The Atlanta Braves are seeing their minor league clubs finish out their 2018 seasons. We’ll review each one as they finish!
The 2018 minor league season is coming to a close for the Atlanta Braves, and while the won-loss record at some levels may not be what they’d like, the development of players for the future of the organization is what is the goal of the Braves. Let’s see how each team has done with that, focusing on the DSL Braves today.
The Atlanta Braves representative in the Dominican Summer League will be one that will struggle for a few years due to the restrictions put on the Braves after the fallout from former General Manager John Copollela. Rather than seeing players get their start there that are solid players, the lack of Latin player the Braves will be able to pursue will mean a lot more raw players will be on the team than has been seen recently, when guys like William Contreras got their start with the DSL team.
The 2018 DSL Braves were a good representative of that, as the team went 22-47 on the season, but there was plenty of upside flashed on the diamond. The position players struggled with contact in general, but showed plenty of raw power and speed.
On the mound, the team showed a lot of promise, and if there was a chance that the Atlanta Braves pulled a future major leaguer or two out of this roster, it could very likely be from the DSL Braves pitching staff, which had plenty of success.
Batting average (.195) – 44/44
On-Base percentage (.310) – 41/44
Slugging percentage (.257) – 43/44
Home Runs (12) – 36/44
Stolen Bases (75) – 40/44
Earned Run Average (3.97) – 28/44
WHIP (1.50) – 38/44
Strikeouts (500) – 43/44
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Team leaders (min. 50 AB, 10 IP):
BA – Kimberling Encarnacion .250
OBP – Jose Palma .365
SLG – Eliezel Stevens .335
R – Eliezel Stevens, Carlos Paraguate 27
H – Kimberling Encarnacion 49
2B – Kimberling Encarnacion, Eliezel Stevens 11
3B – Carlos Paraguate, Eliezel Stevens 2
HR – Asmin Bautista, Brandol Mezquita 4
RBI – Brandol Mezquita 27
SB – Carlos Paraguate 20
W – Eudi Asencio 5
G – Raulin Celedonio 18
GS – Eudi Asencio, Jose Olague 14
SV – Carlos Caminero 5
IP – Jose Olague 66 2/3
K – Jose Olague 57
ERA – Leonardo Vargas 1.50
WHIP – Carlos De La Cruz 1.01
This was an impressive young pitching staff that could have some future pieces for the Atlanta Braves. What happens with those arms or the talented bat will be something to track down the line!