Keep an eye on: Brad Roney

Brad Roney is a pitcher in the Atlanta system that could get on the radar in a hurry.

Brad Roney was Atlanta’s 8th round pick in the 2014. He played for the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Roney is a 23 year old right-handed reliever, and he is a name to keep in mind for the future of the Atlanta bullpen.

Roney might not be too far away. Remember, he was a college pitcher. He’s already 23. There’s a chance Roney will start 2016 in Double-A Mississippi, which will put him on the radar as a player that could be in Atlanta soon.

Last season Roney pitched in 33 games – 16 with Rome, 15 with Carolina and two in Danville. His overall numbers were impressive: 3-1, 2.98 ERA, only 17 hits allowed in 48.1 innings, 16 earned runs, 35 walks and 70 strikeouts. Roney recorded 11 saves.

His best work came at the highest level of High-A, as Roney pitched in 15 games for Carolina and had a 3.05 ERA. He allowed just 10 hits in 20.2 innings, with 11 walks and 28 strikeouts.

The walks are a concern, as he now has 55 walks in 70.2 innings in pro ball. But he can miss bats, with 104 strikeouts. And he’s allowed only 31 hits so far in his time with the Braves organization.

Reports have Roney having a fastball in the 95-97 mph range, with a very good curveball. It's all about him improving his control. If he can do that, Roney will quickly become a top prospect. 

Roney was a two-way player in college, also playing third base. But the Braves are having him devote full-time to pitching. The Braves really like what they’ve seen so far and believe Roney can only get better with more time on the mound.

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