While all eyes were on opening day Monday, the Braves also released rosters for their minor league affiliates for the 2014 season. Many of the roster decisions were hinted at Saturday during the Futures Game, but the official release came yesterday across the four full-season levels. Below I have compiled all of the rosters with a couple of notes from each level. Gwinnett, Mississippi, Lynchburg and Rome will all begin their respective seasons Thursday.
- RHP: Mitch Atkins, Juan Jaime (24), Mark Lamm, Cody Martin (8), Yunesky Maya, Wirfin Obispo, Andrew Russell, Zach Stewart, Luis Vasquez
- LHP: Hector Daniel Rodriguez, Atahuaipa Severino
- C: Christian Bethancourt (4), Steven Lerud
- INF: Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Sean Kazmar, Tommy La Stella (3), Ernesto Mejia, Edward Salcedo (12)
- OF: Jose Constanza, Todd Cunningham (18), Derrick Mitchell, Joey Terdoslavich
- DL: Mycal Jones, Luis Perez, Jose Yepez
The Gwinnett opening day roster will feature two of TC's top-5 prospects in Christian Bethancourt and Tommy La Stella. Bethancourt, who will only be playing in his age 22 season, is very young for Triple-A, so expect him to remain here for most of the season. La Stella, on the other hand, is hot on Dan Uggla's heels and will be a top candidate to replace the Opening Day second basemen if he falters early. Cody Martin, 24, and Edward Salcedo, 22, are also names to keep an eye on at this level. Like Bethancourt, there is no rush with Salcedo, as both look to put together and refine their offensive approach at the place.
Gwinnett will also feature a couple of pitchers who will showcase their talents with the hope of finding a spot in the Atlanta 'pen. Juan Jamie and Luiz Vasquez will are certainly the favorites if they can ever figure out where the hell the ball is going upon release. Cunningham and Terdoslavish return for triple-A for another season in an attempt to prove their worth as a fourth outfield type if an unforeseen injury were to occur with the big club. Ervin Santana will make an opening day tuneup start Thursday before rejoining the rotation next week.
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- RHP: Lay Batista, David Bromberg, John Cornely, JR Graham (2), Ryne Harper, James Hoyt, Jason Hursh (7), Ryan Kelly, Williams Perez, Shae Simmons (15), Ryan Weber
- LHP: Ronan Pacheco, Carlos Perez, Chasen Shreve
- C: Matt Kennelly, Braeden Schlehuber
- INF: Barrett Kleinknecht, Kyle Kubitza (11), Emerson Landoni, Joe Leonard, Seth Loman, Gustavo Nunez
- OF: Robby Hefflinger, Cedric Hunter, Matt Lipka, David Rohm
- DL: Aaron Northcraft (14), Benino Pruneda, Elmer Reyes
The Mississippi roster isn't exactly stacked, but they will feature two of the top right handers in the system. JR Graham and Jason Hursh could be two of the quickest risers in the system this year, given their age and advanced feel for pitching. Hursh opened a lot eyes with his performance during the futures game, working through the major league lineup in impressive fashion. It wouldn't surprise me to see one or both of them on the big league roster at some point this season. Shae Simmons and Carlos Perez will also continue battle for a spot in the big league pen. Polarizing prospect Kyle Kubitza and rebound candidate Matt Lipka are two position players to keep an eye on. Lipka, who turns 22 in a couple weeks, will be the youngest player on the opening day roster. Mike Minor
who didn't make the cut on any prospect lists will be Mississippi's opening day starter Thursday.
- RHP: Mauricio Cabrera (6), Brandon Cunniff, Nate Hyatt, Zach Jadofsky, Jarrett Miller, Wes Parsons (16), Greg Ross, Patrick Scoggin, Lucas Sims (1), Andrew Waszak
- LHP: Matt Chaffee, Matt Marksberry, Eric Pfisterer
- C: Joseph Odom, Tyler Tewell
- INF: Kevin Ahrens, Daniel Castro, Eric Garcia, Levi Hyams, Jose Peraza (5), Edison Sanchez,
- OF: Josh Elander (17), Alejandro Piloto, Will Skinner, Kyle Wren (19)
- DL: AJ Holland, Navery Moore, David Peterson, Chase Anselment, Cory Brownsten, Trenton Moses, Daniel Carroll
If there is one must see level this year, it is going to be Lynchburg. They will feature three of the better arms in the system including top overall prospect Lucas Sims. Mauricio Cabrera and Wes Parsons are also must see arms that will fill out the Lynchburg rotation. In the field, Jose Peraza, who turns 20 next month, will be the second youngest player on the Lynchburg roster behind Sims. It will be interesting to see how the middle infield shakes out and if his move to 2B in the futures game for SS Daniel Castro was a sign of things to come in 2014 or if Peraza remains at short and Castro at 2B as listed on the Lynchburg roster. He will look to build on a phenomenal 2013 season that included a 64 stolen base performance. Speaking of, Kyle Wren will again tag team the top of the order with Peraza after an impressive showing in the second half of last season. Outfielders Josh Elander and Alejandro Piloto are two other names to key in on, although Elander could receive a promotion rather quickly if he can put together another solid offensive performance in high-A. Piloto, who skipped over Rome, was an international signing out of Cuba in June of 2013.
- RHP: Rafael Briceno, Tyler Brosius, Jermey Fitzgerald, Jean Carlos Gil, Francois Lafreniere, Carlos Salazar (20), Michael Swanner, Richie Tate, Andry Ubiera
- LHP: Chuck Buchanan, Jared Dettmann, Brady Feigl, Andy Otero
- C: Victor Caratini (9), Bryan De La Rosa (25)
- INF: Johan Camargo (21), Carlos Franco, Reed Harper, Joey Meneses, Mikey Reynolds, Jacob Schrader
- OF: Blake Brown, Cody Livesay, Jose Morel, Victor Reyes (13)
- DL: David Starn, Anthony Nunez
Rome will begin the season with two of the most exciting position players in the system, Victor Caratini and Victor Reyes. Caratini, who hit third for the futures team Saturday, features one of the best bats in the system, will look to stick as Rome's backstop for time time being. However, look for him to get reps at third, allowing another top-25 prospect, Bryan De La Rosa, to get work in behind the plate as well. 19-year-old Reyes is also quickly making a name for himself as one of the most promising overall prospects in the system. I won't embarrass Ethan here, but you can ask him for more NSFW details on Reyes. Johan Camargo is a Panamanian SS who looks to build on an impressive 2013 in Danville, making his way onto the TC top-25. On the mound, Carlos Salazar will be the top, and youngest, prospect to watch this upcoming season. The 19-year-old features at electric fastball, but will look to refine his command and secondary offerings this season. He and Andry Ubiera are two of our sleepers for the 2014 season.