February 12, 2015

Show #288: Our Interview with JJ Cooper of Baseball America

JJ Cooper of Baseball America discusses the overhaul of the Braves farm system.



9 Responses to “Show #288: Our Interview with JJ Cooper of Baseball America”

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    Tyler Says:

    I had a hard time understanding him.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    How about Kimbrel to the Dogers for Alex Verdugo and Kenley Jansen?

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    Steve Says:

    Not enough. Would want a couple of more high end prospects in that deal. Verdugo is intriguing, but very, very young. And Jansen is a big question mark with the surgery.

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    Curt Says:

    So BP has the rebuilt farm system at 19, which kind of sucks. Lots of potential a long way from being pro ready.


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    Anne Says:

    Sidebar: guys! I am going to Louisville this weekend. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Anybody been, and is it a must-see? I’ll probably do it anyway, just wanted to ask. Go Braves!

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    Tim in Orlando Says:

    Beautiful Day at the Park; Game Not So Much

    First Spring Training game of the year. Back to Champion Stadium. Great to see old friends around the stadium. Charlie the program vendor. Steve the usher. Sue and Ken. No big changes to the stadium except a big old sign in right-central field congratulating Smoltzy for his HOF selection and a big clock in left-center field counting down the time between innings. It starts at 2:25 after the inning ends and the pitcher is expected to pitch by the time its reaches zero. Didn’t really see any impact to the game. Most times the pitchers were ready to go, but to be honest, no one seemed to be paying attention to the clock.

    The game: Welcome to a Brave new world! I looked back into my scorebook to the first game of spring training last year. Of the ten starters (8 fielders + DH + pitcher) only TWO of today’s players started for us last year: Freddie Freeman & Chris Johnson. Sigh! From an offensive perspective, this game may be a foreshadowing of things to come. Only two runs scored. On the bright side, Eric Young, Jr. looked very good. Walked twice, stole 2B, made a great diving catch in center field. He is fast. Jace Peterson also had a good game with a double and two walks. Freddie laced a line drive single to right field and walked. A.J. Pierzynski had a single and an RBI. After that…. not much happened. We had only (?) four strike outs in the game, so that’s an improvement I guess.

    Defense looked OK. No errors. Two great catching in the outfield. Young’s and a great over the wall catch by Cedric Hunter to prevent a HR.

    Pitching……. Well, Luis Avilan had a good outing. 3 up – 3 down (our only one of the day). Three outfield fly balls. 9 pitches. As for the others: six walks, three hit by pitches, 14 hits including a 3-run HR, 8 K’s. Made for a really long, slow spring training game. So much for the big clock! Most spring games are under 3 hours. Both Wandy Rodriguez and Chein-Ming Wang wiggled out of bases-loaded jams. Wandy gave up one run, Wang none. Matt Capps gave up two runs to lose the lead 3-2 and Jose Veras was a disaster (2 BBs, 2 singles, 1 HR, 5 runs. 34 pitches in 2/3 inning.) He pretty much put the game out on reach when we fell behind 8-2.

    Oh well, like I said a beautiful day in the park. Big change from a week ago in my home town – Adairsville with snow!

    Next home game – Friday verses the dreaded Nats!

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    Curt Says:

    Tim – welcome back. We love your ST updates. Keep ’em coming.

    Anne – have fun on the trip

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    Tim in Orlando Says:

    What I Love & Hate About the 1st Week of Spring Training

    You get to see a lot of pitchers. Some of them are really…. aaaah, struggling.

    Nice day at the ball park. Overcast. Temps in the low 70’s. Comfortable. Glad to see the bats come alive, but oh that pitching. Loved the tweet about Uggla being the highest Braves payroll player on the field. Dan received a polite, but unenthusiastic welcome from the crowd. No booing. Cal Ripkin threw out the first pitch. Big gaggle of folks trying to get his autograph.

    Alex Wood (Go Dawgs!) looked sharp. 3 Up – 3 down in the 1st inning. But made two bad pitches in the 2nd – one Uggla laced into right field and one to Tyler Moore for long 2-run HR over the right-center field wall. His line: 2 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 K, 0 BB, 25 pitches. Josh Outman, Michael Kohn & Tyrell Jenkins pitches well – no runs allowed. Jason Grilli pitches OK – 1 run on three back-to-back singles. Then there was Juan Jamie. The Braves had just come back from trailing 0-3 to take a 4-3 lead and Jamie promptly gives up 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning. 3 walks, 2 singles and a based-loaded triple. And it could have been worse than that if not for a difficult catch by Cedric Hunter in right field and a runner thrown out trying to steal 2nd base by Braeden Schlehuber. A key at-bat in this sequence was Dan Uggla (yep, him again). Base-loaded with 2 outs, Braves in the lead. We need an out. Up steps Dan and Jamie walks him on 4 pitches to drive in the tying run. Aaaaagggggg! Yes, very grim. But the Braves stormed back to take an 8-7 lead. Then in came Arodys Vizcaino. He gives up 2 runs on a double , a walk, sac bunt (runners to 2nd & 3rd), then a wild pitch (1 run) , and a sac fly (1 run). Braves now trail 9-8 and that’s how we finished.

    For some good news, offensively we played well. 8 runs on 14 hits. 4 Strikeouts. Came from behind twice to take the lead. Eric Young, Jr. continues to impress. On base twice (BB & HP) and stolen base. He had a great at-bat in the 3rd inning. Although he eventually struck out, he forced the pitcher to throw 11 pitches. After his at-bat Peterson got a single, Freddie hit a double, and Gomes had a single. Did EY force Craig Stammen to run out of gas? Good games from Jace Peterson (2 singles, 2 runs scored), Freddie (double, HR, 3 RBI’s), Gomes (2 singles), Zoilo Almonte (2 singles) and Pedro Ciriaco (single, double & HR – was really rooting for a triple during his last at-bat, never seen the cycle.) However, there was one frustrating sequence. Braves leading by one. EY get on base by HP, steals 2nd, moves to 3rd on fly ball to center. Now, a fast runner on 3rd, 1 out. Joey Terdoslavich goes down on a called strike three (2 Outs), and Mallex Smith also called strike three (3 Outs.) Swing the bat, guard the plate! What really drives you crazy was the Nats scoring 2 runs on a wild pitch and sac fly to take the lead the very next half inning.

    Defense was good. No errors. Base runners thrown out at 2nd base and 3rd base.

    Another game against the Tigers at Champion Stadium tomorrow. Probably more pitching tryouts. Let’s hope for better quality and not just a large quantity.

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    Leah Says:

    Hellooooooooooo ABT!!! Let’s go Braves! Gotta catch up…been out of the loop but I’m pretty sure I agree with whatever Hamilton’s been saying. Whatever that is.

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