2 weeks into the minor league season, it’s exciting to see what some of the Braves top prospects or unexpected veterans are up to in the early going. Without the luxury of watching development or checking stats for the past 20 months, it was nearly impossible to guess how some of the prospects would perform; some are living up to the hype, while others are struggling a bit.
- Travis Demeritte: .353/.463/.1.316, 4 HRs, 15 Ks in 34 ABs
- Orlando Arcia: .385/.450/1.296, 7 HRs
- Abraham Almonte: .375/.535/1.066, 1 HR, 3 SB
- Drew Waters: .222/.333/.639, 0 HR, 3 SB, 13 Ks in 36 Abs
Breakdown: Arcia and Demeritte are absolutely tearing the cover off the ball. Arcia continued his hot start with a walk off homer to win the Stripers the game Sunday afternoon. Almonte hasn’t been bad at all in his playing time, definitely good to have him ready to come up and play if needed with the slew of injuries to the big-league team lately. Waters has been playing very poorly. A lot of his ABs have ended early in the count with how aggressive he is (he only has 4 walks on the year and is striking out in 36% of his ABs). Waters loves to swing early and often and if he can’t maintain a BABIP in the .350-.400 range his stats are going to be ugly.
- Tucker Davidson: 14 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 14 K, 0.64 ERA, .71 WHIP
- Bryse Wilson: 11 IP, 14 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 3.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
- Kyle Wright: 10 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 13 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
- Kyle Muller: 11 IP, 16 H, 11 BB, 16 K, 8.18 ERA, 2.45 WHIP
Breakdown: Davidson has absolutely excelled in his 2 starts thus far, only allowing 1 run while striking out a batter an inning and carrying a BB/9 under 2, hence the callup to the bigs to replace Huascar Ynoa. Wright and Wilson have been up and down yet again. Wilson pitched yesterday, giving up 4 ER in 6 IP. Believe it or not, Muller’s ERA is 8.18 after throwing 4 1 run innings on Saturday. His first two starts were horrendous, but hopefully he can find a bit more command and become the guy most scouts project him to be. As a sidenote, Jasseel De La Cruz who spent a few days riding the pine in Atlanta made his first start the other day going 4.2 innings while giving up 1 ER with 0 walks and 5 Ks.
- Shea Langeliers: .231/.412/1.027, 3 HRs, 8 BB (team high)
- Greyson Jenista: .222/.371/.890, 2 HRs, 7 BB
- Justin Dean:.235/.409/.880, 2 HRs, 2 SB
- Trey Harris: .278/.381/.659, 3 SB, 3 Ks in 36 ABs
- Braden Shewmake: .094/.194/.382
Breakdown: Langeliers has been playing very well. With Contreras now on the MLB squad for the foreseeable future, it isn’t out of the question that he’s promoted to AAA sooner rather than later. Jenista is a guy that many had begun to cast aside, but I still really like. His average is low but he’s been off to a hot start and has come up with some big hits. Everyone’s been talking about Michael Harris, while Trey Harris has been doing what he does best. He leads the team in SB and has the least strikeouts on the team while simultaneously leading the team in ABs. He’s putting the ball in play and that is always better than striking out. Shewmake is in a massive slump. He had a stretch of games where it looked like he was turning the corner and since then just went ice cold. He’s hit well every stop until now, I’m not panicking yet.
- Victor Vodnik: 7.1 IP, 6 BB, 13 K, 3.68 ERA, 1.77 WHIP
- Matt Withrow: 9 IP, 7 BB, 10 K, 1.0 ERA, 1.0 WHIP
Breakdown: Vodnik was absolutely dealing on Thursday night before he hit some trouble in the 4th inning. Prior to that he had 7 Ks through 3 IP and clearly had all his pitches working. He ended up being pulled after giving up 3 ER in the 4th but I’d say a successful start for a guy developing. Withrow has been impressive out of the bullpen only allowing 1 ER in 9 IP.
- Michael Harris: .333/.375/.886, 2 HRs, 3 SB
- Bryce Ball: .188/.400/.838, 2 HR, 12 BB, 17 Ks in 32 ABs
Breakdown: Harris and Ball have been carrying the offense, Ball’s average is low but his OBP is extremely high due to the 12 walks which leads the team by a landslide; but he has also struck out in more than half of his ABs. Harris has been playing very well and making plenty of defensive plays as well.
- Jared Shuster: 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
- Kasey Kalich: 6.2 IP, 3 BB, 5 K, 0.0 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
- AJ Puckett: 11 IP, 7 BB, 9 K, 0.82 ERA, 1.09 WHIP
Breakdown: Shuster was decent in his first start of the year, giving up 2 ER in 3.1 IP. Kasey Kalich has yet to allow a run across 6.2 IP in 3 bullpen appearances. AJ Puckett has also been throwing well, giving up just 1 ER between a start and two long relief appearances.
- Javier Valdez: .364/.444/.899
- Vaughn Grissom: .310/.364/.708, 2 SB
Breakdown: Valdez is off to a hot start. If Langeliers gets promoted he likely gets to move up and take his place, assuming he keeps up this performance. Grissom is also hitting well in the early going, it would be nice to see him take a leap in performance this year.
- Roddery Munoz: 9 IP, 2 BB, 11 K, 5.0 ERA, 1.11 WHIP
- Spencer Strider: 3 IP, 0 BB, 7 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP
Breakdown: Munoz was credited with a blown save after pitching 5 innings and giving up 5 ER in Sunday’s game. Not the best outing to follow up his 4 inning 1 hit performance, but he is still someone to definitely keep an eye on as he’s pumping a high 90s fastball and some electric off-speed. Spencer Strider burst onto the scene the other night with 7 Ks in 3 perfect innings.