No specific date yet, but I'd think he'll need at least a short rehab assignment first, and he's not started one yet.
Probably, but not in any major role with games on the line, if they can help it.
He's pitched well, for the most part, in his limited chances recently. And if the sinker is working, which it's doing much more now than when he made a few starts early on, then he can contribute to the pen in a positive way.
They work with him and everyone else all spring on sliding, but when it comes to doing it in games, a lot of guys react instinctively by sliding head-first (which they're taught not to do) or, in his case, getting all caught up in the moment and going in hard and late sometimes.
Don't know, but he wisely doesn't get caught up in social media. Not much to be gained for players to hear people ranting displeasure over a slump or him saying something that was ill-timed, like he did. Better to let that stuff pass, which it does, as long as a player performs. That's all that matters, in the end. He's an extremely nice guy, just gets emotional a bit and lets it show, when talking about his close friends or teammates. Didn't think about how that might be perceived by fans, I'm sure. But believe me, he's a dude you never have to worry about doing something stupid, embarrassing the team, etc. And he was only taking up for his pal Uggla. They're close.
No, not fair to say. He's a guy who doesn't take himself too seriously and has an easygoing personality, but to say he's not an elite hitter and a very good defensive player is wrong. Not a huge power guy, but an elite hitter.
So far, looks like a straight platoon. And this is not a good year to be in a straight platoon if you're only facing lefties, because the Brave are facing so few of them.
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I thought Fredi should've gotten out there sooner. Fredi said he didn't realize they were having a heated discussion, didn't know it had escalated. But when you watch the replay, it shows Wood gesturing with his fingers to show where he thought a couple of pitches were, and he and the ump exchanging words for a good 5-10 seconds as Wood walked toward the dugout. Would've been good to get out there and get between them if at all possible, unless Fredi just didn't see that happening until it was too late. But at same time, Wood also can't make that gesture and keep talking to ump. Once is enough, anymore and the ump, especially today's umps, is likely to run him and say the player was showing him up and that he had to do it and blah blah blah.
Sorry, but I gave up trying to predict baseball drafts a long time ago. It's folly, especially after the team's first pick. I'll say this: Expect more pitching, and expect almost all picks to be high school guys, not college. That's the strategy now for Braves. They cite players ranging from Chipper, Glavine and Freeman to Mike Trout, all came directly from high school, not college.
Last night was his first one, at Gwinnett. Went 0-for-3 with a K, played left field.
No idea. And I asked several Dodgers media the same thing. Made no sense. The one reasonable answer: They had a logjam at 3B and wanted to clear a spot, and what I thought all along was they didn't want to get rid of the popular Uribe in order to do it, so they made a trade.
Don't know. And if team knows, they aren't saying, publicly or privately. That's why Peraza is playing some OF now, because Peterson is the 2B for forseeable future. And the Braves have been waiting to see if Maybin could keep it up long-term before making any knee-jerk decisions about him for future, whether he fits. He's now shown it long enough to convince some that he fits in CF at least for next season. Peraza could move to LF, possibly, since Braves don't have a LF under contract for next year. Maybin could, too, but he's been solid in CF, so that doesn't make much sense.
I didn't have as much a problem with pulling him last night as I did a few starts back when Fredi pinch-hit with Ciriaco. If you had a terrific pinch-hitter, that's one thing. But Shelby is your best pitcher, period. Bullpen or starter. And with the bullpen faltering, I think you've got to look at keeping him in if it's a one-run game either way or score's tied, unless it's an obvious, must-pinch-hit situation with a runner in scoring position representing the tying or go-ahead run, that kind of thing. Otherwise, Shelby's got to go 110-115 pitches if he feels up to it.
Players do figure it out sometimes, you know? How to stay healthy, how to repeat what's working. He's clicked with Seitzer. If you're watching Maybin play every night and not just using advanced stats to predict he'll return to what's been his regular form, please tell me what you see in his performance to suggest that it's not real, that it's smoke and mirrors, that his numbers this season are inflated? Just watching him on a nightly basis, I see a guy who's shortened his swing, a tall guy who's figured out how to use his long arms instead of them hindering him at the plate, a guy who's using the whole field, spraying balls up the middle and the other way, keeping the ball on the ground or on a line, utilizing his speed. What do you see that suggests his numbers aren't legit?
Don't have an answer for you there. They do pitchers' fielding practice as much as any team in spring. Not many, if any, teams work on PFP in-season on a regular basis, but Braves might want to have a session or two to bone up on those skills, because you're right, there have been several. Usually, though, it's been from errant pickoff throws, at least the ones I remember recently. That's something that can be worked on in-season. That, or you just reduce the attempts drastically if you're not confident you can do it consistently without a bad throw.
How so? He was on the DL when last season began, and he hit .267/.310/.404 w/ 1 HR, 6 RBI and 2 stolen bases in 146 at-bats over his first 50 games. This season, he's hitting .299/.371/.477 w/ 5 HR, 27 RBI, 10 stolen bases in 157 at-bats over his first 48 games. So, when did you see him do the same thing last year?
They're not trading young starters and starting-pitcher prospects. They could trade Grilli, Johnson, those kind of pitchers. But not young starters. Would fly in the face of everything they've stated to be the plan. And besides, unlike a lot of fans of Wisler and Banuelos, the Braves aren't in a hurry to get them to bigs this season. Wisler is really young, Banuelos pitched very little last season. Both figure in long-term plans. Both could be up at some point this season, if needed.
I wouldn't bet on either of those options. Braves will continue to try to trade CJ, who has 2 more years on his contract after this one. They love Uribe, but he'll look for best deal as a free agent, I'm sure.
Good chance, and it could be soon.
Those promotions usually happen with Braves in second half of season. Good chance it will happen with him. But on the other hand, you have to remember that Triple-A is not a required stop on the ladder to big leagues. Braves have promoted plenty of guys from Double-A to majors. I think he'll spend some time in Gwinnett, but it's not a requirement if the big-league club had a need all of a sudden for his skill set.
If it was for more than 3-4 games, say a 15-day stint, Braves might consider a Eury Perez or possibly Mallex, though I still think they want the latter to keep developing his overall skills, including his outfield play. He's made strides, they say, this season. They want that to continue. As for Peraza, he's not played enough CF to come up right now and do it at the big-league level.