The Atlanta Braves farm system has done a great job over the years of producing high-quality major league players. In recent years the system has produced Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Evan Gattis, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel. Many other Braves players that have provided significant contributions were developed on Braves minor league teams.
Braves general manager Frank Wren could face a very complicated decision within the next two years.
When Frank Wren signed center fielder B.J. Upton to a 5-year $75 million deal last off-season, he not only made a huge financial commitment to Upton. He also committed the Braves to giving Upton absolutely every opportunity to play center field.
The Dan Uggla situation has shown us what happens when the Braves sign a player to a huge, long-term contract. No matter how unproductive the big-money player may be, the Braves feel obligated to play him (at least until the playoffs). … Read the rest
The Atlanta Braves have announced that utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky will have season-ending knee surgery on Monday, August 19. Pastornicky hurt his knee Wednesday night when he collided with Braves right fielder Jason Heyward while chasing a pop fly.
Pastornickyk suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The Braves have purchased the contract of infielder Phil Gosselin from their Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett to take Pastornicky’s place. Gosselin will be in uniform for Friday night’s game against the Washington Nationals and wear number 59.
Gosselin has a career .259 minor league batting average. … Read the rest
It was a big turn of events from the last two weeks of covering the Atlanta Braves Minor League action. After recent struggles, none of the Braves farms teams had a losing record this week. A couple of them had big weeks and got back into their division races. The teams combined to go 17-11 this week. That’s a big upgrade after last week’s 10-19 mark.
(AAA) Gwinnett Braves (41-55) (20 GB in International South) (4-3 this week)
Gwinnett had a decent week. Though it was decent, … Read the rest
It was a rough week again for Atlanta Braves minor league teams as far as wins and losses go. Rome was the only Braves team to win more than twice this week. The Braves minor league teams combined to go 10-19 this week.
(AAA) Gwinnett Braves (37-52) (18 GB in Int South)
(1-5 this week)
Pitching was not too bad for the Gwinnett team this week. Their biggest struggle this week came from the plate as they got shut out twice this week. Even in the one game they won this week, they … Read the rest
Barrett Kleinknect is a utility player with the Mississippi Braves who attended Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. The Braves drafted him in the 12th round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.
Barrett’s first year in MILB was spent between Danville and Rome. He appeared in 53 games for Danville and 6 for Rome in 2010.
Kleinknecht was sent to Rome for the start of the 2011 season. His good play saw him get promoted to Lynchburg after only 30 games.
2013 is Barrett Kleinknecht’s 2nd full … Read the rest
One question that I have been asked a lot since starting the cover the minor leagues for Atlanta Bullpen is, “What’s more important in the minors? Winning or development?”. To that I have no set answer. I do believe that development is the #1 point of having minor league teams. However, each player on the club needs to know what it’s like to win, and how it feels. If team’s lose all the time, the players have to tend to have that losing attitude.
I would love to hear your answer to … Read the rest
The (A) Rome Braves are the only team in the Braves system that had trouble winning this week. Rome did not win a single game. However, they were well represented in the SAL All-Star Game this week.
The Rome Braves and Lynchburg Hillcats both had players participating in their league All-Star Game this past Tuesday. While Mississippi, Lynchburg, and Rome, all started their second half seasons, the Danville Braves got their season started in the Appalachian League.
This week, and from now, on I will be putting (#) beside the players name if … Read the rest