Atlanta Braves: 2018 Danville Braves season review
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 regula season has come 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 Danville Braves today.
The Danville Braves finished the season under .500 this season, but if there was ever an example in the Atlanta Braves system of the development happening at a level being more important than the won-lost record of that affiliate.
The makeup of the team was odd on the offensive side. There wasn’t power; there wasn’t speed. The D-Braves did have a number of players with tremendous contact abilities and gap power, but not a ton of home run power.
Pitching, however, was incredibly impressive to watch with Danville all season. Even as players were promoted, the guys who would replace them would continue that quality pitching, and Danville finished the year with the top pitching staff in the Appalachian League.
Batting average (.253) – 7/10
On-Base percentage (.333) – 7/10
Slugging percentage (.355) – 10/10
Home Runs (27) – 10/10
Stolen Bases (43) – 8/10
Earned Run Average (3.74) – 1/10
WHIP (1.38) – 2/10
Strikeouts (545) – 7/10
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Players in league top 10:
CJ Alexander – #9 in triples (4)
Justin Dean – #9 in triples (4)
Dilmer Mejia – #2 ERA (2.87), #2 IP (69), #4 WHIP (1.29)
Jose Montilla – #1 IP (70), #5 ERA (4.37), #9 WHIP (1.46)
Team leaders (min. 50 AB, 10 IP):
BA – CJ Alexander .354
OBP – CJ Alexander .439
SLG – CJ Alexander .488
R – Greg Cullen 30
H – Greg Cullen 58
2B – Greg Cullen, Nicholas Shumpert 12
3B – CJ Alexander, Justin Dean 4
HR – Justin Smith 9
RBI – Greg Cullen 33
SB – Brett Langhorne 8
W – Dilmer Mejia 5
G – Connor Simmons 17
GS – Dilmer Mejia, Jose Montilla, Matt Rowland 13
SV – Zach Seipel 3
IP – Jose Montilla 70
K – Dilmer Mejia, Jose Montilla 53
ERA – Brooks Wilson 1.45
WHIP – Brooks Wilson 1.02
There may not have been a dominant hitter on the team all year, but the stats show some incredible play from multiple players who could impact the Atlanta Braves in the long-term future.