When the Mesa Solar Sox and Peoria Javelinas take the field in Saturday’s Arizona Fall League championship game, no player will draw more attention than Atlanta Braves 19-year-old outfield phenom Ronald Acuna.
Jonathan Mayo asked players in the Fall League and team executives to see if they preferred the Braves’ Ronald Acuna or the Nationals’ Victor Robles.
The Braves are expected to find out soon the results of MLB’s investigation into their alleged infractions committed in relation to the domestic Draft and the signing of international prospects.
Between leaving Houston after Game 5 of the World Series and arriving in Atlanta the next day for an interview that had been scheduled just 48 hours earlier, Alex Anthopoulos tried to learn as much as possible about the Braves’ current roster, talent-rich farm system and financial situation.
Though he has been given full autonomy within the Braves’ baseball operations department, newly appointed senior vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not intend to drastically alter the direction taken by those who have guided the club through the uncertainty that has existed within the past month.
Two years after rejecting a lucrative five-year contract that would have extended his successful tenure as the Blue Jays’ general manager, Alex Anthopoulos has accepted the challenge of guiding the Braves past recent problems and toward what could be a very bright future.
The Braves will announce the hiring of former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their new GM on Monday, according to a source.
Though they call Atlanta home, Houston is a special place for Brian McCann and his wife, Ashley, who will forever remember the resolve the residents of this hurricane-stricken city showed before experiencing the thrill of celebrating a World Series championship.
Playing on live TV in front of a national audience, Ronald Acuna turned the annual Military Appreciation Game into a personal showcase. The Braves’ No. 1 prospect hit a pair of homers as Peoria topped Surprise, 11-10, in a back-and-forth game on Saturday night.
Braves manager Brian Snitker’s coaching staff will assume a new look next year as Walt Weiss and Eric Young Sr. will replace Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez, respectively. The pair had stood as Atlanta’s two longest-tenured coaches.
The Arizona Fall League’s best and most prospect-laden team will play before a national television audience Saturday night when the Peoria Javelinas visit the Surprise Saguaros.
A little more than four months after ending his career at Vanderbilt University and experiencing the thrill of being taken with the fifth overall selection in this year’s MLB Draft, Kyle Wright joined some of the Braves’ other top pitching prospects at SunTrust Park to participate in the Rookie Development Camp.