The Atlanta Braves announced Tuesday that catcher Shea Langeliers and pitcher Bryce Elder are their Minor League Players of the Year.
Langeliers is the team’s Hank Aaron Award winner as the club’s top minor league position player. He spent the entire season with Double-A Mississippi and was a key piece of their championship season. He hit 22 home runs and finished with an .836 OPS. Langeliers is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the minors and threw out 28 of 69 potential base stealers (40.6%). He was the Double-A South Player of the Week for June 25-30 and put together a 13-game hitting streak from July 24-August 13.
Elder is the recipient of the Phil Neikro Award as the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year. He advanced from High-A all the way to Triple-A during the season posting a 2.76 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings. He walked just 52 and limited opposing batters to a .194 average.
Elder joined Gwinnett on August 17 and became the first member of Atlanta’s 2020 draft class to reach Triple-A. He made six starts for the Stripers allowing eight earned runs in 32 2/3 innings while recording 36 strikeouts.