Atlanta's top prospects did well in the first month of 2016

Here is a look at how some of Atlanta's top prospects performed in the month of April.

Let’s take a look at the leaders for the Braves’ minor leaguers in the hitting and pitching categories.

OFFENSE
Hits -31 – Ozzie Albies (Mississippi, Gwinnett)
Average - .356 – Ozzie Albies (Mississippi, Gwinnett)
On Base Percentage - .454 – Dansby Swanson (Carolina, Mississippi)
Slugging Percentage - .580 – Dansby Swanson (Carolina, Mississippi)
Stolen Bases – 10 – Emilio Bonifacio (Gwinnett)
Home Runs – 4 – Matt Tuiasosopo (Gwinnett)
Runs Batted In – 17 -  Jonathan Morales (Rome)
Walks – 15 – Dansby Swanson (Carolina, Mississippi)
Strike Outs – 30 – Austin Riley (Rome)
Doubles – 13 – Dansby Swanson (Carolina, Mississippi)
Triples – 3 – Ray-Patrick Didder (Rome)
Runs Scored – 15 – Dansby Swanson (Carolina, Mississippi)

The Braves promoted their top two position player prospects on the last day of April, as Ozzie Albies went from Mississippi to Gwinnett and Dansby Swanson left Carolina to replace Albies in Double-A. They both did very well in April:

Dansby Swanson - .346 BA / .454 OBP / .580 SLG – 2 HR – 13 RBI – 28 hits in 81 at bats – 13 doubles – 0 triples – 7 stolen bases – 15 walks – 13 strikeouts
Ozzie Albies - .356 BA / .429 OBP / .494 SLG – 1 HR – 7 RBI – 31 hits in 87 at bats – 5 doubles – 2 triples – 2 stolen bases – 10 walks – 13 strikeouts

There were other position players who performed well in April. Here are the numbers of some of the top prospects:

Rio Ruiz - .310 BA / .389 OBP / .452 SLG – 2 HR – 10 RBI – 26 hits in 84 at bats – 4 doubles – 1 triple – 0 stolen bases – 11 walks – 26 strikeouts
Dustin Peterson - .267 BA / .330 OBP / .442 SLG – 3 HR – 14 RBI – 23 hits in 86 at bats – 6 doubles – 0 triples – 0 stolen bases – 9 walks – 20 strikeouts
Ronald Acuna - .294 BA / .368 OBP / .388 SLG – 2 HR – 10 RBI – 25 hits in 85 at bats – 2 doubles – 0 triples – 6 stolen bases – 9 walks – 12 strikeouts
Austin Riley - .244 BA / .272 OBP / .419 SLG – 2 HR – 11 RBI – 21 hits in 86 at bats – 9 doubles – 0 triples – 0 stolen bases – 4 walks – 30 strikeouts
Braxton Davidson - .192 BA / .261 OBP / .308 SLG – 1 HR – 11 RBI – 15 hits in 78 at bats – 6 doubles – 0 triples – 0 stolen bases – 7 walks – 29 strikeouts

PITCHING
Wins – 3 – Aaron Blair (Gwinnett) and Chris Ellis (Mississippi)
Losses – 3 – Touki Toussaint (Rome) and Mauricio Cabrera (Mississippi)
ERA (Starter – Minimum 4 starts) – 0.82 - Brandon Barker (Mississippi)
ERA (Reliever – Minimum 4 games) – 0.00 – Sean McLaughlin (Carolina)
Innings – 29.1 – Chris Ellis (Mississippi)
Hits allowed – 37 – Enderson Franco (Carolina)
Saves – 4 – Chase Johnson-Mullins (Carolina)
Walks – 17 – Sean Newcomb (Mississippi)
Strikeouts – 42 – Lucas Sims (Mississippi, Gwinnett)

Starters ERA:
1) Matt Withrow – 0.79
2) Brandon Barker – 0.82
3) Mike Soroka – 1.33
4) Aaron Blair – 1.42
5) Max Povse – 1.69
6) Tyrell Jenkins – 1.71
7) Chris Ellis – 1.84
8) Lucas Sims – 2.02
9) Mike Foltynewicz – 2.05
10) Casey Kelly – 2.33

Mike Soroka arguably had the best month of any starter in the Atlanta farm system. Soroka was 0-2, but he had a 1.33 in five starts for Rome. The 18-year-old allowed just 21 hits in 27 innings, with four earned runs, three walks and 29 strikeouts.

Lucas Sims was also outstanding. In his five starts between Mississippi and Gwinnett, Sims was 0-3 and had a 2.02 ERA. He allowed 15 hits in 26.1 innings, six earned runs, 16 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Max Povse of High-A Carolina bounced back from an injury-plagued 2015 with a great start to his new season. Povse was 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts, with 15 hits allowed in 26.2 innings, only four walks and 23 strikeouts.

Chris Ellis had a great start to his Braves’ career. The former Angels’ prospect made five starts and had a 3-0 record, a 1.84 ERA, 19 hits allowed in 29.1 innings, six earned runs, 10 walks and 22 strikeouts.

Sean Newcomb, Ellis’ former Angels’ teammate, made five starts and had a 2.84 ERA with a 1-1 record. Newcomb allowed 17 hits in 25.1 innings, 17 walks and 24 strikeouts.

Tyrell Jenkins had a 1.71 ERA in his four starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. Jenkins was 2-1 with 21 hits allowed in 21 innings, four earned runs, 10 walks and 16 strikeouts.

Ricardo Sanchez was solid in his four starts for Rome. Sanchez, another former Angels’ prospect, had a 2.84 ERA with 13 hits allowed in 19 innings, six earned runs, nine walks and 14 strikeouts.

Max Fried is back with a vengeance from Tommy John surgery. The lefty had a 3.50 ERA in four starts, with 11 hits allowed in 18 innings, seven earned runs, nine walks and 17 strikeouts.

Brandon Barker is just a strike-thrower. The former Mercer Bear had a 0.78 ERA in five games (four starts), with 18 hits allowed in 23 innings, five walks and 19 strikeouts.

Patrick Weigel did well in his five starts for Rome. He had a 3.33 ERA, 23 hits allowed in 27 innings, 13 walks and 31 strikeouts.

Mike Foltynewicz is being brought along slowly from his issues last season in Atlanta. Folty made four starts for Gwinnett and had a 2.05 ERA, with 12 hits allowed in 22 innings, 14 walks and 20 strikeouts.


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