In spite of the major league club’s 64-78 record thus far in 2017, the future of the Atlanta Braves organization continues to shine brightly.
Over this past weekend, 19-year-old prospect Ronald Acuña was named the Baseball America 2017 Minor League Player of the Year. Monday, Baseball America unveiled its all-star teams for prospects in High Class A, Double-A and Triple-A Classifications and two Braves — Alex Jackson and Mike Soroka — found themselves on their respective lists.
Jackson, the 21-year-old catcher and outfielder, was named to the High Class A Classification All-Star Team thanks to his .272/.333/.502 slash line with 14 home runs and 143 wRC+ over 66 games (282 plate appearances) with the Florida Fire Frogs. He was then promoted to Double-A Mississippi, where he finished the season batting .255 with four home runs over 30 games (120 plate appearances).
20-year-old Soroka landed on the Double-A Classification All-Star Team as the right-hander produced a 2.75 ERA, 3.19 FIP and 3.28 xFIP in 26 starts with Double-A Mississippi in 2017. Over 153 2⁄3 innings pitched, he compiled 125 strikeouts (7.32 K/9) and issued 34 walks (1.99 BB/9).
Although he wasn’t named to an All-Star Team — presumably due to his bouncing from level to level, starting the season with the Fire Frogs and ending up in Triple-A Gwinnett — it’s still worth noting that Acuña does currently sit at No. 10 in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list.
Things might still be a little bit shaky for the Braves at the major league level, but help does appear to be on its way in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully we can all take solace in that — at least for the time being.