The Braves will begin a series in Washington tonight that could shape the rest of the season as both sides send their best matchups to the mound and their hitters well rested at full strength for what promises to be a strong series.
Atlanta recalled outfielder Michael Reed yesterday and designated Danny Santana for assignment in an attempt to bolster the bench for a strong second half run at a playoff berth. Reed has been with Atlanta already once this season.
The last few trade deadlines for Atlanta has seen the Braves as more of sellers than buyers and with little excitement involved each time. This year finally offers an opportunity for Atlanta to be buyers and that should excite fans already.
The breakdown of the Braves minor league prospects continues from our minor league staff. We are now into the top ten prospects overall and there are some really exciting names in this batch.
ESPN’s Keith Law lists five Braves prospects inside his mid-season top fifty listing even after the Braves have promoted several top prospects from their system in the past year and half. The depth of Atlanta’s system is really something to behold.
Cleveland went out and got help for their bullpen yesterday, but it definitely did not come in the form of a “Hand” out after having to part with top catching prospect Fransisco Mejia. You have to “Hand” it to the Indians though, picking up Adam Cimber and Brad Hand definitely gives their bullpen a “Hand” up going into the home stretch. (I’m so sorry, but the pun opportunities were there and it forced my hand.)
Shohei Ohtani is set to begin a rehab throwing program that will hopefully have him back on the mound soon for the Angels. The stud right hander is still DH-ing for the Los Angeles club but they would assuredly love to get him back on the mound ASAP.