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Player Profile: Jordan Schafer

Posted by m1fournier on May 15, 2009

amd_schaferBorn in Hammond, Indiana on September 4, 1986, the newest Braves prospect to join the team is outfielder Jordan Schafer. The 23 year old youngster made his major league debut this year with Braves. Scahfer who according to Baseball America is the Braves 3rd best prospect.

Schafer was drafted by the Braves in 3rd round of the 2005 Major League draft, straight out of high school. In 2008 he was suspended for 50 games for ALLEGED HGH use, but he never tested positive. After the suspension was over Schafer was eventually name the Braves starting center fielder at the start of the 2009 season. In his first major league at bat Schafer belted a home run off  Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Brett Myers, becoming the 99th player in MLB history to accomplish this feat. Scahfer is a good combination of speed and power, and has very good defensive skills as well.

So far this season Schafer is batting 220, with 2 home runs, and 3 RBI, but he leading the league in strikeoutjordanschafers with 43 already. Schafer has looked good in the field, and the Braves are just waiting for his bat to come around to complete the package. This young player will be seeing consistent time, so look out for him as he improves at the plate.

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Player Profile: David Ross

Posted by m1fournier on May 11, 2009

ph_424325David Ross is the current backup catcher for the Atlanta Braves. He was born March 19, 1977 in Bainbridge, Georgia. Ross attended Auburn University, but later transfered in 1997 to the University of Florida, he is only a handful of players to have played in the College World Series with two different teams. He was drafted twice in the 7th round by the LA Dodgers,  but didn’t sign until the second time in 1998. He played with the Dodgers for 3 seasons before signing with Pittsburgh Pirates and then was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2005. Ross was then signed by the Cincinnati Reds, were he had his best years to date, and normally acted as the personal catcher for Bronson Arroyo.

After being released in 2008 by the Reds, he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox, and didn’t see major league playing time until the end of August. Later released by the Sox, he signed with the Braves were he is now and acts as Brian McCann’s backup. So far this season for the Braves he is batting 298 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s. Ross played very well for the Braves while Brian McCann was on the DL, but is now the backup once again. It’s good to see Ross make the most of his playing time. I know the Braves are very excited that they have such an affective backup in case something happens to McCann again.

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