Atlanta played a very solid all around game against the Padres last night as Anibal Sanchez gave the Braves 7 shutout innings. Ender Inciarte drove in two of the Braves 4 runs with one run coming off a homer to right field which was absolutely tattooed.
Josh Ravin was hit in the head with a hard liner last night in Gwinnett. Amazingly he was able to stand under his own power and sit on the medical cart before exiting the game. Ravin spent some time with Atlanta earlier this season but has been in Gwinnett ever since.
With the Rays changing baseball by trying out their new “opener” strategy other forward thinking teams like the Braves may try their hand at it themselves. Unfortunately the Braves pen does not look ready to handle that challenge right now so it may take time before we see this experiment find its way to Atlanta.
Everyone knows about the great prospects that have made the leap to the major league level from the Braves minor league system but who’s next? Here is a list of the up-and-comers which is headlined by third base prospect Austin Riley.
Some tough luck for the Giants and their third baseman who could see some considerable time on the shelf now. Braves fans and Freddie Freeman can sympathize all too well with Giants fans after seeing enough hands broken to last a lifetime.
The Minnesota big third baseman Miguel Sano was optioned down to the minors in an attempt to solve his struggles of late. Not only did the Twins send Sano down but they sent him all the way to single A.
Manny Machado has made it known that he would rather play shortstop in the majors but is his trade value better maximized as a third baseman? The Orioles know they have to trade Machado so let the games begin.