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2021 MiLB Season


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2 hours ago, Unknøwn said:

The Braves no longer own their affiliates. Theyve sold all 4 teams to Diamond Baseball Holdings. A new company that's acquiring minor league franchises around the league. Theyve acquired 9 other teams already with more pending. 

Not sure if it’s a good thing or bad thing having 1 company owning multiple minor league teams with more on the way. 

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4 hours ago, Unknøwn said:

The Braves no longer own their affiliates. Theyve sold all 4 teams to Diamond Baseball Holdings. A new company that's acquiring minor league franchises around the league. Theyve acquired 9 other teams already with more pending. 

It's not a done deal yet, it is still pending the PDL approval process, but it almost certainly will happen.

Diamond Baseball Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Endeavor. Endeavor owns UFC as well as the William Morris agency and the talent and marketing company IMG. 

Considering that the reason the Braves bought most of their affiliates was to create more certainty outside the old cycle of affiliate turnover and that was almost completely alleviated by the new minor league structure imposed after the MLB takeover of Minor League Baseball last winter, it makes sense Liberty Media would be interested in spinning off what are essentially non-performing assets. 

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50 minutes ago, K26dp said:

It's not a done deal yet, it is still pending the PDL approval process, but it almost certainly will happen.

Diamond Baseball Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Endeavor. Endeavor owns UFC as well as the William Morris agency and the talent and marketing company IMG. 

Considering that the reason the Braves bought most of their affiliates was to create more certainty outside the old cycle of affiliate turnover and that was almost completely alleviated by the new minor league structure imposed after the MLB takeover of Minor League Baseball last winter, it makes sense Liberty Media would be interested in spinning off what are essentially non-performing assets. 

I figured it was something like that. It looks like every team is now dumping ownership. At first I thought could be related to the new housing rules but I'm assuming the team is still responsible for that cost. 

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The Braves picked up four players and lost one in the minor league Rule 5 draft held today. The major league Rule 5 draft has been postponed due to the lockout.

Pick-ups:

1B John Nogowski (Giants) - Nogowski turns 29 next month and has had some major league action with the Cardinals and Pirates, hitting .233/.301/.310 combined last year with most of his time with Pittsburgh. In the minors he was known for his good strike-zone judgement, but he isn't a power guy. He did go 7-for-12 against Atlanta this season however. He was signed as a minor league free agent by the Giants, but never played for them. Pencil him in as the starting first baseman for Gwinnett next season after the primary first baseman from last season -- Johan Camargo -- is no longer with the organization.

LHP Luis De Avila (Royals) - Avila was originally signed by the Rockies out of Colombia when he was a teenager, pitching 8 games for their DSL team in 2018. He spent all of 2019 on the restricted list, and was released after the season. The Royals picked him up, and he was finally able to make his stateside debut in 2021 with the Columbia Fireflies, pitching to a 5.16 ERA in 24 outings before an injury in Augusta shut him out the rest of the season outside a few rehab appearances in the complex leagues. The Braves likely are intrigued by his relatively good command (only 19 walks last season) and possibly see some upside with this stuff.

RHP Allan Winans (Mets) - Winans split time between high-A Brooklyn and AA Binghamton in 2021 with a combined 1.72 ERA between the two in 26 appearances. Winans is pitch-to-contact guy whose fastball tops out in the low '90s. Winans was the Mets' 17th-round pick out of Campbell in 2018.

RHP Tanner Andrews (Marlins) - Don't worry about him, the Braves have already traded him. He's headed to the Giants, probably as the Player to be Named Later in the Jay Jackson trade.

 

Lost:

LHP Gabriel Rodriguez - Rodriguez was a strong-armed outfielder in Miami-Dade Junior College that also pitched a little bit. The Braves liked him as a pitcher, and drafted him in the 31st round in 2018. After a strong debut in the GCL, he suffered a UCL tear and had Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2019. After the 2020 shutdown he pitched most of the season with low-A Augusta where he pitched to a 8.44 ERA in 27 appearances. Control was a huge problem, but the Rockies were more than willing to give him a look -- young lefties that throw 100+ mph don't grow on trees after all.

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Keith Law's top Braves prospects:

1. Cristian Pache
2. Michael Harris
3. Shea Langeliers
4. Kyle Muller
5. Ryan Cusick
6. Freddy Tarnok
7. Drew Waters
8. Tucker Davidson
9. Jared Shuster
10. Braden Shewmake
11. Vaughn Grissom
12. Spencer Strider
13. Bryce Elder
14. Spencer Schwellenbach
15. Joey Estes
16. Victor Vodnik
17. Darius Vines
18. Indigo Diaz
19. Dylan Dodd
20. AJ Smith-Shawver

Others of note: Ambioris Tavarez, Jesse Franklin, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Tyler Owens, Jared Johnson. 

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Kiley has posted his 2022 draft board. I'm just gonna cut and paste.

Spoiler: you're about to feel old.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/33354270/kiley-mcdaniel-2022-mlb-draft-rankings-10

"1. Druw Jones, CF, Wesleyan HS (GA), Vanderbilt commit

The son of Braves great Andruw Jones is a plus-plus defender in center field like his dad. He can also play a solid shortstop, but likely won't need to, and has advanced feel to hit, with emerging power, a lanky 6-foot-4 frame and plus speed."

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On 3/12/2022 at 12:55 PM, For the A said:

How are the Braves looking at with 1B depth or are their any players that could be switched to 1B. In the event Freddie doesn’t re-sign  

They Braves will need to find a first baseman from outside the organization if Freeman doesn't sign. 

They could theoretically move Austin Riley to 1B and get a third baseman, but I imagine the organization would be loathe to do that. 

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