ajc.com | Braves | Georgia native Branyan gets Braves invite

Russ Branyan has power. That’s pretty much it. But he has a lotof power. How to describe him… Take a lefthanded-hitting Wes Helms, subtract twenty points of batting average, but add in 30 points of isolated on-base and 60 points of isolated power. He has 70 homers in 1104 career ABs. For an NRI, it’s a good pickup, and he’s got an outside shot at sticking as a bench player who can sort-of-play the same positions — third, first, corner OF — that Wes Helms or Mike Hessman can.

He is completely not Bobby Cox’s type of player.

UPDATE: I somehow turned Branyan around in my mind into a righthanded hitter. He hits left. A Branyan/DeRosa platoon at third would be shaky defensively but produce a fair amount of offense. A Branyan/Hessman platoon could be really fun for everyone except Mike Hampton.