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Braves | Eric Young turning heads

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:09:14 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. has been impressive in the first week of spring training workouts with his ability, conditioning and work habits. Beat writer David O'Brien thinks Young might be the favorite for opening day in center field.

Fantasy Tip: If Young is able to win the starting center field job he would obviously be a decent FantasyScore option, especially for his speed potential. Just don't expect much in the way of power.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Eury Perez to start in CF for ATL?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:29:18 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eury Perez is the early favorite to start in center field to begin the year with OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) likely sidelined until at least May 1, in the opinion of MLB.com's Mark Bowman

Fantasy Tip: Perez tallied just 10 plate appearances in the majors last season, and he isn't an impact player in standard leagues. That said, he's bested 20 stolen bases in the minors each of the past five seasons and could be a cheap stolen base source to start the year for NL-only gamers.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman


Braves | Melvin Upton could be out until May

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:20:08 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is expected to be sidelined until at least May 1.

Fantasy Tip: Upton was little more than a late-round flier in large mixed leagues prior to this prognosis due to consecutive poor seasons. Now, he can be bypassed entirely in standard league drafts. His injury will provide NL-only gamers a discount for his power and speed combo, but his batting average projects to be a drag in the low-.200s. Those in really deep mixed leagues might want to also draft and stash him in a DL spot.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman


Braves | Melvin Upton has sesamoiditis

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:17 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr.'s (foot) MRI exam Friday, Feb. 27, revealed sesamoiditis, or inflammation in the bone behind the ball of the left foot. He'll be in a short-leg cast for two weeks and a walking boot for roughly four to six weeks. Upton will miss most of spring training and is expected to start baseball activities in early April. OFs Todd Cunningham, Eury Perez and Zoilo Almonte are the likely candidates to fill in in center field with Upton out.

Fantasy Tip: Although Upton's batting average tanked the last two years, he was still a sleeper candidate at the end of mixed drafts for his stolen base abilities. That won't be the case now, as he could miss the first month of the season. Don't forget about Eric Young Jr. figuring into the outfield mix, at least as a platoon candidate. He or Almonte will likely be your best fantasy bets in Upton's absence, but their main value will come in NL-only leagues.

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Braves | Melvin Upton likely to miss spring training

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:57 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is expected to miss spring training, as he will be in a cast for two weeks and then a walking boot for another four to six weeks.

Fantasy Tip: Upton has been arguably the worst everyday player in baseball the past two seasons, so this is another hit to his underwhelming fantasy stock. He has power-speed upside, but he has hit just .198 through 910 at-bats over the past two seasons. He is not worth drafting in the majority of mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Andrelton Simmons fine

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:09:51 -0800

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing Friday, Feb. 27, and "dry swings." His oblique injury doesn't look like it will keep him out of action for very long.

Fantasy Tip: Simmons is a defensive star in the league. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much going for him at the dish, especially after he hit 10 fewer home runs in 2014 than he did the year prior. And he doesn't run very much at all, either, meaning he's a late-round flier at the position in the hope that he can rebound some from his overcorrection in 2014.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Melvin Upton has toe injury

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:08:29 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (toe) is dealing with an injury to his toe, and he's heading for X-rays.

Fantasy Tip: Upton is a deep sleeper in mixed league drafts, mainly for his stolen base contributions. You know he'll be a thorn in your side in the batting average department, as he's posted BAs of just .208 and .184 in the last two years. Monitor his toe injury.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Craig Kimbrel throwing changeup

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:17:24 -0800

Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel throws a changeup during spring training every year. He said it helps with his arm slot extension and it prevents taxing his arm with too many curveballs.

Fantasy Tip: Kimbrel will likely be overshadowed by Aroldis Chapman in the relief pitcher market. Kimbrel is about as safe of a reliever as you can find, considering Chapman has dealt with injuries of late. Look for Kimbrel after the first few rounds pass.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman


Braves | Jose Pereza among Braves' options at 2B

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:33:28 -0800

Atlanta Braves 2B Jose Peraza, 2B Alberto Callaspo, 2B Phil Gosselin, SS Jace Peterson and 3B Kelly Johnson are all part of a "wide open" competition for the starting second base job, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday, Feb. 26.

Fantasy Tip: Peraza is the Braves' top-ranked prospect, and whether or not he wins the starting gig out of Spring Training, he is probably worth stashing, especially in NL-only leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman


Braves | Manager likes the speed Eric Young brings

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:15:09 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. received praise from manager Fredi Gonzalez Thursday, Feb. 26. Gonzalez noted Young brings a speed dynamic the team has lacked in recent years.

Fantasy Tip: Young stole 30 bases with just 316 plate appearances last season, and he had 46 swipes in 2013, when he played in 148 games. He shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a one-trick pony, but in the later rounds of mixed drafts, Young is a viable speed target.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Craig Kimbrel unveils changeup

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:43:38 -0800

Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel threw a couple changeups as he faced hitters Thursday, Feb. 26. Manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested that Kimbrel might just be tinkering with the pitch, and he's unsure how much Kimbrel might use the offering when games start. Kimbrel has posted a 1.43 ERA with 476 strikeouts in 289 innings in four-plus years.

Fantasy Tip: The thought of arguably the most dominant and nasty closer in baseball adding a new pitch to keep hitters confused and off-balance is scary. But with the pitch being new, it's unclear how much he'll even feature it or how successful it'll be. As an established K artist, there's justification in reaching for Kimbrel in the earlier rounds of drafts to boost you over the competition in the K category.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Andrelton Simmons limited early

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:08:12 -0800

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (oblique) will not throw in the early days of camp due to a sore oblique. The team hopes he'll be ready in a week.

Fantasy Tip: The injury isn't serious, but Simmons took a step backwards in his second full season last year. He has hit .248 and .244 in his two seasons, and he hit just seven homers after his promising 17-homer campaign in 2013. At this stage, he's a low-end SS and a player with upside for your MI spot.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Mark Bowman


Braves | Nick Markakis won't rush back

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:23:01 -0800

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) won't play in spring games next week and is unsure if he'll be ready for opening day after having fusion surgery for a herniated disc in his neck Dec. 17. He was cleared to increase his physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24, however. "Opening day is a goal," Markakis said. "Neck surgery is pretty serious so you don't want to rush it. I will have six weeks to do my thing and try to get ready for opening day." Manager Fredi Gonzalez is optimistic that Markakis will be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis has been a pretty durable player in his career, but neck fusion surgery is pretty serious. After two straight years of a drop in offensive production, Markakis suddenly is a pretty boring fantasy outfield bat, especially with the move to the National League and a pitcher's park.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Nick Markakis expected to be ready

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:53:41 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) could be playing in spring games a week into the schedule, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is expecting Markakis to be ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: At age 31, we basically know what we'll get from Markakis these days. Double-digit home runs with a respectable batting average and a handful of stolen bases. Complicating things this year is the fact that he's injured and has moved the National League in a pitcher-friendly park. That doesn't make him very intriguing at all. Markakis does nothing more than fill out your outfield depth at the tail end of drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien


Braves | Nick Markakis may miss opener

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:04:14 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (neck) may not be ready for the season opener. He was cleared to increase physical activity Tuesday, Feb. 24. Markakis said he's not going to rush back.

Fantasy Tip: He still has six weeks and should have plenty of time to get in game shape. Markakis shifting to a pitchers' park on a weaker offense makes him a low-upside OF4 or OF5.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham


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Atlanta Braves Player News

Almonte Zoilo OF
Anderson Josh OF
Avilan Luis RP
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Beato Pedro RP
Bello Yenier C
Benson Joe OF
Bernard Miguel C
Bethancourt Christian C
Bolivar Luis SS
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Briceno Jose C
Brigham Jake SP
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Buck John C
Bullock Billy P
Butcher Ryan RP
Callaspo Alberto 2B
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Capps Matt RP
Carpenter David L. RP
Cedeno Juan P
Ciriaco Pedro SS
Clark Doug OF
Coffey Todd RP
Colyer Steve RP
Constanza Jose OF
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Cunningham Todd OF
Curtis Daniel P
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Dennick Ryan P
Doumit Ryan C
Elkerson Mike OF
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fish Robert P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Flores Jesus C
Foltynewicz Mike P
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Freeman Freddie 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomes Jonny OF
Gomez Yasser OF
Gosselin Phil 2B
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
Henry Sean OF
Heredia Jairo P
Hernandez Buddy P
Hiller William OF
Hodges Daniel P
Holt J.C. 2B
Hubbard Mike C
Hughes Dusty RP
Hunter Cedric OF
Hursh Jason P
Jackson Justin SP
Jaime Juan RP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson Chris 3B
Johnson Jim RP
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Johnson Kelly 3B
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelton David OF
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Craig RP
Kimbrel Matt P
Kohn Michael RP
Kurcz Aaron P
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Cody SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
Maya Yunesky SP
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCurry Cole P
Mendez Carlos C
Miller Shelby SP
Minor Mike SP
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Noboa Michael 2B
O'Dowd Chris C
Outman Josh RP
Paiml Greg INF
Parr James SP
Pastornicky Tyler 2B
Peraza Jose SS
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Eury OF
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace SS
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
Reyes Jorge P
Reynolds Mikey 2B
Rice Jason P
Richards Glen P
Ridgway Jeff RP
Robinson Andrew P
Rodriguez Geraldo INF
Rodriguez Manuel 1B
Rodriguez Wandy SP
Roman Milton P
Rondon Francisco P
Ruiz Rio 3B
Russell James RP
Sanchez Alejandro INF
Sanchez Ricardo SP
Sborz Jay P
Scalamandre Rich RP
Scarpetta Cody P
Schlehuber Braeden C
Schrader Clay RP
Schreiber Zach P
Schuerholz Jonathan 2B
Septimo Leyson P
Shehan Christopher OF
Silvestre Alvaro P
Simmons Andrelton SS
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas P
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Spina Michael 1B
Stults Eric SP
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terdoslavich Joey OF
Terveen Bryce C
Thomas Ian P
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Upton Jr. Melvin OF
Veal Donnie RP
Velazquez Juan INF
Veras Jose RP
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
Wang Chien-Ming SP
Weglarz Nick OF
White Dean SS
Williamson Fabian P
Wilson Ross 2B
Winkler Daniel SP
Wood Alex SP
Yepez Jose C
Young Jr. Eric OF

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John TO
Glavine Tom TO
Gonzalez Fredi MAN
Hart John TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
Snitker Brian TO
Tosca Carlos TO

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