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 Zeke Spruill of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp on March 14, 2009, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday in a trade that sent veteran utility man Martin Prado and starting pitcher Randall Delgado to Arizona.
Also in the deal Arizona received three prospects from Atlanta: pitcher Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury.
Infielder Nick Ahmed (22) of the Danville Braves, Appalachian League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Johnson City Cardinals on August 19, 2011, at Howard Johnson Field in Johnson City, Tennessee. Ahmed was Atlanta’s second-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Danville defeated Johnson City, 5-4, in 16 innings. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
Infielder Brandon Drury (2) of the Rome Braves, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, in a game against the Greenville Drive on May 6, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Drury is Atlanta’s No. 10 prospect, according to Baseball America. Greenville won, 11-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
July 15, 2009: 2009 draft pick infielder Mycal Jones (1) of the Danville
Braves, 4th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against
the Elizabethton Twins at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville, Va.
Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
In case you think I was just fooling with you by mentioning Mycal Jones in a previous post and not showing his photo — here he is.
July 15, 2009: L.V. Ware (7) of the Danville Braves pretends to help Braves
mascot Blooper stretch before a game against the Elizabethton Twins
at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in Danville, Va. Photo by: Tom Priddy/
Four Seam Images
Oh, you know, no matter where I go, I always wind up with a goofy photo or two . . . .
I mean, what else are you gonna do while the teams are just standing around waiting for the game to start?
July 15, 2009: 2009 draft pick infielder Derek McCallum (7) of the
Elizabethton Twins, 4th round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins, prior to
a game against the Danville Braves at Dan Daniel Memorial Park in
Danville, Va. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
It’s an unusual night game indeed when the light starts out bad and actually gets better as the game progresses. Such was the case last night in Danville, Va.
I can’t count the number of games I’ve shot this year that began in the rain at 3200, or what I like to call f-dark-30. My colleagues around the country say the same thing — the weather this year has not been cooperating.
Rain, fog, heavy cloud cover — these things don’t contribute to good baseball photography. Every shooter likes a little cloud cover cutting down on the bright, glaring sunshine, but this is ridiculous.
Fortunately, as is my usual procedure, I got to the park yesterday way ahead of the rain. I come to Danville every year to catch the young players in the Braves’ rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League, and I always enjoy seeing manager Paul Runge and GM David Cross.
Paul and his coaches, Derrick Lewis and Carlos Mendez, already had the team in the middle of drills when I got there about 3.
The shooting was pretty good during batting practice, and I was able to get some of the top 2009 draft picks on my list, including infielder Mycal Jones of the Braves, and later in the afternoon Derek McCallum of the Twins, (shown here), both fourth-round picks.
So, in case you think I’m complaining about the weather, I’m not. It doesn’t do any good, anyway. Besides, if you get there early enough it all averages out.