June 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
It was this week, two years ago that it all began – the craziest stretch in Frank Wren’s tenure at the top. 10 transactions were made in just a six day span which would change the state of the organization for years to come. It would be a waste of my time to cover all of them, especially the Gregor Blanco call-up, but here’s how we got to where we are today.
Jordan Schafer optioned to Gwinnett Braves.
Every Braves fan remembers Schafer’s first at bat – a home run at Citizens Bank Park on Opening Night. It was the worst at bat of his young career, because for the next two months, Schafer attempted to be something that he wasn’t – a power hitter. Through the first two months of the season, the skinny center fielder posted a .204/.313/.287 line. Little did Schafer know, he wouldn’t return to Atlanta for another two years.
Atlanta Braves released Tom Glavine.
I’ve never spoken to Frank Wren, but I’d imagine that was one of the most difficult moves that he’s made. Getting rid of a fan favorite/300 game winner/franchise player/tremendous clubhouse presence is never easy. The Braves were short on starters following the 2007 season, signing Glavine to a one-year, $8 million contract. Due to multiple DL stints, he only managed 13 sub-par starts, finishing the year with a 5.54 ERA. In 2009, he signed for a few million dollars, beginning the season in the minors to rehab from shoulder surgery before being released while with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Atlanta Braves traded Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Nate McLouth.
I’ll admit it – I was pumped when this news broke. The Braves traded away two decent prospects and a poor excuse for a pitcher in Morton for an All-Star center fielder that would fill in for Schafer. Today, Locke is in Double-A Altoona, sporting a 5.33 ERA. Hernandez, the most coveted player in the deal, is hitting .258/.333/.320 in Triple-A, yet Morton appears to have figured it out in Pittsburgh. Through 68 IP, he’s tallied a 2.51 ERA, 3.82 xFIP, and 1.1 WAR. Although McLouth has been rather lackluster in each of the past two seasons, it’s not like the Braves gave up a pot of gold.
Atlanta Braves called up Tommy Hanson from Gwinnett Braves.
As soon as Glavine was released, it was made aware that top prospect Tommy Hanson would be promoted to join the rotation for years to come. I’d say it was the right choice. In 66 career starts, Hanson has posted the following numbers: 8.07 K/9, 2.80 BB/9, 3.10 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 3.78 xFIP, and 8.3 WAR. That’s pretty good for any pitcher’s first two seasons in “The Bigs.”
Atlanta Braves placed Casey Kotchman on the 15-Day disabled list.
Thank goodness he’s gone.
The MLB Draft started on the 11th. More on this years down the road.
- Jordan Schafer is starting in center field for an injured Nate McLouth.
- Tom Glavine is doing color commentary.
- It appears that neither Gorkys Hernandez nor Jeff Locke will ever make it to their arbitration years.
- Tommy Hanson went six strong innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while stirking out four.
- Casey Kotchman is doing well. Darn.
I’d like to think that it’s not worth my time to discuss Gregor Blanco, Briant Barton, or Jorge Campillo, but if you feel so inclined, feel free to do so in the comments.