Today marks MLB’s rollout of its new, re-organized minor league schema. The Braves have correspondingly announced how their farm teams will look for the 2021 season (and perhaps beyond):
“We are excited to invite these four teams to be part of the Braves player development system,” Braves Executive Vice President of Minor League Affiliates and Strategic Planning Chip Moore said. “The potential of having our four affiliates all within Braves Country allows our fans to follow their favorite players as they develop from prospects to major leaguers.”
Braves fans are at least somewhat familiar with the Gwinnett Stripers and Mississippi Braves, who have served as the affiliates for much of recent (and not-so-recent) history. The Stripers are, of course, the Braves’ Triple-A club, while the M-Braves are at the Double-A level.
Under this framework, the Rome Braves move from A-ball to High-A, which was previously held by the now-defunct-despite-the-cool-logo Florida Fire Frogs. The new addition, at the Low-A level, is the Augusta Greenjackets, who have been an affiliate of the Giants since 2005, and four other teams before then. In a bit of minor amusement, the Greenjackets club was previously based in Macon (1980 through 1987) — the Rome Braves are another club that was previously based in Macon (pre-2003) before moving to their current location.
This is all going to be a work-in-progress system as baseball gets its bearings back as best it can during 2021. For more on the overall re-organization, see Baseball America here ($).
But hey, the Augusta Greenjackets have a pretty cool logo, so that’s a thing. Stay tuned.