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Throwback Thursday: Brian McCann


Catcher Brian McCann of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, taken April 20, 2005, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.  (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former Atlanta Brave Brian McCann was introduced to the New York media today as the newest Yankee. Tears are shed in Atlanta . . .



Pirates prospect Evan Chambers dies at 24

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Center fielder Evan Chambers (53) of the West Virginia Power bats in a game against the Greenville Drive on May 2, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Chambers is the No. 21 top prospect of the Pirates. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates minor league prospect Evan Chambers died in his sleep over the weekend. He was 24. The Sporting News reports that the cause of death is unknown at this time.

As a Minor Leaguer he played for the West Virginia Power against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field in 2010.

Throwback Thursday: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Atlanta Braves on March 14, 2007, at their Spring Training camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

A clean-shaven and short-haired Jarrod Saltalamacchia at a 2007 Spring Training workout when he was still a prospect for the Atlanta Braves.

Lucas Sims is Atlanta’s top prospect for 2014

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Starting pitcher Lucas Sims (26) of the Rome Braves before a game against the Greenville Drive on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Sims was the No. 1 pick of the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Rome and Sims picked up the win, 6-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Baseball America has named RHP Lucas Sims as the Atlanta Braves’ top prospect for 2014.


Throwback Thursday: Craig Kimbrel in Danville

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Pitcher Craig Kimbrel of the Danville Braves, rookie Appalachian League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, works a pitchers’ drill prior to a game against the Burlington Royals on June 19, 2008, at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville, Va. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

RHP Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians

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Starting pitcher Danny Salazar (40) of the Columbus Clippers before a game against the Charlotte Knights on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Columbus won, 4-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Tonight’s playoff starting pitcher for Cleveland is Danny Salazar, a guy I photographed this summer in Charlotte when he was still playing for Triple A Columbus. Small world. Of course, now photos of him in a Minor League uni are worthless, but at least I get a blog post out of it.

LHP Brian Johnson of the Greenville Drive

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Pitcher Brian Johnson (28) of the Greenville Drive pitches in his debut against the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Johnson was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st Round (31st overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida. Charleston won, 5-0. Johnson is the No. 15 prospect for the Boston Red Sox, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

There is only one member of the 2013 Greenville Drive represented in the 2013 Topps Heritage Minor League card set, released yesterday. Thank goodness at least they used my photo . . .

Catcher Christian Bethancourt called up to Atlanta

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RHP Juilo Teheran, left, and catcher Christian Bethancourt, two of the Atlanta Braves’ top prospects, walk toward the bullpen before playing in a game against the Greenville Drive April 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been called up to Atlanta for September. It doesn’t seem like very long ago that he was in Greenville (above) catching Julio Teheran, who is now in the Atlanta rotation.

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Catcher Christian Bethancourt of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp on March 13, 2009, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

I first photographed him at Spring Training in 2009 (above), when he looked to be about 16 years old. Actually, I think he was 17 at the time.

Daniel Bard claimed by the Chicago Cubs

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Pitcher Daniel Bard of the Greenville Drive, Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in a game against the Columbus Catfish on June 16, 2007, at West End Field in Greenville, S.C.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed former Greenville Drive pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Red Sox.


Former Drive LHP Cesar Cabral now with Yanks

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LHP Cesar Cabral (47) of the Greenville Drive, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at a game against the West Virginia Power May 2, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former @GreenvilleDrive pitcher Cesar Cabral pitched briefly last night for the Yankees and his ERA remains at 0.00.