The Braves dealt a lot of top prospects to the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton, so the high minors is pretty barren for them heading into the 2o13 season. But, they have a couple of solid prospects ready for the show in 2013. Here is a look at them:
Julio Teheran: 22-year old righty starting pitcher Julio Teheran comes into this season as the Braves’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Braves last year and he was 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He also pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Braves last year and he was 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. He has now pitched in 7 games (4 starts) in his first two years with the Braves and he is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Everything seems to be coming together for the Braves so far in spring training. He has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Braves so far this spring and he is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP. Teheran has only given 7 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 35 batters in only 26 innings this spring! Like my wife likes to remind me though….spring training is nothing more than practice.
Todd Cunningham: 24-year old switch-hitting outfielder Todd Cunningham comes into this season as the Braves’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. Cunningham played in 120 games in AA-ball for the Braves and he was 144 of 466 (.309 avg, .767 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 3 homers, 51 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Cunningham has now played in 276 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 292 of 1,042 (.280 avg, .725 OPS) with 170 runs scored, 8 homers, 95 RBIs and 46 stolen bases.