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A new MiLB club played its first game last night, and you've got to see its celly

April 6, 2024

Fans of the Braves' High-A affiliate in Rome, Georgia, got to see a brand new franchise take the field at AdventHealth Stadium in Friday's 4-0 season-opening victory -- and with that, a brand new on-the-field celebration. Previously known as the Rome Braves, the club unveiled its new identity as the

Fans' Guide to MiLB Opening Day  

A step-by-step primer for the start of the 2024 Minor League season
@BensBiz and @SamDykstraMiLB
April 5, 2024

Triple-A Opening Day arrived across the country -- from Syracuse to Sacramento and many stops in between -- last Friday. Now the Double-A, High-A and Single-A levels will begin play. In other words, the season is in full swing. As is tradition around these parts, let’s get you ready for

Here's where the Braves' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

April 5, 2024

With the Minor League season opening this week, here's where the Braves’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start: 1. AJ Smith-Shawver (MLB No. 65), RHP -- Gwinnett (Triple-A) 2. Hurston Waldrep (MLB No. 86), RHP -- Mississippi (Double-A) 3. Spencer Schwellenbach, RHP -- Rome (High-A) 4. JR Ritchie, RHP

These are Braves to keep an eye on down on farm

April 5, 2024

ATLANTA -- An incredibly fruitful farm system has given the Braves a chance to thrive throughout this decade with the likes of Ronald Acuña Jr., Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider. Each of these homegrown products have helped the Braves construct what has been one of

Young Braves speedster Drake shows off in Spring Breakout

Baldwin showing more than just his solid bat; Murphy starts strong
March 16, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Spencer Strider, Michael Harris II and AJ Smith-Shawver each recently experienced a meteoric rise to Atlanta. So as many of the Braves prospects participated in Spring Breakout on Saturday at JetBlue Park, there was reason to wonder which of these future stars might be the next

Tweaked changeup boosts No. 1 prospect’s equity

March 15, 2024

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Spring Breakout to introduce Braves fans to Schwellenbach

March 14, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Spencer Schwellenbach’s collegiate experience as a pitcher consisted of spending one season as the University of Nebraska’s closer. But it took him just one professional season to make the Braves feel even better about selecting him in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Many

'You never have enough pitching': Smith-Shawver, Waldrep blossoming

March 13, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The Braves' formidable lineup should be set for the next several years. They have deals with Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., Michael Harris II, Sean Murphy, Matt Olson and Austin Riley that extend at least through 2027, including club options. All of them except Harris were

This Braves prospect went from overlooked to must-see

March 11, 2024

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Smith-Shawver's goal for '24: 'Keep getting better'

March 11, 2024

TAMPA -- For a prospect, it might be hard to imagine a better year than AJ Smith-Shawver had in 2023, which he began with High-A Rome and finished in the National League Division Series as a 20-year-old. But this spring, Smith-Shawver said his main goal is to “keep getting better”

Here's the Braves' Spring Breakout roster

March 7, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Nacho Alvarez Jr. and Drake Baldwin have made strong impressions as they have both experienced their first big league camp this year. Their talents will be spotlighted when they team up with other Braves prospects to play against a team of Red Sox prospects during MLB's

Jose Perdomo highlights

March 6, 2024

Mario Baez highlights

March 6, 2024

Blake Burkhalter highlights

March 6, 2024

'Holy cow, he's growing up': Smith-Shawver dazzles again

Braves' top prospect K's 5 in 2 2/3 innings, 4 with a changeup he's gaining a feel for
March 4, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- AJ Smith-Shawver entered last season looking to earn a promotion to the Double-A level. The heralded prospect catapulted himself to the Majors by the end of May. Smith-Shawver might not begin the upcoming season as part of Atlanta’s rotation. But as he completed a scoreless effort

Here are the Braves’ 2024 Top 30 prospects

March 4, 2024

They say you can never have enough pitching. The Braves are trying to make sure they do. The top five in their new Top 30 are all right-handed pitchers. Ten of the top 15, with just one lefty, make their living on the mound. And unlike last year, when they

Smith-Shawver brings 99 mph spring heat vs. Phillies

Braves' top prospect in mix for club's fifth starter spot; Giles fans side in sizzling relief work
February 28, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- AJ Smith-Shawver is looking to build on his fast track from High-A to the Majors last season. And despite allowing home runs to J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm during his first start in Atlanta's 7-7 tie with Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon at BayCare Ballpark, that’s still the

Youthful gamble paying off for Smith-Shawver

February 23, 2024

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Top 100 prospect Waldrep hyped for Spring Breakout

February 15, 2024

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Hurston Waldrep's first Spring Training experience will include the opportunity to represent the Braves in their Spring Breakout game. “It’s pretty cool,” Waldrep said. “You get to face guys you played in college or saw in college. To hear your name in the same sentence as

$5 million Braves prospect draws Miggy comp

January 18, 2024

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Braves to land No. 3 international prospect

@jesus_cano88 and @JesseABorek
January 15, 2024

The Braves are adding one of the purest hitters in this year’s international market to their organization. Atlanta agreed to terms with shortstop Jose Perdomo,’s No. 3 international prospect, for $5 million as the 2024 signing period opened on Monday. The Braves, who have a $5.284 million signing pool,

Here are the Braves 2023 Organization All-Stars

Smith-Shawver, De Avila headline Atlanta's pitcher-heavy system
December 15, 2023

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Atlanta Braves. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Gwinnett: 70-78 Double-A

Former No. 1 and No. 2 prospects capture MVP rare air

November 16, 2023

Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. made history on Thursday when they were announced as the unanimous American League and National League MVPs, respectively. It marked the first time two players who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list

Black and white and Rome all over: Braves affiliate unveils new name, logos

November 16, 2023

Rome, Georgia, got its name because, like its Italian counterpart, the city was built within seven hills and the rivers that run between them. At a ballpark event on Thursday evening, Rome’s Minor League Baseball team further solidified the connection between the two seemingly disparate locales. The Rome Emperors have

Tuesday's top prospect Fall League performers

October 25, 2023

Here's a look at Tuesday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League.