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2014 Rome Braves


This is the last post of the opening rosters of the Braves’ four full-season minor league affiliates.  Rome has been the Braves class-A affiliate since 2003 when the affiliation moved from Macon.  Rome is the Braves choice of sub-AA affiliates covered by MiLB.tv this year, so this roster is the one Braves’ fans can watch every game on if they so choose, and there are some very fun players to watch on this roster.  I’m going to go in reverse of the Lynchburg roster order and start with outfielders.

Outfield - Blake Brown, Cody Livesay, Jose Morel, Victor Reyes
Reyes could make a good argument as the most exciting prospect on the entire Rome roster. His speed and power combination will be tested in spacious State Mutual Stadium, one of the toughest home run parks in the minor leagues. He’s going to be one of the youngest players at the level, but that will be a theme for this year’s Rome club, who will feature many younger-than-league-average players.

Infield - Johan Camargo, Carlos Franco, Reed Harper, Joey Meneses, Mikey Reynolds, Jacob Schrader
A lot of guys with something to prove in this list, but Camargo is one for fans to keep an eye on.  He’s been a solid contact hitter with very good defense up the middle thus far.  Harper is another up the middle defender with a very good eye at the plate, but his skills at 2B/SS may be behind his skills at the plate, likely leading to a utility role going forward if he isn’t a standout anywhere defensively.

Caratini

Caratini

Catcher - Victor Caratini, Bryan De La Rosa
This is easily the premier talent area of the team.  Caratini and De La Rosa could be considered the #2 and #3 catchers in the entire Braves system, and they’re both on one squad.  Caratini is more of a bat-first player who would be immensely valuable if he can stick behind the plate, but his true future position may be third base.  De La Rosa is a prototypical catcher in stature and defensive skills, but his bat is what the Braves want to see mature in Rome.  Combining the two would possibly be one of the best catching prospects in the whole game, but each has a chance to be a premier player down the line.  Caratini is personally one of my favorite prospects, and I like him a lot out from behind the plate at 3B.  His bat has taken leaps forward already, and there’s really no one blocking him from a quick ascent up the system at 3B like there is at catcher.

Pitchers - Rafael Briceno, Tyler Brosius, Chuck Buchanan, Jared Dettmann, Brady Feigl, Jermey Fitzgerald, Jean Carlos Gil, Francois Lafreniere, Andy Otero, Carlos Salazar, Michael Swanner, Richie Tate, Andry Ubiera
Carlos Salazar is the big name here, but there are a lot of young pitchers to keep an eye on.  There is not a single pitcher on this team born in the 80s, which is the first Braves full-season opening day roster to be able to say that.  Chuck Buchanan is one to keep an eye on as a college lefty with a good frame (6’5, 220) from the 2013 draft class with a lot of polish, albeit not high-end “stuff” that allowed him to drop down to the 18th round last June.

The Rome Braves are managed by Jonathan Schuerholz with Bobby Moore, Gabriel Luckert, Nestor Perez, and Tim Straus rounding out the coaching staff.

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  • Gary

    Anyone on the horizon from Danville or the GCL ranks coming up ?
    Several guys working there way around that league ( Rookie) that have some talent.
    Any news on the guys in Orlando ?

    • Benjamin Chase

      We’re not yet sure who will be starting where as far as Danville and GCL are concerned. To my knowledge the placement of those guys who aren’t on one of the full-season rosters has not been announced yet. Usually they wait until after the draft to do a lot of that.

      • Gary

        True, just have been seeing several guys coming off the extended Spring training and the GLC rosters headed to Rome , and some guys from Rome going back down to Danville.
        As folks get hurt or dont live up to expectations , they seem to be moving around already
        Just what I am seeing…….wondered if you had an early heads up

        • Benjamin Chase

          You can go to the teams’ pages to see who’s been assigned there thus far, but that’s all subject to change of course. Danville opens the season on June 19, and GCL opens on June 20. Danville’s site has a good listing of guys, including notable names like Wes Parsons and Connor Lien. GCL’s site is a little more clunky than Danville’s, but they do list Daniel Cordero on their site’s roster page among others.

          We’ll certainly be doing some posts like this for those squads once the official announcements have been made. Good to have such interest in all levels of the minors! Thanks!!

          • Gary

            Also, what can you tell me about Rome;s new addition from Sioux Falls?
            a 5″10″ first baseman ? I am not being critical but this is what I am asking
            …..no one from Danville or GCL to step up ?
            We now have like 10 infielders at Rome……..and make it 11 when Caratini plays 3rd.
            only 3 outfielders…….just an observation

          • Benjamin Chase

            I’m assuming you’re discussing A.J. Kirby-Jones. He was actually in San Diego’s system last year and has big power, but got very exposed at AA with San Diego last season. The Braves signed him as a minor league free agent, and his first assignment is Rome, which is an odd spot for a guy who spent half the year in AA, so it may be less about no one from below to bump up as he got put in Rome because there are better 1B options at the levels above him (or the Braves feel he needs to regain some confidence after a .693 OPS in AA last season). The infielder dilemma is odd, but outside of Camargo, they don’t have anyone who’s really profiling highly defensively, so running guys like Harper and Franco out to the outfield could be something that they do over the course of the season to possibly help them climb the ladder.

          • Gary

            Thanks for the info.
            anxious to see him at the plate……..we need a shot of adrenaline there

          • Gary

            Ben,

            we didnt have to wait long…..Kirby -Jones first at bat was a HR………..he’s DH tonight

          • Benjamin Chase

            I have a feeling that he’ll be fairly dominant at the plate in Rome. It will be moving up to Lynchburg and then Mississippi that will tell if this was a good signing by the Braves. Of course, the team just released Mejia who’s a more advanced version of what Kirby-Jones could be, so one could argue it was a one-for-one deal with Mejia for Kirby-Jones, and hopefully he doesn’t get tagged with that sort of tag by Braves minor league fans.

          • Gary

            guess like all the rest , we just watch and wait.
            Thanks

          • Gary

            Didn’t even realize they had released AJ Kirby-Jones until I saw his name pop up back on an un-affiliated Roster out west. What happened? Not a good deal it sounds like.
            Seems it must have been something bad to just get him released in a very short period of time.
            Also, saw that DeLaRosa was sent to Danville…….and Sears got brought up?
            I got to see several GCL games last summer and the one catcher they havent mentioned was Murphy. Drafted in 4th round last year and has better pop time, arm, and defensive skills than any of the GCL catchers I saw ( there were 5) And of the 5 one is now in Rome ( Sears) and one is in Lynchburg ( Odom) Maybe it is because Murphy just turned 19 and the other 2 ( Odom and Sears) are college guys 22, 23 yrs old range……I have been told it is all about development, but shouldn’t talent count along the way ?

          • Gary

            well I tell ya Boss….I sure hated to see them lose last night
            way to many runs up to crater in the 9th
            and as a observation, we need to leave Caratini at 3rd…..and get him on the path to play 3rd. Not sure if our other catcher is ready …..batting 130 now?..so bring another up from somewhere..and send one of those other 9 infielders down……lets have Caratini an everyday player at 3rd…

          • Benjamin Chase

            De La Rosa is a very good defensive catcher from all reports. He catches about twice as many base-stealers as Caratini by percentage, and they don’t run on him near as often, so that is likely somewhat of a mental relief on the pitchers as well. I would bet he takes his lumps offensively at Rome this year, and he’s probably a one-level-at-a-time sort of catcher. My guess is that Caratini’s bat may have him promoted in June/July to Lynchburg where Tyler Tewell is hitting very well as part of a three-headed catching grouping for the HIllcats. That will give Caratini more time at 3B as Kevin Ahrens is likely not going to hold back a legit prospect at 3B.

          • Gary

            ok, just was looking at stats, Caratini 1 PB in 14 games 4/14 cs
            DeLaRosa 3PB in 14….7/18 CS………..
            so maybe I just am paying too much attn to batting ave.

          • Gary

            He’s having a tough time ….not throwing out twice as much as anyone by percentage now. Lumps……..yep , you are definitely right about lumps

          • Gary

            Well, De La Rosa is now about to drop below the .100 mark in BA.
            I saw a comment on Talking Chop about some Rome players needing to head back to
            Extended Spring training, well if De La Rosa isn’t one of them, I cant imagine who else is. I guess I understand in Low A it isn’t about winning, it is about bringing up talent
            in the right way, but the kid hasnt hit in a while. .034 in the last 10 games…..
            No one in Orlando to replace the catching spot?

            Also, whats up with Tyler Tewell? Is he injured? 7 day yeah yeah, but why doesnt anyone ever give any details on these guys?