Results tagged ‘ Atlanta Braves ’

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)

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.

Pitcher David Hale gets the call from Atlanta

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RHP David Hale (28) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Greenville Drive April 12, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Hale, a third-round 2009 draft pick, was making his Class A debut. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Atlanta farmhand David Hale has been added to the Braves’ expanded September roster.

J.C. Boscan gets a chance with the Chicago Cubs

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Catcher J.C. Boscan (2) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, warms up prior to a game against the Mobile BayBears on April 10, 2008, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

The Chicago Cubs have recalled former Greenville Braves catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa as a backup catcher.

I can’t think of anybody I’d rather see make the majors and stay there than J.C. He has paid plenty of dues. I’ve photographed him with the Greenville Braves, Mississippi Braves and Atlanta, and he’s had just a cup of coffee in the big leagues so far in his career.

Adam Wainwright in Class AA in 2003

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Pitcher Adam Wainwright of the Greenville Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, waits out a rain delay in the clubhouse, his pitching arm wrapped, on April 4, 2003, at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina. Wainwright is now an All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals. Copyright (c) 2003 Tom Priddy. 

This one of my favorite shots of Adam Wainwright from 10 years ago, mainly because it’s something you don’t see very often. I’m not sure I’d be allowed inside to shoot anything like this today.

Freddie and Jason together back in 2009

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Dugout scene of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, including Freddie Freeman, second from left, and Jason Heyward, second from right, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, on 2009 opening day, April 9, 2009, at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

In recognition of Freddie Freeman making the All-Star Team, here’s a look back at my favorite Freddie photo, from Class A in 2009. Oh, and that’s Jason Heyward sitting next to him, by the way. #VoteFreddie

Freddie Freeman in race for All-Star spot

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Infielder Freddie Freeman (16) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on May 8, 2008, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Here’s one more vote for Freddie Freeman for the All-Star roster spot. #VoteFreddie This is my first photo of Freddie, back when he was with the Rome Braves in 2008.

Jeff Francoeur and Dayton Moore in 2005

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Dayton Moore, Director of Player Personnel for the Atlanta Braves, right, is shown here with Jeff Francoeur, one of his prize players, on April 19, 2005, at Class A Mississippi. Moore was named No. 1 in Baseball America’s “Top 10 General Manager Prospects” before the 2004 season and one of the “Up-And-Coming Power Brokers” in March 2005. He is credited with bringing along the rookies who have made significant contributions to the Atlanta lineup this year. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

It’s likely that just about everyone who has spent any time around Jeff Francoeur is rooting for him today as he begins looking for a new job.

Frenchy was designated for assignment over the weekend by the Kansas City Royals. The job of giving him the news had to be tough for Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, who was a long-time Francoeur booster.

Reporters and bloggers are saying that the Royals had to look for a better hitter for the right field spot.

It would be tough to find a better representative of Major League Baseball than Jeff Francoeur. I photographed him often, and saw many situations where he went out of his way to reach out to the fans at every level.

At one Class A game a boy was struck by a foul ball hit by an opposing batter late in the ninth inning. The game ended with EMS personnel attending to the boy in the stands. Although Francoeur was not involved in the play at all, he pulled a bat from his stash and gave it to the mom for the boy.

It’s well known that Francoeur has paid for snacks and beer for fans in the right field stands at opposing ballparks, often tossing the money wrapped around a ball into the stands.

This shot of Francoeur with Moore when Moore was director of the Atlanta player personnel was taken at a Double A game in Mississippi and is indicative of the close relationship they had.

When Moore left the Braves’ organization to become GM in Kansas City he picked up Francoeur in what seemed at the time to be a perfect fit for both. I can’t imagine how tough it must have been to let him go.

Here’s hoping Frenchy isn’t through with baseball, and that someone finds him another good fit.