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2016 Braves Minor Leagues and Prospects Thread

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38 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

I dont want to see him rushed but he couldnt be much worse than what we have at the C position right now. We have to find some kind of suitable stopgap this winter.

Flowers was signed to a 2 year contract. Flowers is decent.

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Rome RHP Chad Sobotka was placed on the 7-day DL. LHP Oriel Caicedo was assigned to Rome from extended spring training.

 

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Yesterday's minor league action:

Rome 2, Augusta 9

LHP Ricardo Sanchez looked sharp through three innings, but the wheels came off in the fourth after a lead-off Dillon Dobson triple, a walk, and a couple of soft singles put 3 up on the board for Augusta. The Rome bats could string together hits, though CF Ronald Acuna and C Jonathan Morales each had two hits. Morales has a 4-game hitting streak to start the season.

Carolina 5, Salem 0 (Game 1, 11 innings)

On doubleheader days in the minors, teams typically only play 7 innings each game, but Carolina and Salem stayed locked in a scoreless tie until Carolina erupted for 5 runs in the top of the 11th. RHP Max Povse was dominant in his first outing since getting injured on July 20 last season, going 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO. RHPs Evan Phillips (3 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) and Raymar Navarro (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) completed the shut-out. The five-run 11th started with a 1-out walk by OF Stephen Gaylor, a single by OF Joseph Daris, an HBP to OF Keith Curcio, a single by 2B Reed Harper to score two, a two-run double by SS Dansby Swanson, and a sac fly by 3B Jordan Edgerton.

Carolina 4, Salem 5 (Game 2, 7 innings)

RHP Ryan Clark skipped Class A to make his full-season debut against a team widely regarded as the best offensive team in the minors. Against that background, his 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 SO probably can be seen as a reasonable effort, in a game that he pitched all himself to save the bullpen. SS Dansby Swanson and RF Braxton Davidson each collected two hits. Swanson also stole a base; Davidson committed a fielding error, but made up for it by nailing the runner at second base.

Mississippi 2, Pensacola 2

RHP Rob Whalen returned to the mound for the first time since last August, going 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 SO. The Braves could only get 5 hits off Wahoo pitchers, including 2 hits each by C Willians Astudillo and RF Matt Lipka, who is hitting .350 in the young season.

Gwinnett 4, Norfolk 9

OF Mallex Smith was a late scratch when word came of his likely promotion to Atlanta. RHP Tyler Jenkins had a difficult time commanding the strikezone and only lasted 3 innings, allowing 3 H, 2 R, walking 5, and striking out 4. LHP Ian Krol didn't really help consideration for promotion by allowing 2 hits in one inning of work. Both baserunners were allowed to score by RHP Madison Younginer, who allowed 4 more runs himself. C Ryan Lavarnway and SS Daniel Castro each had two hits each.

Tonight's scheduled starters are RHP Casey Kelly (GWI), RHP Zach Quintana (CAR), and RHP Touki Toussaint (ROM). Mississippi played an afternoon game and lost 5-1.

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The org got swept yesterday, but there were some strong individual performances to hang your hat on.

Rome vs. Colombia, PPD (rescheduled for doubleheader tonight)

Carolina 4, Wilmington 6

The Blue Rocks jumped on spot starter RHP Zach Quintana for 2 runs in the 1st inning and never really let up. SS Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Swanson now has 4 doubles on the season versus 3 strikeouts, and is batting .333/.391/.524 after five games. 1B Joey Meneses also had two hits for the 'Cats. Defense was shaky all night though, as OF Joseph Daris, Quintana, 2B Omar Obregon, and C Tanner Murphy each recorded an error, leading to 2 unearned runs. 

Mississippi 1, Pensacola 5

The Braves and Blue Wahoos wrapped up their opening five-game series with a rain-soaked afternoon tilt that featured three delays totaling 2:25. Starting RHP Brandon Barker didn't let it phase him, going 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, and 4 SO in a very solid 2016 debut. RHP Stephen Janas didn't have it in relief through, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while only getting 5 outs. The Braves only tallied 5 hits on the day, with SS Ozzie Albies going 1-for-4 with a double and run scored to extend a modest hitting streak to 4 games.

Gwinnett 5, Durham 6 (11 innings)

Gwinnett came back after a 4-run deficit after three innnings, then took the lead in the top of the 11th on 1B Matt Tuiasosopo's second HR of the game, but the Bulls rallied in the bottom of the 11th, scoring 2 off RHP David Peterson to walk off the win. Starting RHP Casey Kelly went 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 SO in an inconsistent outing, but RHP Ryan Weber held the game close with four strong innings of 2-hit relief. Tuiasosopo was 3-for-5 with 2 HR, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI. CF Chase d'Arnaud, LF Tyler Moore, C Ryan Lavarnway, and 3B Rio Ruiz all notched 2-hit games for Gwinnett. Ruiz now has a 4-game hitting streak, though he is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the season.

Tonight's scheduled pitchers include RHP Touki Toussaint (ROM Game 1), RHP Enderson Franco (CAR), RHP Lucas Sims (MIS), and RHP John Gant (GWI). No starter has been announced for Rome's Game 2.

If you happen to live in the Atlanta area and are looking for something to do and the thought of watching the Atlanta Braves fills you with dread, Rome is running a two-for-one ticket promotion tonight, and the tickets are good for both ends of the doubleheader. First game is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Minor league doubleheaders also only go for 7 inning each, so the games should each play in under 2 hours, assuming no extra innings.

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12 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Really hoping Swanson continues to play strong. Id love to see Albies and Swanson manning the middle in September.

Given the strength of Coppollella's statements on Twitter the other day, I now firmly believe that Swanson, Albies, Smith, Blair, Newcomb, Sims, and maybe Ruiz will all be in Atlanta before the end of the season and will open the stadium in 2017, barring unforeseen complications.

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1 hour ago, K26dp said:

Given the strength of Coppollella's statements on Twitter the other day, I now firmly believe that Swanson, Albies, Smith, Blair, Newcomb, Sims, and maybe Ruiz will all be in Atlanta before the end of the season and will open the stadium in 2017, barring unforeseen complications.

Exactly. I'm thinking that we'll be major sellers at the deadline and then August and September will belong to the kids. That is why I have maintained all along that we'll start seeing positive results of all these trades before the end of the season but 2017 will be the year we start the upward trend and that by 2018 we'll be really good.

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7 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Exactly. I'm thinking that we'll be major sellers at the deadline and then August and September will belong to the kids. That is why I have maintained all along that we'll start seeing positive results of all these trades before the end of the season but 2017 will be the year we start the upward trend and that by 2018 we'll be really good.

It will be interesting to see who they sell. There isn't enough room in the OF for Markakis, Inciarte, Olivera, and Smith plus 3B is a potential logjam between Garcia, Olivera (if they decide to move him back there), and Ruiz with Riley coming up in a few years.

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14 minutes ago, Psychic Gibbon said:

It will be interesting to see who they sell. There isn't enough room in the OF for Markakis, Inciarte, Olivera, and Smith plus 3B is a potential logjam between Garcia, Olivera (if they decide to move him back there), and Ruiz with Riley coming up in a few years.

Hector Olivera is 31 years old. He's not in the Braves long-term plans. That trade still doesn't make a lick of sense especially considering Olivera has yet to prove he can hit MLB pitching.

Adonis Garcia is 30 years old. He's not in the Braves long-term plans.

Nick Markakis is 32 years old. He's not in the Braves long-term plans.

So those are 3 guys the Braves really don't have to worry about finding a spot for because they're not in the Braves long-term plans because of their age.

Inciarte and Smith are long-term pieces as is Riley. Rio Ruiz is a guy we'll have to wait and see about. But long-term I believe this is what the Braves are potentially looking at,

  • C - Who knows? Lucas Herbert is a long way away so we need to find a decent stop gap until he's ready. We probably won't see Herbert until 2019 or 2020 because catchers take longer to develop.
  • 1B - Freddie Freeman
  • 2B - Dansby Swanson - I'm putting Swanson here because I believe the Braves are leaning towards Albies being the SS because I believe he has more range than Swanson.
  • 3B - Austin Riley
  • SS - Ozzie Albies
  • LF - Ender Inciarte
  • CF - Mallex Smith
  • RF - Braxton Davidson

That is the lineup I believe the Braves are hoping to see at some point in the future (2019 or 2020). Of course things could change drastically but at least that is the way it is projected out right now. We could have 5 of those pieces in place by the end of this season. That's exciting. Very exciting.

You look at where all those guys were drafted at and they're all extremely high picks expect for Inciarte and Albies (who were both signed as international free agents.)

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You're right. I don't see them putting Smith in CF with a healthy Enciarte on the roster. I also don't see Enciarte being a Brave come that time either. He could very well be traded this summer or in the offseason if both he and Smith perform well. As for that lineup that 567 posted, I would have to imagine that we will see one or two guys coming in from other trades to add some power to the lineup, as you've got quite a few guys who are similar hitters with little power. 

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19 minutes ago, ATLBrave said:

You're right. I don't see them putting Smith in CF with a healthy Enciarte on the roster. I also don't see Enciarte being a Brave come that time either. He could very well be traded this summer or in the offseason if both he and Smith perform well. As for that lineup that 567 posted, I would have to imagine that we will see one or two guys coming in from other trades to add some power to the lineup, as you've got quite a few guys who are similar hitters with little power. 

And you're right about the power thing and Coppy addressed that by saying the Braves biggest two needs were a long-term catcher and power bat. Freeman, Riley and Davidson are the only 3 there that are considered power bats. The rest are on base speed guys.

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Recent minor league transactions:

Carolina: IF Luis Valenzuela, RHP Britt Robertshaw, C Sal Giardina, and RHP Tyler Brosius have all been assigned to Carolina from extended spring training. All of them were immediately added to the DL.

Mississippi: LHP Trevor Belicek was promoted to AA Mississippi all the way up from Rome.

Rome: LHP Jon Kennedy was assigned to Rome from extended spring training. Kennedy is an international free agent signing out of Australia. LHP Chris Diaz, RHP Josh Graham, LHP Alex Minter, 2B Kurt Hoekstra, and OF Leudys Baez were assigned to Rome from extended spring training, and all of them were immediately added to the DL.

C Kevin Reiher, 3B Franklin Azuaje, IF J.J. Franco, and IF Barrett Kleinknect were released. Klienknect has been a popular player in the minors, and has already been added to the coaching staff of the Carolina Mudcats.

LHP Brady Feigl was placed on the Gwinnett DL.

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Yesterday's minor league actions:

Rome 1, Colombia 3 (Game 1)

RHP Touki Toussaint was shaky (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 SO) and the Braves could only muster 5 hits off Firefly pitching. The bright spot for Rome was the relief work of RHP Caleb Beech, who was dominating in his second appearance this season, going 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, and 1 SO in relief. C Lucas Herbert went 2-for-3 with a double and hit the ball hard in each of his plate appearances, missing a HR by only a few feet. 3B Austin Riley doubled. DH Jonathan Morales did not get a hit in the game for the first time this season.

Rome 2, Colombia 3 (Game 2)

The Braves couldn't capitalize on a strong start by RHP Mike Soroka (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO). RHP Matt Custred was wild in relief, walking two without getting an out; RHP Taylor Lewis allowed both of those runners to score as well as one himself. Rome was again largely stymied by Firefly pitching, only getting 5 hits. Two of those hits were by C Jonathan Morales, and 3B Austin Riley his his (and Rome's) first HR of the season, a two-run shot that also scored CF Ronald Acuna.

Carolina 15, Wilmington 4

Carolina roared back from a 3-0 deficit with a 5-run 5th inning, a 4-run 6th, and another 5-run 7th. SS Dansby Swanson went 3-for-4 with 2 walks and a double, scoring 3 times; CF Keith Curcio went 3-for-6 and knocked in 4, DH Jordan Edgerton had been scuffling to start the season, but came up big going 3-for-5 with a double ad 4 RBI. RHP Enderson Franco was not good in his second start of the season, but was at least better than in his disasterous first start, going 4.1 IP. 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 SO. LHPs Zack Bird and Sean McLaughlin finished the game with a combined 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 SO.

Swanson is now hitting .400/.483/.600 in his first six games.

Mississippi 2, Montgomery 7

Errors by 1B Levi Hyams and RF Jordy Lara contributed to 5 unearned runs, while starting RHP Lucas Sims (4 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO) allowed more than 1 earned run for the first time in 7 starts. LHP Trevor Belicek, fresh off a promotion from Class A Rome, was strong in relief however, going 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. C Willians Astudillo and LF Dustin Peterson each had two hits, with Peterson hitting a double and now slashing .348/.444/.478 on the young season. SS Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Gwinnett 6, Durham 5 (10 innings)

The Braves and the Bulls had to take it to extras for the second night in a row, but the Braves prevailed this time, thanks to a groundout by DH Brandon Snyder that scored LF Matt Tuiasosopo from 3rd. RHP John Gant made his first start for Gwinnett and went 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. SS Daniel Castro, 2B Reid Brignac, 1B Tyler Moore, 3B Ronnier Mustelier each had two hits for Gwinnett.

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All of the minor league affiliates had afternoon games today. Good starting pitching was the theme of the day.

Rome 2, Colombia 3

Rome's hitting doldrums continue as the Braves waste a solid outing by RHP Patrick Weigel (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 SO). Australian LHP Jon Kennedy made his Braves debut with a hitless inning of work. CF Ronald Acuna went 1-for-4 but made the most of his time on base by stealing second and third base. LF Justin Ellison went 2-for-3 with a double, Rome's only extra base hit.

Carolina 3, Wilmington 1

Carolina capped off their opening road trip getting a strong start from LHP Ryan Lawlor (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 SO) and timely hitting by RF Braxton Davidson (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 runs scored). Utilityman Ryan Gebhardt started at third base and responded with a 3-for-4 day. LF Joseph Daris and 2B Omar Obregon each had two hits. SS Dansby Swanson went 1-for-4 to lower his batting average to .379. Carolina makes their home opener tomorrow against Myrtle Beach.

Mississippi 2, Montgomery 3

Biscuit hurler Jacob Faria tossed 7 innings of 2-hit ball and RHP Mauricio Cabrera couldn't maintain a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 9th to give Montgomery a walk-off win. RHP Chris Ellis was solid in his second start of the season (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 SO). The Braves only collected 4 hits on the day, one of which was tallied to SS Ozzie Albies, runing his hitting streak to 6 games.

Gwinnett 6, Durham 2

RHP Mike Foltynewicz was dominating (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO) in his second start of the season and the Braves scored early and often, starting with a solo HR in the 1st by SS Sean Kazmar, who was pressed into service as SS Daniel Castro was a late scratch when he was recalled to Atlanta. CF Emilio Bonifacio, 2B Reid Brignac, 3B Rio Ruiz, and LF Brandon Snyder each had multi-hit games. For Ruiz, the hits included a double and he's now slashing .318/.423/.409 after six games. Gwinnett's opens their home schedule against Norfolk tomorrow night.

It's big prospect day tomorrow as the probable pitchers are LHP Max Fried (ROM), RHP Matt Withrow (CAR), LHP Sean Newcomb (MIS), and RHP Aaron Blair (GWI).

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MIssissippi OF Connor Lien underwent surgery today according to his Twitter feed, presumably for his injured wrist.

 

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1 hour ago, K26dp said:

All of the minor league affiliates had afternoon games today. Good starting pitching was the theme of the day.

Rome 2, Colombia 3

Rome's hitting doldrums continue as the Braves waste a solid outing by RHP Patrick Weigel (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 SO). Australian LHP Jon Kennedy made his Braves debut with a hitless inning of work. CF Ronald Acuna went 1-for-4 but made the most of his time on base by stealing second and third base. LF Justin Ellison went 2-for-3 with a double, Rome's only extra base hit.

Carolina 3, Wilmington 1

Carolina capped off their opening road trip getting a strong start from LHP Ryan Lawlor (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 SO) and timely hitting by RF Braxton Davidson (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 runs scored). Utilityman Ryan Gebhardt started at third base and responded with a 3-for-4 day. LF Joseph Daris and 2B Omar Obregon each had two hits. SS Dansby Swanson went 1-for-4 to lower his batting average to .379. Carolina makes their home opener tomorrow against Myrtle Beach.

Mississippi 2, Montgomery 3

Biscuit hurler Jacob Faria tossed 7 innings of 2-hit ball and RHP Mauricio Cabrera couldn't maintain a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 9th to give Montgomery a walk-off win. RHP Chris Ellis was solid in his second start of the season (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 SO). The Braves only collected 4 hits on the day, one of which was tallied to SS Ozzie Albies, runing his hitting streak to 6 games.

Gwinnett 6, Durham 2

RHP Mike Foltynewicz was dominating (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO) in his second start of the season and the Braves scored early and often, starting with a solo HR in the 1st by SS Sean Kazmar, who was pressed into service as SS Daniel Castro was a late scratch when he was recalled to Atlanta. CF Emilio Bonifacio, 2B Reid Brignac, 3B Rio Ruiz, and LF Brandon Snyder each had multi-hit games. For Ruiz, the hits included a double and he's now slashing .318/.423/.409 after six games. Gwinnett's opens their home schedule against Norfolk tomorrow night.

It's big prospect day tomorrow as the probable pitchers are LHP Max Fried (ROM), RHP Max Povse (CAR), LHP Sean Newcomb (MIS), and RHP Aaron Blair (GWI).

If Rio Ruiz keeps that up we will see him in Atlanta this season.

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7 minutes ago, Maverick said:

These prospect updates are the only things that are keeping me going regarding the Braves.

Just gotta see the light at the end of the (hopefully short) tunnel. And hope it's not a freight train.

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12 minutes ago, Maverick said:

These prospect updates are the only things that are keeping me going regarding the Braves.

Exactly. There's hope. We'll start seeing some of that hope this year. Heck we already are with the likes of Mallex Smith and Matt Wisler.

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9 minutes ago, K26dp said:

Just gotta see the light at the end of the (hopefully short) tunnel. And hope it's not a freight train.

Exactly. Like most of you all, I knew the Braves were going to be bad so I've been really patient with this team and looking at individual performances. Particularly, the young guys. I'll only freak out if any of those guys regress, but Mallex and Wisler have been impressive so far. Other than two pitches tonight, Wisler was doing great. So there's glimmers of hope, but I'm definitely keeping my eyes more on the minors since that's where the talent is.

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