Man…did it feel good to go to my Twitter account and see it chock full of Braves Minor League talk. The Gwinnett Stripers and (the now High-A) Rome Braves kicked off their seasons yesterday, while the Mississippi Braves and new Low-A affiliate, Augusta Green Jackets, were postponed due to inclement weather. In these pieces, we’ll focus less on the scores and more on the producers (or lack thereof), hyper focusing on the Braves Top Prospects. However, it was pretty cool that we had an org sweep yesterday as all Braves affiliates won.
Rome Braves Highlights
The Rome Braves took the first game of the season against Winston-Salem 11-5. Bryce Elder gave up a lot of hits and walks but also had 6 Ks in 4.2 innings of work. Indigo Diaz, a mountain of a pitcher at 6’5, 250, struck out 5 in 2.1 innings. This is a name definitely worth keeping tabs on.
The offense was the highlight of the show and Michael Harris was in the spotlight, going 3-4 with a double, a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, had an OF assist, and even stole a base (however, High-A has implemented the rule for pitchers in which they have to step completely off the rubber before throwing to first so there’ll likely be a whole lot of SBs this year). I know he’s only in High-A right now, but seriously look out for this kid. Ronald Acuna Jr. went through 3 MiLB levels at the age of 19 and made his MLB debut at 20. If Harris keeps it up, we could very well see him in September, or in May of 2022 (more likely).
Other prospects of note were Beau Philip, who looked a whole lot more comfy than I’d seen him in the past and went 2-4 with a walk. Bryce Ball went hitless but did walk twice in 5 chances. Jesse Franklin also went 2-4 with a walk and if he’s not on your radar, bookmark him.
Gwinnett Stripers Highlights
It was an Opening Day Slugfest that ended in a 10-9 victory after 12 innings. The offensive star for the night was Travis Demeritte as he went 3-6, 1 HR, 1 SB, 2 runs, and 5 RBIs. I still believe that he’s a major leaguer and just needs ABs. Orlando Arcia was 1-4 with 2 walks.
On the pitching front, Kyle Muller was ineffective through 3 innings and showed the same problems he’s shown since being drafted. His final line came with 5 hits, 5 walks, and 6 earned runs. Carl Edwards Jr.was electric, striking out 3 in 1 inning with 1 walk and 0 hits. I’m betting he’s in the bigs by June.
Braves Roster News
It’s a new day, Max Fried. Go make it your’s and shut up the h8ers.