Evan Gattis' road to recovery from a back injury continued on Monday as he got in another workout at Single-A Rome. Now, Dave O'Brien of the AJC is reporting that this part of rehab is going well for Gattis and now he could start the next part (a rehab assignment) as soon as today, which means that Gattis is on track to return sometime shortly after the All-Star break.
Today's the day of the All-Star Game, which means that this is a lovely time to reflect back on the first half of this season, and our very own Harris Nye has done just that with this post ranking all of the Braves' players by WPA. You might be surprised who's bringing up the rear. You might also be disappointed to hear his opinion on the series finale of Breaking Bad. Or was that just me who was disappointed? Come on, bruh. That finale was television gold! But seriously, you should really check this post out if you missed it yesterday.
Another thing that makes the All-Star break nice is the fact that this gives the crew at Talking Chop a chance to rank the prospects on the farm and see how they've done thus far in the 2014 campaign. This post starts with the latter half of the list, as Dan Simpson starts the countdown with #25 (RF Edward Salcedo) and keeps going until #21 (I'm not telling you, you have to click the article to find out. Silly.).
The MLB Futures Game was on Sunday, and the Braves top positional prospect was invited to play. INF Jose Peraza made good on the opportunity to get some exposure by giving a solid performance which included a display of some downright blazing speed. Watch as he reaches on an infield single with a time of 4.06 seconds down the 1st base line:
For the 2nd year in a row, Yoenis Cespedes earned the tile of MLB Home Run Derby King. Cespedes hit 30 home runs during the duration of the competition, and joined '90s great Ken Griffey Jr. as the only men to win the Derby 2 years in a row.
Meanwhile, here's Yasiel Puig's performance. "Hot Mess" would be the best way to describe it.