Atlanta Braves 2015 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: JP Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and scouting videos, as well as statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

ATLANTA BRAVES

1: Jose Peraza 2B
2: Ozhaino Albies SS
3: Lucas Sims RHP
4: Christian Bethancourt C
5: Braxton Davidson 1B/OF
6: Jason Hursh RHP
7: J.R. Graham RHP
8: Garrett Fulencheck RHP
9: Mauricio Cabrera RHP
10: Wes Parsons RHP
11: Kyle Kubitza 3B
12: Victor Reyes OF
13: Cody Martin RHP
14: Alec Grosser RHP
15: Kyle Wren OF
16: Juan Jaime RHP
17: Aaron Northcraft RHP
18: Johan Camargo SS
19: Chasen Shreve LHP
20: Todd Cunningham OF

2014 Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

ATLANTA BRAVES

1. Lucas Sims RHP


2. J.R. Graham RHP


3. Jason Hursh RHP


4. Jose Peraza SS


5. Christian Bethancourt C


6. Mauricio Cabrera RHP


7. Wes Parsons RHP


8. Victor Caratini 3B


9. Victor Reyes OF


10. Tommy LaStella 2B


11. Todd Cunningham OF


12. Kyle Wren OF


13. Cody Martin RHP


14. Andry Ubiera RHP


15. Aaron Northcraft RHP


16. Josh Elander OF


17. Robby Hefflinger OF


18. Carlos Salazar RHP


19. Johan Camargo 3B


20. David Hale RHP

Atlanta Braves 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.

1) Andrelton Simmons
Highest Level: MLB Atlanta Braves
2012 Stats:
MLB: .296, 7(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 15RBI
MILB: .292, 9(2B), 2(3B), 3HR, 21RBI, 10SB

2) Julio Teheran
Highest Level: MLB Atlanta Braves
2012 Stats:
MLB: 0-0, 8.31ERA, 4.1IP, 1BB, 5K, .235BAA
MILB: 6-5, 4.96ERA, 81.2IP, 30BB, 58K, .283BAA

3) Luis Merejo
Highest Level: Rookie League GCL Braves
2012 Stats:
MILB: 0-2, 3.45ERA, 28.2IP, 3BB, 35K, .234BAA

4) Sean Gilmartin
Highest Level: AA Mississippi Braves
2012 Stats:
MILB: 5-7, 3.47ERA, 109IP, 25BB, 81K, .244BAA

5) Christian Bethancourt
Highest Level: AA Mississippi Braves
2012 Stats:
MILB: .241, 3(2B), 1(3B), 0HR, 17RBI

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VIDEO: Mycal Jones & Keenan Wiley Have Scary Head To Head Outfield Collision During Mississippi Braves Game

This clip is about as scary as it gets. Mississippi Braves centerfielder Mycal Jones and right fielder Keenan Wiley each dive for a Marc Krauss line drive and crack heads at full extension. Krauss got a 3 run inside the park home run on the play. Jones, who is one of the most active minor league baseball players on twitter @MykeJones2 tweeted that he should be back in the lineup on April 11th after passing all his tests. Wiley is also ok. Pretty amazing that both guys came out of this just a little cut up but otherwise ok.

If your not squeemish, take a look at the picture of the cut above his eye and the stitched up cut that Mycal Jones posted to his twitter account following the collision.

Braves Prospect Todd Cunningham Puts Out “Rock Yo Jock” Music Video

Atlanta Braves prospect Todd Cunningham (KEY ROOKIE: 2010 Elite Extra Edition) is spending his offseason dabbling into the world of music. Cunningham has recently released his “Rock Yo Jock” music video. In the story link below, Cunningham talks about his music, reaching out to youth groups with his music, and how his dad’s ties in the music industry helped get the project off the ground. You can also watch the completed “Rock Yo Jock” music video below.

Cunningham reaching youth through music JaxNews.com

Complete Listing Of Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguers On Twitter

Here is a list of Atlanta Braves Minor League Prospects who you can follow on twitter. Please tweet us @MinorLeagueBlog if you know of someone we are missing.

Luis Avilan — @lavilan70
Christian Bethancourt — @ChristianBeth27
Cory Brownsten — @CBrownie30
Chris Bullard — @Blacktopper10
Billy Bullock — @BillyBullock
Erik Cordier — @Cords11
John Cornely — @J_Corn_toss_19
Todd Cunningham — @Todd_Cunningham
Evan Danieli — @yaboyBIGDEE
Dave Filak — @DaveFilak27
Cory Gearrin — @CoryGearrin
Cory Harrilchak — @harrilchakitout
Ryne Harper — @ryneharp
Tyler Hess — @Hessismore55
J.J. Hoover — @JJ_Hoover
Mycal Jones — @MykeJones21
Barrett Kleinknecht — @bkleinknecht
Jordan Kreke — @jkreke10
Kyle Kubitza — @Kubbyk3009
Mark Lamm — @MarkLamm44
Matt Lipka — @MattLipka
Cody Martin — @zagsbaseball32
Chris Masters — @TheMastersWay
Shawn McGill — @shawnypmac15
Kyle Mertins — @KMert714
Adam Milligan — @akmill15
Navery Moore- @moorenc
Cory Rasmus — @TheBigRaz7
Chad Rodgers — @DragonRodgers
Kyle Rose — @kdrose26
Edison Sanchez — @EdisonSanchez21
Aaron Shafer — @HIGH_A_N_TIGHT
Will Skinner — @WillSkinner12
Troy Snitker — @snitwitit23
Zeke Spruill — @zekespruill
Brian Stamps — @b_stamps4
Joey Terdoslavich — @jterdo7
Kirk Walker — @kirkwalker1
L.V. Ware — @LV_Ware
Matt Weaver — @Matt_Weaver3

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Jeff Locke Went From His Town’s Worst Little League Team To The Big Leagues

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher Jeff Locke will enter 2012 looking for his first big league win. He went 0-3 in four starts with the Pirates last season. Despite not yet getting a win, Locke reached the dream sought after by many when he made his major league debut. In the story link below, Locke provides an in depth look at his baseball journey from suiting up for the worst team in the Mount Washington Valley Little League, being highly scouted in high school, 2006 draft day when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves, his journey through the minor leagues and finally his debut last season with the Pirates. It’s an interesting timeline look at Locke’s path to the majors.

Jeff Locke’s journey to the Majors — ConwayDailySun.com

In Depth Behind The Scenes Look At The Michael Bourn Trade Between The Braves And Astros

Back in July, at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Houston Astros traded Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves for a package of prospects that consisted of Brett Olberholtzer, Paul Clemens, Jordan Schafer and Juan Abreu. The story link below provides a behind the scenes look at the makings of the trade from the text and email exchange between Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade and Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren, to the meetings among the respective scouting departments, to the notifications to the players involved. It’s a really cool look at the simple yet complicated inner workings of a trade deadline deal.

Anatomy of a Baseball Trade — BusinessWeek.com

Former Braves Pitcher Steve Avery Wins Then Loses A New Car

After winning a raffle during the Cabrini High School homecoming game, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Steve Avery got the chance to compete for a car in a contest sponsored by the Michigan dealership Taylor Ford. He threw a football through a small hole in a banner from 20 yards out and celebrated his win. However the dealership later countered saying that Avery instead was to throw 10 balls through the hole in 30 seconds rather than the single ball he converted. You can read more about the confusion and see a picture of the originally happy Avery posing with the folks who conducted the contest via the story link below.

Former MLB star Avery did not win car at Cabrini contest, Taylor Ford says — TheNewsHerald.com

Veteran Minor Leaguer Shawn Bowman Facing Critical Stage In His Career

Opportunity is everything in baseball and it seems once a player reaches a certain age, that window of opportunity begins to close. For veteran minor leaguers, every season that passes without a call up often leads to an off season crossroads and forces a decision as to how long they will continue to pursue their big league dreams. 26 year old Shawn Bowman is nearing that crossroads. The former 12th round pick of the New York Mets in 2002, just completed his 9th season of professional baseball and has played in three organizations, most recently the Atlanta Braves, where he batted a combined .259 across 3 levels including his first taste of Triple-A baseball. In the story link below, Bowman talks about his desire to continue to chase his major league dream, having the support of his family while he tries to support his family, and seeing friends and teammates get the promotion to the majors that he also desires. It’s a very good read.

Canadian prospect Bowman at baseball crossroads — Montreal Gazette