I am getting worried about the Braves’ continued affection for AAA outfielders who can run but who can’t hit; apparently, Gwinnett is less a baseball team than a track club. The latest came yesterday:
To compensate for the lack of outfielders in Gwinnett, the Braves have signed Josh Anderson to a Minor League deal. Anderson hit .294 with three homers in the 40 games he played for Atlanta in 2008. The speedy outfielder has spent the past two years within the Tigers and Royals organizations.
Apparently, they’re not worried about the lack of outfielders who can hit in Gwinnett. Anderson can join a group that includes Matt Young (10 SB, 2 HR, .338 SLG) and is missing the huge impact bats of Brent Clevlen (3 SB, 1 HR, .376 SLG) and Gregor Blanco (8 SB, 1 HR, .375 SLG). Okay, they have Mitch Jones, who compensates for his 10 homers by never getting on base (.290 OBP).
This is nothing new; Jones already has more homers than any Gwinnett outfielder did last year. (Reid Gorecki hit nine, the same number as all-glove, no-hit catcher Clint “The Guinea Pig” Sammons.) That outfield did feature the Crab Man, Brian Barton (17 SB, .390 SLG) as well as Blanco, and Brandon “Peaked in AA” Jones (.419 SLG). The last Richmond team had Anderson, who stole 42 bases and hit four whole homers, and the legendary Carl Loadenthal, who stole nineteen bases and hit no homers. I could go on.
But I’ll stop. Hopefully, the Braves will stop too.