As Braves look to contend, priorities mount

As Braves look to contend, priorities mount

ATLANTA -- As the Braves enter the offseason and attempt to take another step toward re-establishing themselves as legitimate postseason contenders, they have an obvious need to make room for top prospect Ronald Acuna and a definite desire to upgrade their bullpen.

Recognizing the possibility Acuna could be ready to make his Major League debut on Opening Day, the Braves will place much of their early focus on trying to trade one of their corner outfielders -- Matt Kemp or Nick Markakis. There is certainly a desire to part ways with Kemp, but the two years remaining on his contract became more of an albatross as his conditioning once again became a concern during this year's injury-plagued season.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves' Jackson delivers in AFL victory

Atlanta's No. 16 prospect notches two doubles, launches homer

Braves' Jackson delivers in AFL victory

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Jackson's breakout season is continuing in the Arizona Fall League.

After setting a career-high with 19 homers in 96 games this season, Jackson showed some of his power with a two-run homer in the Peoria Javelinas' 6-4 win over the Surprise Saguaros on Wednesday afternoon.

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves exercise Snitker's option for 2018

Braves exercise Snitker's option for 2018

ATLANTA -- As Brian Snitker progressed through the final month of the season, he was uncertain whether he would be given another chance to be a Major League manager. The odds of him being retained as the Braves' skipper seemed to fluctuate on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

Fortunately for Snitker, he didn't have to wait long to receive the answer he and many of the Braves players were seeking.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Braves' Arizona Fall League overview

No. 10 prospect Riley honing plate discipline, defense in AFL

Braves' Arizona Fall League overview

When you're 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and hit 12 homers in 60 games during your pro debut, you're likely to be defined by your power. Braves third baseman Austin Riley doesn't mind that so much, just as long as it's not the only thing he's known for.

Riley is playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, working to hone all aspects of his craft. And yes, after two full seasons of 20 homers per year, that does include sending balls over the fence.

Continue Reading

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fried dazzles in one-hit Fall League start

Braves No. 9 prospect was perfect through four frames

Fried dazzles in one-hit Fall League start

A strong outing from Javelinas starting pitcher Max Fried, the Braves' No. 9 prospect, led Peoria to a 6-2 victory over the Salt River Rafters Monday afternoon.

Fried pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four Rafters. All four of his strikeouts came on swing-and-misses, three of them with a four-seam fastball that Fried established early and used to retire the majority of the hitters he faced.

Continue Reading

Andy Krauss is a graduate journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Acuna, Gohara named Prospects of the Year

Acuna, Gohara named Prospects of the Year

ATLANTA -- Ronald Acuna and Luiz Gohara made a rapid ascent through the Braves' Minor League system this year and established themselves as a pair of much-hyped prospects who have the capability to become impact players in Atlanta as early as next season.

When it came time for MLBPipeline.com to recognize the top players from within the Braves' talent-rich farm system, it certainly wasn't surprising to learn Acuna was named Player of the Year. Gohara's impressive rise from from Class A Advanced Florida to Atlanta's rotation earned him the Pitcher of the Year honors.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Riley, Braves prospects break out bats in AFL

Riley, Braves prospects break out bats in AFL

MESA, Ariz. -- Austin Riley may be a slow starter in the regular season, but in the Arizona Fall League, he seems to have found his rhythm almost immediately.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first AFL game action, Riley had a huge game offensively and led Peoria to a 10-9 win over Mesa on Thursday afternoon.

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves arms dominate on AFL Opening Day

Braves arms dominate on AFL Opening Day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Braves' farm system is full of exciting young arms, and they were on full display as the Arizona Fall League got underway on Tuesday afternoon.

Braves prospects Max Fried, Touki Toussaint, Josh Graham and Corbin Clouse combined for 16 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings as Peoria topped Glendale 3-0.

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coppolella resigns as Braves' general manager

Coppolella resigns as Braves' general manager

ATLANTA -- John Coppolella spent the past three years engineering a massive rebuilding effort that has positioned the Braves to enter the next few seasons with a strong sense of optimism. Unfortunately, some of his actions in the course of that rebuild denied him a chance to reap the benefits of his endeavors.

Coppolella was forced to resign from his position as the Braves general manager on Monday, after an MLB investigation found proof of significant international market infractions. Gordon Blakeley, who served as Coppolella's mentor during their days with the Yankees, was also forced to vacate his role as a special assistant in charge of the Braves' international scouting efforts.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman among most popular jerseys

Freeman among most popular jerseys

Aaron Judge has the highest number in all of Major League Baseball, and this time we are talking about total sales of his No. 99 Yankees jersey.

MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.

Continue Reading

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves' season features fresh faces, new home

First campaign at SunTrust Park showcases youth movement

Braves' season features fresh faces, new home

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves outwardly expressed the possibility of being a postseason contender in year three of their massive rebuild, their first season of the SunTrust Park era met logical expectations.

History will recognize 2017 as the year in which the Braves compiled a fourth consecutive losing season for the first time since 1990. Those who watched the season elapse may remember it as the one in which Ozzie Albies and some other highly touted prospects arrived on the scene to provide hope for the future and erase the frustration caused by Bartolo Colon and some of this year's other unsuccessful short-term gambles.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hart: Braves 'won't miss a beat' in front office

GM John Coppolella resigned after committing infractions related to the international market

Hart: Braves 'won't miss a beat' in front office

ATLANTA -- Braves president of operations John Hart knew he'd spend the first week of the offseason deciding on manager Brian Snitker's future and evaluating his coaching staff. His to-do list grew much longer on Monday, when John Coppolella was forced to resign as general manager because of a significant infraction committed on the international market.

With Coppolella gone, Hart now must oversee and handle more of the daily responsibilities in a front office full of new faces.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swanson, homers send Braves off with win

Swanson, homers send Braves off with win

MIAMI -- History was put on hold in Giancarlo Stanton's quest to reach 60 home runs on Sunday. Instead, it was a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia and Kurt Suzuki's two-run home run that helped propel the Braves to an 8-5 victory over the Marlins in the season finale at Marlins Park.

The main spotlight was on Stanton, who started in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career to guarantee as many at-bats as possible to assist his chances to hit his 60th home run. But Stanton ended up going 2-for-5 with an RBI single. His single in the third inning was clocked at 122.2 mph, which is the hardest base hit recorded since Statcast™ launched in 2015.

Continue Reading

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Draft order set; Braves to pick 8th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; Braves to pick 8th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

Continue Reading

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Minimized leg kick paying off for Albies

Minimized leg kick paying off for Albies

MIAMI -- While establishing himself as one of the top overall prospects, Ozzie Albies was reluctant to make the mechanical adjustments coaches told him he'd eventually need to make. But since arriving at the Major League level, the Braves' second baseman has reaped the benefits of willingly making what he considers to be a minor change.

Though a third-inning single accounted for his only hit during Saturday night's 10-2 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park, Albies certainly has reason to be encouraged by the results he has generated since he committed himself to remaining consistent with both his mechanics and approach.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sims chased early as Braves' skid reaches 6

Sims chased early as Braves' skid reaches 6

MIAMI -- With the focus on Giancarlo Stanton's quest for 60 home runs on Saturday night, the supporting cast stole the spotlight in the Marlins' 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

Dee Gordon collected three hits and scored twice, while Derek Dietrich belted a three-run homer and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne allowed just two runs in seven innings in Miami's third straight win over Atlanta. Miguel Rojas notched four hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

Continue Reading

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Legit' Gohara's prospects look promising

Hurler rose from Class A Advanced to impressing in Majors, including final start

'Legit' Gohara's prospects look promising

MIAMI -- As Luiz Gohara has spent the past month at the Major League level, he has provided reason to believe the trade that brought him to Atlanta might prove to be the most influential variable to the Braves' attempt to further distance themselves from the painful portion of their rebuild next year.

Gohara took advantage of a chance to once again flash his tremendous potential during Friday night's 6-5 loss to the Marlins. Making his final start of a season that began with him in Class A Advanced Florida's rotation, the CC Sabathia clone proved nearly flawless through five innings and then saw the value of his strong effort evaporate after he was given a chance to pitch the seventh inning.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey continues to weigh retirement

Dickey continues to weigh retirement

MIAMI -- Though R.A. Dickey's season is complete and he has not decided whether he will extend his career next year, the veteran knuckleballer strolled to right field at Marlins Park on Friday afternoon and took advantage of another opportunity to play catch with his Braves teammates.

"Even when there is nothing on the line, I love to work on my craft and see if I might pick up something in the last days of the season," Dickey said. "There might be a guy or two in the clubhouse that wants me to throw to them in the cage just to see what it's like to hit a knuckleball. You never know."

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves can't make 5-run lead stand up in Miami

Braves can't make 5-run lead stand up in Miami

MIAMI -- The quest for 60 home runs remains on hold for Giancarlo Stanton, but the slugger did provide an RBI single in a four-run seventh Friday night at Marlins Park. The big hit in the inning was Justin Bour's two-out, two-run single off lefty Sam Freeman that rallied the Marlins to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.

Battling back from a five-run deficit, the Marlins had run-scoring hits by Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Bour in the momentum-changing seventh.

Continue Reading

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran 'happy with the way I finished'

Right-hander's final outing of 2017 parallels up-and-down season

Teheran 'happy with the way I finished'

MIAMI -- Julio Teheran will likely never be considered a legitimate ace or one of baseball's elite pitchers. But over the final six weeks of this inconsistent and oft-frustrating season, the Braves right-hander once again proved he has a resilient spirit that should continue to benefit him throughout the remainder of his Major League career.

Teheran's bid to end on a good note evolved much like his season. Making his final start of the year during Thursday night's 7-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park, the Braves' hurler endured a rough patch and then produced a strong finish that enabled him to at least move toward the offseason in optimistic fashion.

Continue Reading

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

L. Adams homers, but bats stay cool vs. Fish

L. Adams homers, but bats stay cool vs. Fish

MIAMI -- After being in a mild home run dry spell, Giancarlo Stanton is now knocking on the door for 60 home runs.

Stanton smacked two home runs on Thursday, increasing his MLB-leading total to 59 in the Marlins' 7-1 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

Continue Reading

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Newcomb knows he can build off rookie season

Newcomb knows he can build off rookie season

NEW YORK -- As the Braves graduated the bulk of their young starting pitching to the Majors this season, it would be fair to say Sean Newcomb led that trend. Newcomb ended his rookie season almost the same way he started it, against the Mets, but with different results, as the left-hander took the loss in the Braves' 7-1 defeat at Citi Field on Wednesday.

Newcomb's final line included five innings of work and three earned runs with seven strikeouts and four walks. But the results from the start -- and the season in general -- pale in comparison to what the season meant to him -- a chance to prove he belonged in the big leagues.

Continue Reading

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Albies' three-hit game not enough vs. Mets

Albies' three-hit game not enough vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Although so many of the Mets' disappointments this summer revolved around injuries, a few of their players simply underachieved. One of those, Robert Gsellman, made sure to finish his rookie season in top form Wednesday, delivering six strong innings in a 7-1 win over the Braves at Citi Field.

Holding Atlanta to one run on an Ozzie Albies RBI single, Gsellman finished with a positive record of 8-7 despite his 5.19 ERA. On this night, he out-pitched Braves rookie Sean Newcomb, who allowed three runs in five innings.

Continue Reading

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andruw Jones takes swing at Golden Spike

|
Andruw Jones takes swing at Golden Spike

Been wondering what Andruw Jones and his sweet, sweet swing have been up to? Well, look no further. The Atlanta Braves great -- who first rose to prominence as 19-year-old in the 1996 World Series -- was back and swinging some lumber on Wednesday night in Atlanta. This time, as the Golden Spiker for MLS' Atlanta United. 

Continue Reading on Cut4

Inciarte into record books with 200th hit

Leadoff hitter becomes first Braves player to accomplish the feat since 1996

Inciarte into record books with 200th hit

NEW YORK -- Something about Citi Field brings out the best in Ender Inciarte.

With a double into the right-field corner to lead off Tuesday's 4-3 loss against the Mets, Inciarte became the fourth Braves player and first in 21 years to have 200 hits in one season. For good measure, he added two diving catches in center field, building off his show-stopping, game-saving robbery of Yoenis Cespedes to preserve a Braves victory just over a year ago.

Continue Reading

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peterson aiming to become a versatile option

Peterson aiming to become a versatile option

NEW YORK -- Jace Peterson's main focus is on the six remaining games of the 2017 season, but he is already aware of the areas he needs to work on during the offseason. The 27-year-old has recently been seeing more time in left field, and with a crowded middle infield, he knows his future may lie in the outfield.

"I haven't done it a lot, but I think it's been going good so far," Peterson said before Tuesday's game against the Mets of playing left field. "I feel comfortable out there and I think it's just a matter of continuing to go out there, take the reps, and take it into the offseason."

Continue Reading

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flowers, Suzuki a solid tandem behind the plate

Catchers have combined for 30 homers this season

Flowers, Suzuki a solid tandem behind the plate

NEW YORK -- Brian Snitker is well aware how fortunate he is to have a pair of catchers in Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki that have combined to be one of the most formidable offensive tandems behind the plate in all of baseball this season.

In between Atlanta's doubleheader against the Mets in Queens on Monday, which featured a 9-2 victory in Game 1 and a 3-2 loss in Game 2, the Braves' manager was informed that after Flowers' two-run home run, the duo had now combined for 30 home runs on the season.

Continue Reading

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves split DH after Game 2 loss to Mets

Braves split DH after Game 2 loss to Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets may be stumbling down the stretch of what is likely to be a fourth-place finish in the NL East, but two of September's bright spots continue to shine. Brandon Nimmo rapped out three hits Monday in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Citi Field, and Travis d'Arnaud drove home a pair in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Braves. Atlanta took the matinee, 9-2.

"It's huge to finish off this week strong, so we're headed off on the right foot for the start of next year," d'Arnaud said.

Continue Reading

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Monday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.