Three Weeks Later…

Hello again Braves fans.  I’d like to apologize for the lengthy hiatus between blog entries.  It’s been a little hectic on this side of the world.  Minor League games began this week and the AAA team isn’t doing too well.

We all know this time of year is for getting ready to play the next six months, but it’s never any fun losing games.  We are 2-4 so far this spring, but our roster is far from complete.  With pitch counts and guys needing at bats these games are more about preparation than winning.  With that said, our roatation is looking better by the day (unfortunately). 

Tommy Hanson and Jo Jo Reyes got sent down to minor league camp today.  It’s definitely a bittersweet time of year when you start seeing your friends and former teammates come over from big league camp.  All of us on the minor league side were rooting for both of those guys.  We all know it’s only a matter of time til they’re back over there though.

As for me, my swing is feeling pretty good.  The hits aren’t falling as often as I would like, but it’s more important to get ready so that they fall in April.  The position change isn’t much of a change at this point.  I get my early work in at second base and take infield there after my outfield work, but I have yet to play a game there.  I feel like it’s another bullet in my holster and am happy where things are right now.

On an offensive note, Reid Gorecki (OF) is swinging the bat well so far in spring.  He has prbably been the most consistent hitter for us.  Joe Borchard (OF) is also swinging the bat with authority.  Coming off surgery he looks good at the plate right now.  Barbaro Canizares (1B) continues to rake down here.  He seems to be good for a hit a game.  It’s incredible how that guy hits!  The rest of us are up and down.  Nobody is really struggling & no one else is really on fire.  That’s the AAA offensive update. 

Thank you for all your comments.  I will do a better job of responding as the season progresses.  I’m still getting my feet wet with this blog.  I’ll also do my best to be more prompt with my next entry.

On a personal note, the New Mexico Lobos (my alma mater) are ranked 21 in the country!  Great job guys! Go Lobos! 

5 Comments

Hey Matt – don’t worry about it! You have a lot more important things to do! Good luck in camp!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Good luck this season, Kid. I’m SO stoked about this year and having the G Braves so close to home! This year it’ll be Rome games, Gwinnet games and of course Atlanta games! Woo hoo! Go Braves!!

Hey Matt- we still follow your success even after you left Rome. We are confident with your style of play-all out- and your speed and abilities you will make it to the big dance. Just got back from Orlando doing the Spring Training gig as we do every year but didn’t see you while there as AAA was traveling. Saw a bunch of the guys from Rome like Prado, Brandon Hicks, Escobar, Frenchy, McCann, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Brandon Jones, Schafer, Hanson, Jo Jo and others. So good to see so many of you guys doing so well that spent some magical times in Rome. Keep us posted as the season progresses.

Hi Matt,

We are so excited to be following your success in the pros. I had the privilege of being your coach when you were 12. Do you remember hitting two home runs in the same game from the lead-off position in the Plano City Championship ? It was obvious to all that you had extraordinary talent. My family now lives minutes from the new Gwinnett Stadium and we want to come see you play! Please let us know the dates that you think would be best for us to attend. Congratulations and keep up the great work.

Chuck Bentley
Coach/Thunder

The Braves look real good right now. I can smell the playoffs in the air.
http://darion.mlblogs.com/

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