Braves Farm System Could Be Key

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…

I think the Braves number one minor league pitching prospect, starter Lucas Sims, will figure into this season in a major way.  If the injury bug keeps biting, Jason Hursh may be needed, too.

With the track record the Braves minor league has established, I’m confident if starters are needed, the farm system will produce.

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There’s no way that Lucas reaches the majors this year. If anything, he will progressing well to get called up to double A. Only way he figures in is if there’s a mid season trade. Very clear that your next starter up would be Schlosser given the recent comments from Wrenn. Get Minor back and you have a solid top four with Wood, Tehran and Santana. Some combination of Hale, Floyd and Garcia in the five spot.


Mike Minor out for the season??

Robert Joseph Cerasuolo
Robert Joseph Cerasuolo

With Lucas Sims can’t we get a prove pitcher with him like maybe a package around him and Bethancourt and Edward Salecdo for either Price or someone?

Wayne Canon
Wayne Canon

The Braves have a superior farm system. I’m sure they will deliver excellent pitchers. The questions is when.
Remember that Glavine and Maddux went 7-17 and 6-14 respectively in their first full season. As good as they are, none of our farm hands are a Glavine and Maddux.
I think the Braves will patch something together and have a good season. I also think the season will be more interesting than most watching Freddi ‘Mix ‘n Match’ throughout the season.