Braves bring back former prospect

The Braves have brought back yet another former farmhand to compete for a job on the Richmond roster. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

The Braves Show has learned that Joe Winkelsas is rejoining the Atlanta organization after signing a minor league contract.

Winkelsas was originally signed by the Braves in 1996 as a non-drafted free agent. He made his big league debut in Atlanta in 1999 after a stellar season in Greenville. Winkelsas pitched in only one game for Atlanta and gave up two runs in a third of an inning.

The Braves let Winkelsas walk away as a six-year free agent after the 2003 season. He caught on with the White Sox organization in 2004 and also pitched in Triple-A for Chicago in 2005. Last year Winkelsas pitched in the Brewers' farm system, along with seven games in Milwaukee.

Winkelsas had a 1.72 ERA in 13 games for the AA affiliate in Huntsville, and then in six games in Triple-A Nashville he had a 5.06 ERA. The 33-year-old struggled at the major league level posting a 7.71 ERA with six runs allowed in seven innings in Milwaukee.

He'll compete for a spot in the Richmond bullpen this spring.

Atlanta Dugout Top Stories