The latest on top Braves prospects

June 23rd, 2022

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Davidson strikes out 9 in scoreless outing (June 22)
Bouncing between the Major Leagues and Triple-A isn’t an easy task, but Tucker Davidson is continuing to show that he has little left to prove in the International League.

The Braves’ seventh-ranked prospect turned in a stellar outing for Gwinnett on Wednesday, striking out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Stripers’ 7-2 win over the Nashville Sounds.

“I definitely feel like my offspeed pitches were there, curveball and slider,” Davidson said. “Felt like I had good command of the strike zone, and just kept my foot on the gas pedal all night.” Full story »

Grissom extends three-hit streak to four (June 17)
There's on-fire, then there's what Vaughn Grissom has been doing to Asheville pitching recently.

The No. 6 Braves prospect recorded four hits -- including a pair of doubles -- in the Tourists' 13-7 win over High-A Rome. The second two-bagger drove in two of three runs plated by Grissom on the night.

The 21-year-old has recorded at least three hits in all four games of the series and four knocks in consecutive games. Grissom's latest effort came on the heels of a multi-grand slam performance. -- Jacob Resnick

Grissom swats two grand slams for Rome (June 16)
A good measuring stick for determining whether a huge performance qualifies as the best game of a player’s life is if you have to start pulling out the Little League game logs.

The last time Vaughn Grissom hit a grand slam? “I was like 12 years old, maybe 11,” he recalls.

A two-homer game? Surely there was one in high school. “I didn’t hit my first until the second-to-last game I ever played.”

Therefore, this was surely the game of Grissom’s life. The sixth-ranked Braves prospect swatted a pair of grand slams in back-to-back innings, added a double and a single and scored five times in High-A Rome’s 22-1 rout of Asheville. Full story »

Waters homers on four-hit night for Gwinnett (June 7)
 had a slow start to June. With one big night, he looked back on track.

Atlanta's No. 2 prospect belted an opposite-field home run and finished 4-for-5 to help lead Triple-A Gwinnett to a 7-0 win at Jacksonville.

Waters kicked off his night with singles in each of his first three at-bats, lining one to right field in the first inning before reaching on an RBI infield single to second in the second and on a bouncer to left in the fifth.

Then came the outfielder's big blast. In the top of the sixth, with his team already leading 6-0, Waters clubbed an offering from Jacksonville reliever Huascar Brazoban and deposited it beyond the wall in left-center for his third homer of the season.

The performance was Waters' second four-hit showing of the season, joining a 4-for-4 day that also featured a homer on May 3. Waters had gone just 2-for-17 in his first five games played in June prior to his big game against the Jumbo Shrimp. -- Tyler Maun

Elder twirls eight scoreless innings for Gwinnett (May 30)
For six-plus innings, Bryce Elder chased history. In the end, he settled for pure dominance.

The No. 4 Braves prospect tossed 6 1/3 no-hit frames on his way to a career-high eight innings to lead Triple-A Gwinnett to a 2-0 win over visiting Louisville. Elder struck out eight, walked one and surrendered two hits to end what had been a horrific month on a high note.

The 23-year-old faced one over the minimum and needed just 70 pitches to navigate through six hitless innings. He set down the first batter in the seventh but yielded his first hit on a first-pitch single by Cristian Santana. Elder responded with consecutive strikeouts to end the seventh and surrendered another single in the eighth before finishing off the frame for the first time in 30 Minor League starts.

"I realized around the sixth inning that I hadn't given up any hits," Elder said. "But nothing changed for me. I was just trying to get the hitters to put the ball in play. Walks have been an issue for me so my focus was on letting my defense do its job. I stuck to that plan the entire game." Full story »

Shuster continues to roll with M-Braves (May 28)
It was business as usual for Jared Shuster, who tossed six one-run innings with eight strikeouts for Double-A Mississippi in the Braves' 9-1 victory over Pensacola.

The left-hander fanned the side in the first and retired nine batters in a row in a stretch that spanned from the first to the fourth innings. He exited after throwing 93 pitches, 65 for strikes.

The ninth-ranked Braves prospect has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season. Shuster sports a 2.06 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and a .181 average against over 48 frames this season.

In support of Shuster, catcher Hendrik Clementina went 4-for-4 with a 444-foot dinger and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 13 straight plate appearances. -- Rob Terranova

Harris II homers in 13th multihit game (May 21)
Michael Harris II continued his thrilling 2022 season and added a homer as the cherry on top.

MLB Pipeline's No. 61 prospect has given fans in Atlanta performances that warrant the thought of bringing him up to the Majors. 

The Braves' No. 1 prospect did it again with a 2-for-4 game -- his 13th multihit game of the season -- in Double-A Mississippi's 5-4 win over Biloxi.

The 21-year-old's fifth homer of the season was a leadoff blast on the second pitch he saw in the first inning.

The outfielder has reached base safely in all but one game and has been held without a hit in only six of 38 games. 

Harris was drafted with the 98th overall pick in 2019. -- Ethan Sands

Grissom falls 2B shy of cycle in 3-hit day (May 13)
No. 7 prospect Vaughn Grissom finished a double shy of the cycle and tallied eight total bases amid a three-hit day in High-A Rome’s 5-4 walk-off win over Winston-Salem.

Grissom got things started early with a two-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the first to open up the scoring. Those would be his only RBIs of the day, but the 21-year-old added a walk, a triple (his first of the season) and a single to round out his day. His two-out base knock in the ninth kept the Braves in the game, and he eventually came around to score the tying run. 

The 2019 11th-rounder is slashing .303/.406/.440 with 22 RBIs, 13 walks, eight extra-base hits and only 16 strikeouts in 27 games thus far.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

Shewmake tallies four hits, Smith-Shawver fans 12 (May 10)
A solid start to 2022 got a little better for Braden Shewmake. The No. 6 Atlanta prospect doubled twice en route to a career-high four hits to help Triple-A Gwinnett defeat Durham, 8-4. Shewmake scored four times, swiped his fourth base and walked twice, reaching safely in all six plate appearances.

Despite driving in just four runs in his first 24 games and 85 at-bats, the 24-year-old is batting .318/.376/.459 with 15 runs and eight extra-base hits.

While Shewmake did the job offensively, AJ Smith-Shawver was dealing three levels below. The club's 17th-ranked prospect blew past his previous high for strikeouts, finishing with 12 in five innings as Single-A Augusta edged visiting Columbia, 4-3. Smith-Shawver scattered four hits and three walks while surrendering two runs. The 19-year-old has 41 strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA across 24 innings in six starts. -- Michael Avallone

Waters homers in four-hit return to Gwinnett (May 3)
Drew Waters, who started the year on the injured list with a right hamstring strain, was ready to go and then some in his first game back with Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves' No. 3 prospect went yard on the first pitch he saw and didn't stop hitting all afternoon.

Fresh off a rehab stint in which he went 4-for-11 with a dinger and five runs scored over three games for High-A Rome, the 23-year-old outfielder hit the ball hard to all fields in the Stripers' 11-7 win over the Charlotte Knights. He followed his first-inning jack to left-center with a sharp single to right in the second, pulled a base hit into left in the fourth and, batting from the left side in the sixth, dropped an RBI single into right-center.

The four hits match a career high the 2017 second-rounder has achieved several times, including three times with the Stripers last year. Waters had a .240/.329/.381 slash line, 11 homers and 22 doubles over 103 games for Gwinnett in 2021. -- Josh Jackson