#Braves outfield prospect Drew Waters has been named MVP of the Southern League. At 20 yrs old, Waters is the youngest player to win the league MVP since Delmon Young in 2005 at the age of 19 and is the first @mbraves player ever to win the award.@680TheFan— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) August 28, 2019
Wednesday brought with it some exciting yet unsurprising news as Atlanta minor league outfielder Drew Waters was named the 2019 Southern League MVP. Waters’ MVP carries historical value, as he is the youngest winner since Delmon Young in 2005. He also is the first Mississippi Braves player to win the Southern league MVP award.
There is plenty of evidence to support Waters earning the award, as it is hard to argue there was a better all-around offensive player in the Southern League. Waters led the league in hits, doubles, triples, and batting average. He was second in OPS and Total bases ( 1 short of being tied for league lead). He also finished in the top 10 in runs, on-base percentage, and OPS. Obviously, his promotion to Triple-A a few weeks ago was certainly well deserved.
Along with fellow outfielder Christian Pache, Waters has seen his value as a prospect steadily rise in 2019. He arguably has been one of the biggest breakout stories across the entire minor league landscape this season. While it is unlikely either will reach the majors this year, both could force the Braves’ hand in 2020. Waters has had one of the better offensive years in recent memory for a Braves prospect. Both the franchise and Braves fans should be proud of his accomplishments.