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2019 Braves Minor Leagues and Prospects Thread

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IF Riley Delgado was the Fire Frogs' lone representative on this year's Florida State League Postseason All-Star team.

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The Florida State League has cancelled all of this weekend's games and the playoffs due to Hurricane Dorian.

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Braves MILB playoff update:

Rome won to keep pace with Augusta, who now has 1st place all to itself. Rome will need to win 3 of their next 4 and Augusta to lose 3 of their next 4 to force a tie.

Gwinnett lost, their magic number for the division remains 1. It makes no practical difference however, they will host the first two games of the first round of the playoff regardless.

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The Braves will likely end the minor league season with the ERA leader in the International League (Bryce Wilson), Southern League (Tucker Davidson), and Appalachian League (Mitch Stallings) and the second best in the South Atlantic League (Dilmer Mejia). 

Also, Mike Soroka is currently second in ERA in the Major Leagues.

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Rome was eliminated from the playoffs last night after a loss to Asheville last night and an Augusta win. 

Gwinnett clinch their division despite a loss last night when second-place Charlotte also lost.

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Baseball America released their farm system rankings. 

1. Rays

2. Padres

3. White Sox

4. Braves

5. Dodgers

Toronto, Twins, Marlins, O's and Indians round out the top 10. 

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The Farm Report and the podcast came out today. 

In the Farm Report is a look at the left-handed relievers the Braves have been stockpiling at Gwinnett, the AFL contingent, and a bit on retiring Mississippi pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn.

On the podcast we talk about all that plus the pending Gwinnett playoffs.

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The Stripers lost their playoff opener to Columbus on Wednesday night at CoolRay Park.

Starting pitcher Tucker Davidson ran into trouble in the first, giving up a walk and a single to start the inning. It looked like he may walk away unscathed however after Clippers lead-off hitter Ka'ai Tom was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a deep fly ball that Adam Duvall caught deep into the left field corner. A perfect relay from Duvall to second baseman Andres Blanco to catcher John Ryan Murphy completed the unusual double play.

Davidson couldn't put the Clippers away however, surrendering an RBI single on the next pitch, followed by an RBI double to make it 2-0. After former Brave Ryan Lavarnway drew a walk, Davidson sussed out a stolen base attempt and threw to second to pick off the runner, but the throw down to third by second baseman Jack Lopez was wild, allowing the runner to come in for an unearned run, and the Stripers found themselves down 3-0 before they came to bat.

Gwinnett came off the matt strong however. In the bottom of the inning, the Stripers tied it up on the strength of back-to-back home runs by Adam Duvall and right fielder Austin Riley.

After a scoreless 2nd inning, Columbus came back in the top of the 3rd with a rally against Davidson, stringing together three hits and a walk to score what turned out to be the winning runs, with Lavarnway knocking in the game winning RBI on a single. After allowing two on in the 4th, Davidson's night was through. The Striper bullpen was lights out, with the trio of Ben Rowan, Phil Pfeifer, and Grant Dayton only allowing 3 Clippers hits the rest of the way, but the Stripers could only muster one more run on a Murphy RBI single in the 6th to make the final score 5-4.

The two teams resume the series tonight in Gwinnett. Number 3 Cleveland Indians prospect Logan Allen will take the hill for Columbus, while the Stripers starter has not been announced.

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The Gwinnett Stripers dropped the second game of their 5-game semi-final playoff series to the Columbus Clippers 7-3 at home on Thursday night. The series will resume tonight in Columbus, with Gwinnett now needing to win three games on the road in order to advance to the finals.

Gwinnett had a 2-0 lead in this one going into the 4th inning on the strength of a Ryan LaMarre lead-off home run and a 2nd-inning Cristian Pache RBI single.

In the 4th, Stripers starter Ian Anderson, who had retired 8 in a row, gave up a 1-out walk. After a groundout put the runner at 2nd base, back-to-back singles cut the lead down to 1, then veteran catcher Dioner Navarro homered to put Columbus ahead 4-2, a lead Columbus would not relinquish.

The Stripers would pull to 4-3 in the 5th inning after Drew Waters scored after a double and an error on a batted ball by outfielder Bradley Zimmer. Columbus would get that run back in the top of the 6th however on a Daniel Johnson RBI double off Anderson. Columbus would get insurance runs in the 8th and 9th off Striper relievers.

Gwinnett will go into game 3 with Kyle Wright scheduled to pitch against right-hander Shao-Ching Chiang for Columbus. The Stripers, who have already lost Adam Duvall and Alex Jackson to the major league roster, could also lose Austin Riley, who is on a rehab assignment and is rumored to likely be activated for the Atlanta Braves tonight.

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The Stripers stayed alive in the International League semi-finals by blowing out Columbus 10-6 on Friday night, forcing a Game Four.

Gwinnett scored all 10 of their runs in back-to-back 5-run innings in the 2nd and the 3rd. The big blow in the 2nd inning was a 3-run shot by catcher John Ryan Murphy, while outfielder Cristian Pache hit a grand slam in the 3rd.

It was more than enough for starter Kyle Wright, who allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings. Reliever Grant Dayton struggled, surrendering 3 runs and only getting two outs, but Patrick Weigel came on and locked down the Clippers the rest of the way.

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The Gwinnett Stripers' season came to an end last night, losing to Columbus 5-4 in Game 4 of the semi-finals. Columbus will now face Durham for the International League's Governor's Cup.

This was a tight game throughout, and it took a Columbus rally in the 8th for them to pull through. Gwinnett starter Bryse Wilson wasn't his sharpest, but he gutted through 6 innings, allowing only 3 runs despite giving up 10 hits.

After Columbus drew first blood in the 1st inning, Pedro Florimon tied it in the 2nd on a solo home run. The Clippers got the lead back in the 3rd on a lead-off homer by Ka'ai Tom, but Cristian Pache tied it back up in the 4th on an RBI groundout. Wilson got into trouble again the in the bottom of the 4th after a double and a single put Columbus on top again, but he was later able to get Tom to ground into a double play to end the threat.

Gwinnett took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 5th after a Ryan LaMarre walk and a Jack Lopez 2-run shot. Wilson would settle in and keep Columbus off the board in the 5th and 6th. Left-hander Tyler Matzek came on the the 7th and pitched around a double to keep Gwinnett's lead intact.

The 8th inning would turn out to be the critical frame. In the top of the inning, a Sean Kazmar walk, followed by singles from Andres Blanco and Cristian Pache would load the bases with nobody out and give the Stripers a chance to put the game away. The Clippers bullpen however did not break, as they cut down John Ryan Murphy and Luis Marte on strikes and got Drew Waters on an infield pop-up.

In the bottom of the 8th, Matzek got first baseman Bobby Bradley out on strikes (and Bradley got himself tossed out of the game for arguing with the umpire). Matzek allowed a single and a groundout for the 2nd out of the inning, and the Stripers decided to go to right-hander Jason Creasy. Creasy couldn't find the strike zone however, and he walked the next two batters to load the bases, and 9th-place hitter Connor Marabell would deliver the game-winning hit with a 2-run double. Left-hander Caleb Thielbar came on to get the final out of the inning, but the damage was done.

The Stripers threatened with two outs in the 9th on back-to-back singles by Pedro Florimon and Scott Kazmar (though Kazmar's low liner seemed to be caught in the outfield, but was called a trap by officials). It turned out not to matter as Andres Blanco went down swinging to end the game and the Stripers' season.

All-in-all it was a historical season for Gwinnett, who ended the regular season with the best record in the International League and crushed nearly all franchise offensive records in the year the juiced ball came to AAA.

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The Braves named their minor league players/pitchers of the year before the game today:

GWI: OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Bryse Wilson
MIS: OF Cristian Pache and OF Drew Waters (co-winner), RHP Ian Anderson and LHP Tucker Davidson (co-winners)
FLA: OF Trey Harris, LHP Hayden Deal
ROM: OF Justin Dean, LHP Dilmer Mejia
DAN: 1B Bryce Ball, RHP Ricky DeVito
GCL: OF Michael Harris, RHP Eudi Acencio
DSL: Of Deivi Estrada, RHP Roddery Munoz
 

Trey Harris and Ian Anderson were name the organizational Player and Pitcher of the Year.

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New podcast, we talk about this year's biggest surprises, disappointments, and stories for the Braves minor leagues. We also talk Stripers playoffs and the organization's selections for players/pitchers of the year.

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On 9/15/2019 at 11:41 PM, K26dp said:

New podcast, we talk about possible infield promotes in the wake of the Culberson injury and the Arizona Fall League.

Any end of the year lists Prospect wise?

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The 2020 June draft order is set.

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Baltimore Orioles
3. Miami Marlins
4. Kansas City Royals
5. Toronto Blue Jays
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Pittsburgh Pirates
8. San Diego Padres
9. Colorado Rockies
10. Los Angeles Angeles
11. Chicago White Sox
12. Cincinnati Reds
13. San Francisco Giants
14. Texas Rangers
15. Philadelphia Phillies
16. Chicago Cubs
17. Boston Red Sox
18. Arizona Diamondbacks
19. New York Mets
20. Milwaukee Brewers
21. St. Louis Cardinals
22. Washington Nationals
23. Cleveland Indians
24. Tampa Bay Rays
25. Atlanta Braves
26. Oakland A's
27. Minnesota Twins
28. New York Yankees
29. Los Angeles Dodgers
30. Houston Astros 

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Braves upper-level minor league catchers with BP's Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) metric:

Alex Jackson 17.9 (#1 in all AAA)
Raffy Lopez 1.7 (AAA)
Jonathan Morales -0.1 (AA/AAA) 
Carlos Martinez -1.0 (AA)
William Contreras -1.1 (AA)
Sal Giardina -2.2 (AAA)

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My Braves minor league All-Defensive team:

C Alex Jackson GWI
1B Ray Hernandez DAN
2B Brett Langhorne FLA
3B Pedro Florimon GWI
SS Luis Marte GWI
OF Rafael Ortega GWI
OF Drew Waters MIS
OF Cristian Pache MIS
P Kyle Muller, MIS

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19 hours ago, K26dp said:

Braves upper-level minor league catchers with BP's Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) metric:

Alex Jackson 17.9 (#1 in all AAA)
Raffy Lopez 1.7 (AAA)
Jonathan Morales -0.1 (AA/AAA) 
Carlos Martinez -1.0 (AA)
William Contreras -1.1 (AA)
Sal Giardina -2.2 (AAA)

Impressive numbers for Jackson

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1 hour ago, K26dp said:

My Braves minor league All-Defensive team:

C Alex Jackson GWI
1B Ray Hernandez DAN
2B Brett Langhorne FLA
3B Pedro Florimon GWI
SS Luis Marte GWI
OF Rafael Ortega GWI
OF Drew Waters MIS
OF Cristian Pache MIS
P Kyle Muller, MIS

I like seeing the the names of the bottom three guys on this list. I just have to wonder are we going to wait for them or are we going to try and make a run now that the window has opened.

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51 minutes ago, Ransack said:

I like seeing the the names of the bottom three guys on this list. I just have to wonder are we going to wait for them or are we going to try and make a run now that the window has opened.

I don't see why we can't do both. 

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Former major league outfielder Michael Saunders has announced he is retiring after playing for Canada in an upcoming tournament for the WBA. He has been hired by the Atlanta Braves to manage their Appalachian League rookie league team in Danville.

Saunders will be replacing former Braves farmhand Anthony Nuñez, who took over the helm of Danville in 2019.

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