Jul 13, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; USA infielder D.J. Peterson (right) slides in for a double past the throw to World infielder Jose Peraza in the 4th inning during the All Star Futures Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves: Best of the High Minors 2014

Yesterday, we posted the results of a survey conducted by baseballamerica.com on the best of the major leagues:  best arms, best pitches, best tools, etc.  They have continued into the minor leagues with their survey, and today we give you the Braves’ farmhands ranking as the ‘Best Of’ in their high-minors leagues.


The surveys, more limited in scope this time (only one ‘winner’ for each category), can be seen in full here for AA leagues and here for the AAA leagues.  There are 3 Braves named here:


AAA – International League

Juan Jaime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Jaime, as you are likely aware, is currently in the majors.  In between call-ups, he had worked 35.2 innings at Gwinnett with a 3.79 ERA and 16 saves while finishing 31 games for the AAA affiliate.  Control continues to be an issue – 33 walks against 55 K’s in those AAA innings, but when he’s “on” Juan is very good.



AA – Southern League


Interesting that they distinguish between ‘fastest’ and ‘best’ base runner.  Peraza was tagged for the former, but not the latter.  Now recognize this:  Peraza still only has 40 games at AA.  Roughly 110 have been played in the league to this point – and Peraza was named #1 despite not even having played every team in the league yet!  He has 24 steals (7 times caught) and a .331 batting average, plus just one fielding error (mostly at second base now).  He doesn’t walk much (OBP .358), but does have 3 triples and 6 doubles… in just over 6 weeks in a ‘pitching rich’ league.


BEST RELIEVER – Shae Simmons.

While at Mississippi, Shae was unquestionably the best:  19 games finished, 14 saves in 23 innings.  He had a 0.78 ERA, an 0.91 WHIP, 30 strikeouts and 6 walks.  No wonder he was called up earlier in the year.  Unfortunately, of course, he is now on the shelf with tendonitis in his throwing shoulder.  I expect the team will be very cautious in bringing him back as a result.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Baseball America Jose Peraza Juan Jaime Shae Simmons

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