Grading this Season’s Signings

I am going to give a personal grade for the players the Braves have gotten so far this Offseason.

Javier Vazquez

He has been a great workhorse and can strikeout tons of people. He had 200 K’s last year and had a ERA of 4.67 over 208.1 innings. The ERA isn’t great, but I sure love the innings he pitched. Considering how every pitcher we had was injured, having a non-injury prone guy pitching will be great. We REALLY need that. Obviously this guy is not our ace, but he is a very good player  and has the veteran presences that we needed more of. He should be better than he was last season going into the NL. This guy is very good and a great pickup.     
Grade: A

Boone Logan
Ok this guy isn’t great, but he can be an option we can look for in the bullpen. Hopefully an NL move will help him, but it won’t be a huge difference. He had a not-so-good ERA of 5.95 and a WHIP of 1.68 and got sent to the minors with the ChiSox. Hopefully he can turn around and have a consistent season, but I doubt it. He might have an ERA under 5, but I still see him staying inconstant.
Boone Logan by RikinIllinois.
Grade: C-

David Ross
is a decent pickup. We needed a new backup catcher BADLY! When your two backups combine to hit less than .175, you have to make some kind of move. Ross hit .225 with 3 HR’s, which happened to be 1 HR more than our backups hit COMBINED. Well anyway, he’s pretty good and can really give us a better chance of winning when McCann is taking a day off. It is also good because he is a Georgia boy. I can see him getting some good playing time during interleague games.

  David Ross Hitting by dslrnovice.
Grade: B-

Eric O’Flaherty
I don’t really know much about this guy, although he was picked up from waivers after giving up 15 runs over 6.2 innings. He can maybe turn around, but he has to first win a spot during Spring Training. We will see how that goes.

Eric O'Flaherty getting the signal by BTats.
Grade: C

Greg Norton
We saw last year how good he did, so it’s no surprise he’s back here. Glad he’s back and I hope he can still have that .300 pinch-hitting average he had last year. He can play OF and 1st base AND he is a switch hitter. You can expect him to make a lot of late-innings appearances. He’s old, but he’s still good.
Greg Norton by The Suss-Man.
Grade: B+

Kenshin Kawakami

Since he did come from Japan, we can not automatically say he is going to be as good as his Japanese numbers were, but I can say that he will be a solid player and can help us. He is a great player and he won’t be a bust.            

Grade: A-

Derek Lowe
This is was a major signing. We needed an ace, and he can match that. A workhorse and a great guy. This, as of now, was the signing of our offseason. He had a 3.24 ERA and over 211 innings pitched. Oh did I mention he has over 75 saves as well as over 100 wins? He has what we need.
Derek Lowe by NJ Baseball.

Grade: A+

Overall grade for Atlanta: A



  1. Darion

    Well the Braves haven’t gotten much better and are not in contention for the NL East title yet, but we should be better than last year. Javy should hep a lot and we won’t have Corky Miller or Clint Sammons to strikeout every time. Jurjjens should be better and so should Campillo, Anderson, and Morton since last year was their rookie year. The Marlins are having their annual fire sale so we should AT LEAST finish 3rd. The Phillies haven’t gotten much stronger since they lost Burrell and a couple of others (Utley out for a couple of months) but the Mets surely have. If they don’t choke at the end, they will win the division. That’s coming from a Braves fan.

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