As 2017 comes to a close we look back at what was an eventful year for the Atlanta Braves and us here at Talking Chop. There were a lot of things to be excited about and quite a few things that disappointed us, but it was never not entertaining.
Here we look back at our favorite stories that we did in 2017. As you can see, there is a lot and we hope there is even more in 2018.
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Mid-Season Prospect List
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Eric takes a look back at the five-year evolution of Atlanta’s farm system beginning in 2012 through 2017. It is an interesting look to see just how quickly things turned around.
The Braves replaced longtime pitching coach Roger McDowell with Chuck Hernandez in 2017. Ivan takes a deep dive into what the McDowell era was and wasn’t in Atlanta.
Garrett Spain profiles Ronald Acuna before he began his assent as one of the best prospects in the game.
Hey we can all dream right? Demetrius Bell on what the 2017 Braves needed to have happen for a miracle run.
One of my favorite articles of the year as Garrett takes a closer look at Mike Soroka’s mechanics.
The World Baseball Classic was awesome in 2017 and Dillon Cloud discusses why even with its flaws.
No one really expected the Atlanta Braves to compete in 2017 but there were still goals that they were reaching for.
Another favorite as Ivan and Eric Cole dig into the similarities and differences of Julio Teheran and then White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Ivan on shifts and which players could be hurt the most by opposing defensive alignments.
Guarav Vedak previews the many new menu options at SunTrust Park.
Brad Rowland on what the Braves should expect from Brandon Phillips. I’d say he met most expectations.
Demetrius answers the question that many of us have asked ourselves repeatedly.
Our 2017 Draft coverage kicked into high gear with the release of Matt Powers’ Top 100 draft prospects.
Would you believe me if I told you Emilio Bonifacio was able to stick on the Braves roster until the beginning of June. Yeah me either.
Sean Newcomb made his major league debut in early June and Garrett tells us what we should expect.
Garrett adds his thoughts on Braves first round pick Kyle Wright.
Ivan weighs in on the career-resurgence by Tyler Flowers and Brandon Phillips.
Eric on how Bryse Wilson’s 2017 season cemented his spot as one of the Braves’ best pitching prospects.
Dansby Swanson was relegated to a bench role in July and Ivan tells us why that was a mistake.
Eric touched on this theme more than once in 2017. The Braves have built a strong farm system but you shouldn’t be surprised when they start flipping prospects for other assets.
Ronald Acuna began the season in High-A but then quickly advanced his way through the minors. Guarav takes a closer look at his rise not only in regards as the Braves’ top prospect but to being one of the best overall prospects in baseball.
Since Atlanta’s rebuild began, the team hasn’t gotten a lot of mileage out of young players. Hopefully that changes in 2018.
We all love Ronald Acuna. Matt Powers weighs in on his meteoric rise.
Eric on the reasons why Atlanta’s scouting department is more important than ever.
On that note, Matt tells us why 2018 is the most important year in Atlanta’s rebuild.
John Coppolella resignation and subsequent banishment from baseball gave the Atlanta Braves a black eye but as Garrett points out, it wasn’t all bad during his tenure.
Coming out of the Coppolella/MLB investigation disaster, hiring Alex Anthopoulos to oversee the team’s baseball operations was about the best case scenario for the Atlanta Braves. Now Eric tells everyone why they must be patient after the change.
Matt goes in depth on Anthopoulos’ career.
Ivan on why hiring Anthopoulos and giving him control of baseball operations was a big win for the Atlanta Braves.
Ivan also attempts to put a monetary value on the penalties issued to the Braves by Major League Baseball.
Dillon explains why the Braves took on so much salary in 2018 to rid themselves of Matt Kemp.