:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 26.

Fantasy Tip: Bethancourt was down about a week and lost 6 pounds due to the flu. He'll have to play catch-up, and his strength and durability will be worth watching. At $2,800 (5.6% of your cap), he's a low-end flyer on FantasyScore. A.J. Pierzynski ($2,600, 5.2% of cap) is also on the roster, and he could see more time the first couple of weeks.

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Braves | Andrelton Simmons fine after HBP

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:21:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (elbow) wore a protective guard over his left elbow Tuesday, March 24, one day after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow. He went 1-for-3 and hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's contest, which pushed his average to .467, with two homers and 12 RBI in 10 games.

Fantasy Tip: Simmons doesn't appear to be injured after getting plunked Monday. The young shortstop has some power upside -- he hit 17 homers in 2013 -- but hasn't hit for a high average, despite rarely striking out. He's a fine late-round target for gamers looking to fill a middle infield spot or take a chance on some upside at shortstop.

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Braves | Nick Markakis on track for opening day

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:37:13 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis played right field for six innings without issue Tuesday, March 24, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was confident Markakis would be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: If you're looking for secure production in the late stages of drafts, Markakis fits the bill. While there is limited upside, he chips in across all fantasy categories and has avoided injury in all but one season during his nine-year career. Continue to check back for updates, but unless there are setbacks, Markakis looks set for opening day.

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Braves | Mike Minor throws from 60 feet

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:39:21 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) threw two sets of 15 throws from 60 feet Tuesday, March 24. It was the first time he threw since being shut down Thursday, March 5.

Fantasy Tip: Minor is basically starting spring training all over again, and he projects to return in late-May or early-June. With his 2014 season mired by shoulder issues, his fantasy stock is becoming a risky undertaking, and you shouldn't be afraid to allow him to take up space on an opponent's roster. Still, he returned near-elite numbers in 2013, so there could be upside for a patient owner.

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Braves | Nick Markakis has pair of hits in debut

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:50:37 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) had two hits, including a double, in his spring training debut Monday, March 23. He will play right field Tuesday, March 24, too, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We'll see how he feels after running the bases -- the first time he's run the bases in a game in a long time," Gonzalez said. "But it was nice to get him three at-bats. That second at-bat he really smoked that ball."

Fantasy Tip: Markakis is a late-round option in mixed leagues, as he doesn't make a significant impact in any one fantasy category but chips in slightly across them all. Continue to check back for updates, but it appears Markakis is on track to play opening day.

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Braves | Mike Minor return timeline

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:31:54 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) is expected to return in mid-May or early-June, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Fantasy Tip: Minor battled through shoulder issues all of last season, so expecting him to return to the near-elite level of production he showed during 2013 is ill-advised. He is a stash candidate in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, but a solid return is far more speculative than certain. Don't be afraid to let him be someone else's roster clog, either.

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Braves | Nick Markakis expected to play Monday

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:47:34 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is expected to be the designated hitter in the spring training game against the Houston Astros Monday, March 23. Markakis took part in batting practice Sunday, March 22, for the third straight day.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis' status for the start of the regular season is uncertain, so owners should consider tracking his progress. Markakis helps in most of the offensive categories but is not a big impact bat. He could be an option in the later rounds of drafts.

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


Braves | Nick Markakis will see game action soon

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:50:13 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is expected to play in a game within the next few days, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We've got to ramp him up the right way to get into games," Gonzalez said. "I don't know when that will happen. He might come in tomorrow and say, 'Can I get a couple at-bats? Can I go to the Minor Leagues to get some at-bats?'"

Fantasy Tip: Markakis doesn't make a huge impact in any single fantsy category, but he tips the scales a little in them all. Expect his new supporting cast in Atlanta to further contribute to the downward slide in production he has experienced over the past few seasons, though. Markakis is a late-round option in mixed leagues, although, he does hold more value in points leagues, and FantasyScore contests, because he has averaged a .345 on-base percentage and 233 total bases per year over the past four seasons.

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Braves | Nick Markakis to take BP again

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:49:17 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) is scheduled to take batting practice again Saturday, March 21, and will be eased toward live pitching.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis' status for the start of the regular season is uncertain at this point but may not miss a lot of time if he is not ready for the opener. Markakis does not make a big impact in any of the fantasy categories and could be a later-round option for owners on mixed leagues.

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Braves | Cody Martin still in the mix

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:55:02 -0700

Atlanta Braves P Cody Martin is one of three pitchers in the mix for the final spot in the team's rotation.

Fantasy Tip: Martin has had a tremendous spring to vault into the battle for the job. He is fighting Eric Stults and Mike Foltynewicz for the spot. He could be a surprise FantasyScore option if he wins a starting job.

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


Braves | Mike Foltynewicz in hunt for job

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:54:20 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz is one of three pitchers fighting for the final spot in the team's rotation.

Fantasy Tip: Foltynewicz is battling Eric Stults and Cody Martin for the final starting job. He worked in relief, posting a 5.30 ERA in 16 appearances with the Houston Astros in 2014. He'll only have fantasy appeal if he wins a rotation job.

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


Braves | Eric Stults fighting for rotation job

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:53:05 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Eric Stults appears to be in a three-man race for the final rotation job with Ps Mike Foltynewicz and Cody Martin.

Fantasy Tip: Stults would obviously have much more value to FantasyScore owners as a starter, and he could have a leg up since he is the only lefty of the three pitchers. If the team decides they want another left-handed starter, Stults could be in good shape.

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


Braves | Wandy Rodriguez wins rotation spot

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:25:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Wandy Rodriguez has been penciled in as the fourth starter, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Fantasy Tip: The 36-year-old lefty has pitched just 89 1/3 innings over the past two years, and he returned an atrocious 6.75 ERA over his six starts and 26 2/3 innings last season. He has low-end appeal in NL-only formats, but at this point, Rodriguez doesn't tip the scales in mixed formats.

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Braves | Nick Markakis takes BP

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:22:45 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) took batting practice for the first time this spring Friday, March 20, and said he felt good. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team is optimistic that Markakis will be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: While opening day might be a stretch for Markakis with his new squad, he may not miss much time in the season's opening month if he can avoid any setbacks. He's on the wrong side of 30, though, and his move to the National League and away from a hitter's park are drawbacks. He's a boring vet for fantasy purposes, and he's worth no more than a late-round flier to fill out your roster.

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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
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
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
Moylan Peter RP
Noboa Michael 2B
O'Dowd Chris C
Outman Josh RP
Paiml Greg INF
Parr James SP
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
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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