Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’

RHP Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves

Mike Foltynewicz

Starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (48) of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch in a Spring Training game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Yankees won, 12-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

RHP John Cornely of the Atlanta Braves

John Cornely

Pitcher John Cornely (9) of the Atlanta Braves farm system in a Minor League Spring Training workout on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Everybody has an opinion about the Craig Kimbrel trade

Everybody has an opinion about the #Braves trading closer Craig Kimbrel to the Padres, including me:

And:

And even Chipper Jones asks fans to stay positive:

Here are a few of my photos from over the years:

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Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves visits Academy Sports in Spartanburg, S.C., as part of the 2011 Braves Caravan, Feb. 3, 2011.

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Spring Training, 2009.

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Spring Training, 2009.

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 2009.

And finally Craig himself chimed in on Twitter today:

Throwback Thursday: Bobby Cox at Spring Training

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Manager Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves takes a break on a grounds crew cart during batting practice before a game against the Cleveland Indians on March 19, 2007, at the Atlanta Spring Training camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images) #tbt

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.

Prospect Evan Gattis is Spring Training invitee

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Catcher Evan Gattis of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Catcher turned slugging left field prospect Evan Gattis is among the 21 non-roster invitees the Braves will bring to Spring Training camp this February.

The Braves’ invitees include nine pitchers: Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande, Sean Gilmartin, J.R. Graham, Dusty Hughes, Wirfin Obispo, Daniel Rodriguez, Gus Schlosser and Alex Wood.

Six catchers: Luis De La Cruz, Evan Gattis, Matt Kennelly, Matt Pagnozzi, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez. Three-infielders: Nick Ahmed, Blake DeWitt and Joe Leonard. Three-outfielders: Todd Cunningham, Joe Terdoslavich (formerly an infielder) and Jordan Parraz.

Shortstop, pitcher competitions keep Braves interesting

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right, of the Lynchburg Hillcats, jokes with the Hillcats radio reporter, center, and coach Bobby Moore before a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on June 15, 2011, at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

So far this spring the Atlanta Braves have a miserable exhibition record (2-10), but interest is growing in four rookies competing for possibly just two spots on the roster.

While Tyler Pastornicky was predicted by some reporters as the likely starting 2012 shortstop, Andrelton Simmons is turning this spring into a competition.

Simmons won the Carolina League batting title in 2011 as the only league player to hit above .300. But never having played above High Class A, he was thought to need another year in the minors.

But as of Thursday morning Simmons is batting .295 with an OPS of .780 in spring games and Pastornicky just .100 and an OPS of .229. Game on.

Two young, highly regarded pitchers are competing for spots on the roster, too, possibly one in a starting role. Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, both among the Braves’ top prospects, have been tag-teaming games this spring, one starting, one coming in later to pitch.

Teheran is 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA, and Delgado is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. So it’s possible neither will get the starting spot and both may be headed back to Triple A Gwinnett.

In any case, it keeps these spring games interesting, even as the Braves are less than inspiring at the plate.

RHP Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves at Spring Training camp on March 17, 2009, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

RHP Randall Delgado of the Atlanta Braves throws during an intra-squad game on March 13, 2009, at Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Tom Priddy / Four Seam Images)

 

Braves sign Prado, Wilson to one-year deals

Martin Prado of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, taken May 13, 2005, at Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Va. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran utility man Martin Prado to a one-year contract.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “The deal, which will pay Prado between $4.5 and $5 million, has no real bearing on the whether the Braves end up trading him because any conversations have come with the understanding that Prado would draw this kind of salary for 2012.”

The Braves also signed infielder Jack Wilson to a one-year deal.

 

Lefty Gilmartin will be headed to Spring Training

Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (2) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on August 16, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Gilmartin was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State. Making his second start of the season, he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Lefty Sean Gilmartin, one of the Atlanta Braves’ top prospects, is one of the non-roster invitees who will be attending Spring Training with the big club next month.

The Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Gilmartin was named the No. 20 prospect in last fall’s Arizona Fall League.

The club’s other non-roster invitees will include Christian Bethancourt, Andrelton Simmons, Todd Cunningham, Zeke Spruill, Stefan Gartrell, Jordan Parraz, Josh Wilson and Drew Sutton, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports.

Matt Young gets the call for opening day

9 April 2008: Infielder Matt Young (6) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the season’s home opener against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Infielder Matt Young, a long-time Minor Leaguer, got the word today that he’ll be on the Atlanta Braves’ 25-man roster on opening day.

Reports from the Braves’ beat writers indicate that Young was so emotional when he was given the news Sunday morning that he temporarily forgot to listen to anything else that was said.

Nobody in the Braves organization has worked harder to get a roster spot. Young, generously listed at 5 feet 8 inches, has had to work harder than anyone else to get noticed. He has been a perennial award winner and all-star.

He hit .300 last year at Triple-A, .358 just a few months ago in Mexico, and in his career was player of the week in the International League, Southern League, Carolina League, Best Hustler in the Southern League . . . and you get the picture.

Has his height kept him back? Probably, but he keeps hustling and winning awards. And now he finally got the call after being in the Braves organization since 2005.

I’ve photographed him for several years, including quite a bit when he was in Mississippi, and I haven’t seen very many players work as hard as he has. He deserves this shot.

Also selected to the opening day roster today were Brandon Hicks, also a long-time Braves farmhand, another feel-good announcement.

15 March 2009: Brandon Hicks in a game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros at the Braves’ Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images