Riley continues to hit in Danville

The Braves do have a couple of good hitting prospects, but they are at the lower levels of the minor leagues.

The 41st pick in the June draft is hitting the baseball like he wants to make 29 other teams regret passing him along the way. Austin Riley was 3-5 with two doubles (6) and three RBI (13) Tuesday as the Danville Braves beat Johnson City 8-4.

Riley is now hitting .330 for Danville with three home runs. He hit .255 in the Gulf Coast League, but Riley had seven home runs and 21 RBI. So overall this season, the 18-year-old third baseman is hitting .289 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI, 11 doubles and an on base percentage of .369. His OPS is .880.

While it’s great to see a young hitter produce for the Braves on the farm, there is another name to keep in mind. Isranel Wilson, a 17-year-old outfielder, is hitting .237 but has hit 10 home runs in the Gulf Coast League. He’s got five doubles, 21 RBI and an on base percentage of .363. Wilson’s 10 home runs lead the GCL.

Even though he’s been gone for several weeks, Riley is actually still tied for third in the GCL with his seven home runs.

Both Wilson and Riley should be on the Rome Braves roster in 2016.

For an organization screaming for more hitting prospects, the production of Riley and Wilson is very good to see.

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