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Pache, Anderson to rep Braves at Futures Game

June 29, 2019

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Cristian Pache and pitcher Ian Anderson will represent the Braves in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 7. Pache, in his fourth season in the Braves organization, is hitting .297 with 11 home runs for Double-A Mississippi. Pache had

Here are some future All-Stars from NL East

June 20, 2019

Maybe they’re still in the Minors. Maybe they’re developing on the big league level. But the next group of MLB All-Stars is on the way. As this year’s All-Star Game approaches, is taking at look at each club’s next player to make the leap to All-Star status. • VOTE

Braves sign No. 9 pick Shea Langeliers

June 12, 2019

The Braves officially signed Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers on Wednesday. The deal is reportedly for $4 million, which is below the full-slot value of $4.95 million for the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB Draft. Langeliers is considered by many to be better defensively than Oregon State catcher Adley

Chavis, Riley earn May Rookie of Month honors

June 3, 2019

Major League Baseball selected Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis and Braves left fielder Austin Riley as the American and National League Rookies of the Month for May. Chavis, 23, emerged as another potent slugger for Boston after making his Major League debut on April 20. The Georgia native knocked

Braves nab athletic trio of college bats 

Langeliers (No. 9 pick) known for defense at catcher; shortstop Shewmake regarded for power; Philip boasts versatility
June 3, 2019

ATLANTA -- The Braves started to worry when Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers hit three homers and tallied an NCAA Tournament-record 11 RBIs in Baylor’s win over Omaha Saturday. They didn’t share similar concerns regarding Braden Shewmake, the second of the two college position players Atlanta took in the first round

Battery powered: Arms likely Braves' Draft focus

Club has taken pitcher with 1st pick last 4 years. Will Rutledge extend trend?
June 3, 2019

ATLANTA -- Dana Brown will oversee the MLB Draft for the Braves for the first time since being named the team’s vice president of scouting in January. In eight seasons (2002-09) overseeing the Draft for the Expos/Nationals, two of Brown's key selections included Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman. Now he’ll

Braves phenom Riley continues historic start

Touted prospect hits eighth homer in 16 games; 'The kid is really good'
June 1, 2019

ATLANTA -- Situated between Mike Soroka and Jacob Webb, Austin Riley sat at his locker early Saturday afternoon and marveled at their ability to deal with the regular soreness a pitcher feels after most outings. Meanwhile, the baseball world has spent the past few weeks marveling at the instant impact

Tying HR, winning hit … What can't Riley do?

May 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Thursday’s Braves-Giants game settled into extra-inning torpor, it became clear that somebody or something dynamic had to take over to finish it off. This was a job for Austin Riley, who has quickly become one of the most compelling rookies in the Major Leagues. Facing hard-throwing

Another hot prospect comes up raking

Austin Riley 4-for-7 in first two career games
May 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- Two games into his career, Austin Riley provided an unexpected and encouraging answer when he was asked why the only first-pitch swing he has taken so far came against a curveball Adam Wainwright threw during the third inning of the Braves’ 10-2 win over the Cardinals on Thursday

Braves prospect Riley homers in 2nd MLB AB

May 15, 2019

ATLANTA -- As Austin Riley soaked in the excitement of highlighting his Major League debut with a monstrous home run that helped the Braves claim a 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night, his good friend Mike Soroka reminisced about where it all began for both of them in

Riley almost misses call to big leagues, literally

Opportunity knocks with Inciarte (lumbar strain) going on IL
May 15, 2019

ATLANTA -- As Braves fans anxiously wondered whether Ender Inciarte’s early exit from Tuesday’s game would lead to Austin Riley gaining a much-anticipated promotion, Triple-A Gwinnett manager Damon Berryhill was having trouble getting in touch with the highly regarded prospect. “I’m thinking he must have my old [cell] number,” Riley

What to expect from Braves' Austin Riley

May 15, 2019

With Ender Inciarte placed on the injured list, the door has opened for Austin Riley to show what he can do for the first time in the big leagues. He’d been beating down that door with his bat, especially of late, and was officially promoted Wednesday ahead of the Braves

Braves 'pen picks up where Soroka left off

Rookie starter fans career-high 8 before relievers finish job; Albies homers again
April 30, 2019

ATLANTA -- As Jacob Webb nervously fielded questions about recording his first save in the Braves’ 3-1 win over the Padres on Monday night at SunTrust Park, he was asked if his heart was still racing. “Oh, dude,” Webb said. “It’s going to be going all night. I probably won’t

Mature Soroka bears down in Braves' win

Top prospect throws career high in pitches after being given the chance to remain in game following mound visit
April 25, 2019

CINCINNATI -- As he strolled toward the mound during the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Reds, Braves manager Brian Snitker simply wanted confirmation from veteran catcher Brian McCann, who had the utmost confidence Mike Soroka had the mettle necessary to further extend beyond his limits. “I

Inbox: Will Soroka stay in Braves' rotation?

Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers questions from Atlanta fans
April 22, 2019

Do you think Mike Soroka stays in the rotation after Mike Foltynewicz comes back? -- Mike W. It likely depends on what Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb do during this week’s series against the Reds. Soroka will start Wednesday’s game and Newcomb will be eligible to be recalled from Triple-A

Soroka impresses in debut but Braves fall again

Right-hander K's 6 in first 2019 start, could add stability to bullpen
April 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- At some point over the next few days and weeks, the Braves will attempt to fix a bullpen which crumbled near the end of a 2-5 homestand that concluded with Thursday afternoon’s 4-1 loss to the D-backs. But regardless of what transpires, the value of the bullpen will

Touki Time just hours after joining Braves

Atlanta prospect turns in 'awesome' relief effort after callup
April 14, 2019

ATLANTA -- The odd man out when the season started, Touki Toussaint may now be given the chance to occupy the rotation spot Sean Newcomb possibly lost when he quickly squandered the comfortable, early lead the Braves created in Saturday night’s 11-7 win over the Mets at SunTrust Park. Ronald

Braves option Wright, ready for Folty's return

April 13, 2019

ATLANTA -- When Braves manager Brian Snitker informed Kyle Wright that he was being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after Friday night’s loss to the Mets, Snitker made sure the highly regarded pitching prospect -- ranked No. 2 in the organization by MLB Pipeline -- knew how much Atlanta values his

These 5 prospects might decide NL East race

April 11, 2019

Pete Alonso is bashing tape-measure home runs almost nightly in New York. Victor Robles is wreaking havoc in Washington. In Atlanta and Miami, Kyle Wright and Sandy Alcantara are grooving. Rookies rule in the NL East, with some of the game’s top prospects finally getting regular chances to contribute. And

Jackson up for MLB debut as catching option

Flowers expects to play soon after HBP, but McCann on injured list
April 7, 2019

ATLANTA -- When Braves catcher Tyler Flowers’ right hand was hit by a pitch approximately 20 minutes after Brian McCann strained his right hamstring Saturday night, Alex Jackson was in Triple-A Gwinnett’s clubhouse knowing he was a little more than 12 hours from making his Major League debut. Jackson arrived

These 5 teams could make impact moves

April 4, 2019

The MLB standings obviously don’t tell us much at this early stage, and neither, really, do the team rosters. Baseball has an inordinate number of games, and with that comes an inordinate amount of turnover between the starting point and the finish line. As Zack Meisel of The Athletic recently

Starting spots for Braves' Top 30 prospects

April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Braves' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Inbox: Mize vs. Wright,  Franco vs. Adell

March 21, 2019

This is my last Pipeline Inbox before Opening Day, so it's time to get my 2019 predictions on the record ... AL Division Winners: Red Sox, Indians, Astros AL Wild Cards: Yankees, Twins NL Division Winners: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers NL Wild Cards: Brewers, Mets AL Championship Series: Astros over Red

Here's a look at the Braves' farm system

March 21, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Ronald Acuna has at least plus tools across the board and knows how to translate them into production. As a 20-year-old last year, he hit 26 homers and stole 16 bases in 111 games en route to the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Braves' Waters confident in all five tools

March 21, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Watch Drew Waters play, and you can't help but notice his all-around ability. Talk to the Braves outfield prospect, and you can't miss his confidence. Asked to identify his best attribute and his worst attribute as player, Waters responded: "I think my best tool is