Where Braves prospects are playing to start the season

With the minor league rosters getting announced today it’s time to look at where the Braves top-30 prospects will be playing. The players’ prospect rank is listed beside their name.

Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Christian Bethancourt, C (8)
Jace Peterson, 2B (16)
Cody Martin, RHP (22)
Juan Jaime, RHP (28)

Relievers Brandon Cunniff and rule-5 guy Andrew McKirahan are also rookies on the major league roster.

Color on WhiteGwinnett Braves (AAA)
Matt Wisler, RHP (1)
Mike Foltynewicz, RHP (3)
Jose Peraza, 2B (5)
Manny Banuelos, LHP (10)
Williams Perez, RHP (32)

The best of the Braves prospects are at the minors’ highest level. The starting rotation alone contains four top prospects. Also worth keeping an eye on are John Cornely and Brady Feigl in the bullpen, and Elmer Reyes, Todd Cunningham and Joe Benson in the field.

logo-mbravesMississippi Braves (AA)
Rio Ruiz, 3B (6)
Tyrell Jenkins, RHP (7)
Jason Hursh, RHP (11)
Mallex Smith, OF (20)

Ruiz and Smith should be worth the price of admission alone. Also keep an eye on Daniel Castro and Matt Lipka in the field. A lot of guys on this team are minor league veterans who have been around for awhile. Of course, the Braves have found some gems from those kinds of guys in recent years.

logo-mudcatsCarolina Mudcats (high-A)
Lucas Sims, RHP (2)
Jose Briceno, C (13)
Dustin Peterson, OF (14)
Mauricio Cabrera, RHP (15)
Andrew Thurman, RHP (23)
Yean Carlos Gil, LHP (33)
Johan Camargo, SS (34)

The newest Braves affiliate has the most top prospects to start the year. Sims, Cabrera and Thurman are all repeating this level. Keep an eye on the other outfielders, Connor Lien, Connor Oliver and Sean Godfrey.

logo-rbravesRome Braves (low-A)
Braxton Davidson, OF (9)
Ozhaino Albies, SS (17)
Ricardo Sanchez. LHP (18)
Alec Grosser, RHP (24)
Tanner Murphy, C (25)
Carlos Salazar, RHP (31)

A lot of exciting and young prospects to watch here. Also keep an eye on pitchers Max Povse, Chad Sobotka, Jorge Zavala, Zach Quintana and Brad Roney. Outfield speedster Joseph Daris will be fun to watch.

Others:
Max Fried, LHP (4) — on disabled list for most of the year
Arodys Vizcaino, RHP (11) — 80 game drug suspension
Dilmer Mejia, LHP (19) — extended spring training
Wes Parsons, RHP (21) — not sure why he’s absent from a roster
Garrett Fulenchek, LHP (26) — extended spring training
Juan Yepez, OF (27) — extended spring training or Dominican League
Dian Toscano, OF (29) — delayed with visa issues

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