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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Braves - Claimed Bohn

Atlanta Braves - Claimed OF T.J. Bohn off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Bohn’s not good enough to start, but if you asked someone to fill in the stats of what they envision a 4th outfielder to be, the result will be a lot like that projection below.  Contrary to popular belief, statheads don’t think the minors are just bursting with unappreciated outfielders as good as Grady Sizemore, we feel there are a number of players betwen average and replacement level that should keep teams from signing Quinton McCracken or Bubba Crosby.  Bohn is one of those players.

2007 ZiPS Projection - T.J. Bohn
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          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Projection   391 52 104 22 1   9 45 27 84 11 .266 .320 .396
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Opt. (15%)  445 70 128 30 2 14 66 38 85 16 .288 .350 .458
Pes. (15%)  283 31   66 13 0   4 24 16 67   6 .233 .279 .322
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Dan Szymborski Posted: November 21, 2006 at 03:55 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zonk Posted: November 21, 2006 at 04:00 PM (#2242859)
So is it good news or bad news that we've got no Soriano write-up yet?

Still searching the thesaurus for synonyms for "disaster"? Don't blow 'em all -- the Pierre deal in LA awaits, too!
   2. Kyle S Posted: November 21, 2006 at 04:19 PM (#2242869)
Hmm. Good organizational guy to have, I guess. I wonder if this means anything about the likelihood of Andruw being traded; there's no room on the team for Bohn if Andruw, Francoeur, Langerhans, Diaz, Kelly Johnson, and Thorman are all on the roster, but if KJ moves to 2B and Andruw is shipped out, Bohn slides in as the 4th OF. I assume he's right handed?
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 21, 2006 at 05:16 PM (#2242924)
"I assume he's right handed?"

You are correct, sir.

Seems like a decent claim, since the have the roster space to spare.
   4. bookbook Posted: November 22, 2006 at 02:59 PM (#2243762)
When you're reduced to picking up players who weren't able to push aside the likes of Carl Everett and Willie Bloomquist for OF/DH at-bats...

Well, let's just say the dynasty days are bits of wistful nostalgia.
   5. Greg Franklin Posted: November 22, 2006 at 03:16 PM (#2243782)
About Bohn, I will say that he has luxuriantly Byrnesian blonde hair; he was on track to be a AAA lifer (age 27 in 2007); and in his short time with the Mariners, manager Mike Hargrove used him in a strict platoon with stathead fav Chris Snelling.

If he helps Atlanta eke out a win or two, it'll be gravy.
   6. Kyle S Posted: November 22, 2006 at 03:16 PM (#2243784)
I agree. It's sad that the Mariners "dynasty" (although that seems a tad much) is over when they play guys like Everett and Bloomquist instead of obviously superior candidates in their own system. I'm glad the Braves don't hesitate to give the boot to crappy players when someone in the organization could do their job better (e.g. Raul Mondesi, Brian Jordan, Johnny Estrada, etc).
   7. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: November 22, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#2243791)
I would think that both Diaz and Langerhans are available in trade. Neither is likely to bring anything alone, but as part of a package (with Ramirez, Hampton, Davies, James, or some other young arm) they could be attractive to other teams. Anyway, Bohn makes that type of deal much easier to do - Langerhans is a perfect fourth OF, so if you deal him, you need a replacement. Gregor Blanco (just added to the 40 man for no apparent reason) is NOT that replacement.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 22, 2006 at 09:42 PM (#2244300)
...in his short time with the Mariners, manager Mike Hargrove used him in a strict platoon with stathead fav Chris Snelling.

Bohn was used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Snelling. Of Bohn's 17 games played in right field, he started only two.
   9. Greg Franklin Posted: November 23, 2006 at 02:06 AM (#2244514)
The magic of BB-REF game logs is excellent. Bohn wasn't really a "defensive replacement," he came in as a PH whenever the opposition put in a LHP to face Snelling, then stayed in for defense after his plate appearance. He did this on Aug 22, 23, 25, Sep 8, 9, 15, 17, 21, 22, 27, accounting for well over half of his PAs.

On Sep 19, Hargrove unaccountably inserted Adam Jones in this situation, who unaccountably got a clutch hit. And then Bohn went in for defense in the next inning!
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 23, 2006 at 02:20 AM (#2244520)
meh
   11. akrasian Posted: November 23, 2006 at 03:45 AM (#2244552)
I wonder if this means anything about the likelihood of Andruw being traded;

I'd assume that the Braves just figured it was a good opportunity.

But with the way the free agent market for centerfielders has exploded, I'd assume that Andruw's trade value is soaring.
   12. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: November 24, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2245074)
Andruw Jones is not going anywhere yet. He wants to stay in Atlanta. Barring an unforseen development in the Braves sale, he won't be back in 2008, though.

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