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.
With starters Kris Medlen and Mike Minor most likely out for the season, the Braves farm system may be the key to a successful 2014 season. Alex Wood and David Hale, two home-grown starters, will be counted on to produce big in 2014, and with the Braves spending $14.1 million on starter Ervin Santana, there may be other minor league starters that will be called on this season.
I’ll tell you right up front that I’m concerned about Gavin Floyd‘s health. After what has happened to Medlen and Beachy’s surgically repaired elbows, maybe I am just a little shell-shocked. But still…
With the track record the Braves minor league has established, I’m confident if starters are needed, the farm system will produce.