Atlanta Braves Farm Report: Starting Pitching Shines
By Michael Neal
We’re over a week removed from the 2021 MLB Draft, and prospect buzz continues to circle around the Atlanta Braves and their draftees.
So we’ll dive into this week’s farm system report, and check out how our Atlanta Braves‘ minor leaguers have performed over the past seven days.
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Let’s get started.
Gwinnett Stripers, (Braves AAA)
William Contreras: Since the Braves optioned Contreras down to AAA on July 7th, the catcher has been on a tear. It continued this week as he hit .429 with four home runs to go along with a team-leading 1.676 OPS.
Alex Jackson: The other Stripers’ catcher contributed a solid week in the 16 at-bats he got as well, slashing .313/.589/.363. After a rough month of June, Jackson’s batting average has creeped back up to a serviceable .276 in July.
Kyle Wright: In the first game of Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader, Wright had another solid outing, tossing six innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs to continue a strong stretch of starts from the right-hander.
Mississippi Braves, (Braves AA)
Odalvi Javier and Spencer Strider: While both starting pitchers picked up the loss in their respective games, they contributed favorable outings. Javier tossed seven innings of one-run ball and picked up five strikeouts with no walks. Strider provided five tough innings with six strikeouts, allowing just one run on a solo home run on 86 pitches.
Bryce Elder: A notable two-start week resulted in seven earned runs across 14 innings pitched for the 22-year-old right-hander. He recorded 10 strikeouts on the week with five walks.
Rome Braves, (Braves High-A)
Brett Langhorne: Langhorne provided a solid week with Rome, hitting .333 with two stolen bases this past week. The 2018 draftee continues to get back on track after entering July with a .167 batting average.
Freddy Tarnok: Double-digits strikeouts (10) came in just five innings for Tarnok on Friday. The 22-year-old allowed two earned runs and gave up two walks.
Alan Rangel: More arms shine as the right-hander out of Mexico allowed two runs over six innings on Saturday with nine punch-outs to continue his good 2021 campaign.
Augusta Greenjackets, (Braves Low-A)
Joey Estes: The 2019 Braves draftee picked up the loss on Wednesday, but continued to showcase his dominant stuff, striking out 10 over 5.1 innings. His 77% strike rate was also worth noting as he continues his brilliant season in Augusta.
Starting pitching shines in this week’s farm system report. Let us know which Braves prospect you look forward to following the most.