This is the final installment of a series initiated by a baseballamerica poll of managers in professional baseball at all levels. Their goals was to identify the players with the best tools and skills in their respective leagues. Our goal is to let you in on the Braves’ players that are recognized in these lists.
High-A – Carolina League
BEST DEFENSIVE SECOND BASEMAN – Jose Peraza.Okay, this may be a little confusing, but it’s actually pretty awesome. Yes – Jose was listed yesterday at the AA level for being the fastest base runner in the Southern League. Well, before his promotion, he was playing second base in the Carolina League for Lynchburg – 66 games. It’s also telling that while he was charged with 8 errors, the managers apparently believed that his defensive skills outweighed those miscues.
Additionally, this tells you what the evaluators – the managers – think of his defense on top of his base runner skills. When you add in his hitting (.342 at Lynchburg; currently .335 at Mississippi with 60 total steals), that tells you Jose has a chance to be something pretty special.
Oh – and he’s still just 20 years old.
BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP – Daniel Castro.
This is also pretty cool – the Braves continue to crank out superior middle infielders. Castro is actually listed as a second baseman, but won this recognition as shortstop. Like Peraza, Castro was also called up to AA Mississippi, having hit .292 at Lynchburg… and now .295 in 34 games playing shortstop with the M-Braves. Nice defense up the middle for Braves’ pitchers, with Peraza at 2nd and Castro handling SS. Castro is now 21 years old (22 in November) and is grinding his way through the system, too… just a step or so behind Peraza.
Low-A – South Atlantic (“Sally”) League
BEST INFIELD ARM – Johan Camargo
Only one name here, that belonging to the shortstop of the Rome Braves. Carmargo has played the most games on this team (109) and despite the award, still appears to be a work in progress in the field (30 errors). Still, he evidently have the arm for the position and a .273 batting average to go with it (15 doubles, 4 triples). Camargo is still just 20 years old himself – 21 in mid-December. He is a product of the Braves Dominican Summer League from 2012.