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Braves' Kilpatrick waddles in new era of Rome baseball

Atlanta's outfield prospect unleashes new Emperors celebration
April 6, 2024

Fans of the Braves' High-A affiliate in Rome, Georgia, got to see a brand new franchise take the field at AdventHealth Stadium in Friday's 4-0 season-opening victory -- and with that, a brand new on-the-field celebration. Previously known as the Rome Braves, the club unveiled its new identity as the

Stripers seal victory -- with a successful ABS challenge

Gwinnett had a ball call reserved to strike three for the final out
April 6, 2024

Grant Holmes hooked the breaking ball into the corner of the strike zone. The umpire didn’t think so. Sandy León, Holmes’ catcher with Triple-A Gwinnett, had faith. León used an Automated Ball-Strike (ABS) challenge, which showed the curveball touching the zone on the upper-outside edge. With a technological assist on

Check out the new Copa de la Diversión identities 

Five teams join in for the first time, three more are rebranding
March 19, 2024

2024 marks the seventh season of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión program in which teams assume alternate identities that engage with and celebrate their region's Hispanic fan base. Nighty-eight MiLB teams are participating in Copa de la Diversión this season, the most ever, for a total that represents

Road to The Show™: Braves’ Waldrep

Armed with elite splitter, No. 90 prospect could reach Majors soon
February 13, 2024's Road to the Show Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked Braves’ prospect Hurston Waldrep. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Hurston

M-Braves announce move to Columbus, Georgia 

Atlanta's Double-A affiliate will leave Mississippi after 2024 season
January 10, 2024

The Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate, announced Tuesday that they will relocate to Columbus, Ga., following the 2024 season. The Southern League franchise, commonly referred to as the M-Braves, have played at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., since 2005. Previously owned by the Atlanta Braves, the M-Braves were purchased by

Smith-Shawver, De Avila lead Braves' Org. All-Stars

Duo of arms showcase strength of Atlanta's pitcher-heavy system
December 15, 2023

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Atlanta Braves. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Gwinnett: 70-78 Double-A

The Show Before the Show: Episode 435

Wrapping up Winter Meetings; Braves' McCabe talks Fall League
December 8, 2023

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Ben's Biz MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
November 25, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

High-A Rome enters whole new era as Emperors

Atlanta affiliate transforms into regal, kid-friendly penguins identity
November 16, 2023

Rome, Georgia, got its name because, like its Italian counterpart, the city was built within seven hills and the rivers that run between them. At a ballpark event on Thursday evening, Rome’s Minor League Baseball team further solidified the connection between the two seemingly disparate locales. The Rome Emperors have

For Owen Murphy, It's About Growth

August 18, 2023

Owen Murphy walked off the mound at Carilion Clinic Field in Salem, Virginia with a smile on his face. Four days later, the smile would return as the Carolina League named him as their Player of the Week, Murphy’s first league-wide honor. The first full professional season for Atlanta’s 2022

Rome announces name change for 2024 season

High-A affiliate of the Braves welcomes fan ideas on new moniker
August 14, 2023

A new era will begin for Rome in 2024. The Rome Braves, Atlanta's High-A affiliate, announced last week that the team will play with a new name next year. The club is soliciting input from fans in coming up with a new moniker, with a submissions process open through Friday.

Augusta suited for rally with 15 unanswered runs

Braves affiliate sets season-high scoring output in just two frames
July 28, 2023

There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks in Minor League Baseball, where no lead is safe. Look no further than the Carolina League, where Single-A Augusta scored 15 unanswered runs, all in the last two innings, to stun Charleston in a 15-8 win on Thursday night at Joseph P.

Déjà vu for De Avila with another hitless start

Braves lefty extends his no-hit streak to 11 innings for M-Braves
July 23, 2023

Luis De Avila was unhittable on Sunday and has been for some time now; in fact, you have to go back to July 7 to find the last time he allowed a hit. The No. 28 Braves prospect spun his second consecutive no-hit start for Double-A Mississippi, going six innings

Dunand hits 13th HR in front of Uncle A-Rod

Braves infield prospect fittingly pops latest long ball for Stripers
July 4, 2023

Joe Dunand has been tearing the cover off the baseball this year. But on Monday night, with uncle Alex Rodriguez in the stands, he went the extra mile, or 363 feet, to be exact. The Braves prospect launched his 13th home run of the season in the sixth inning with

Shewmake earns stripes with Gwinnett's first cycle

Braves' No. 5 prospect hits milestone after tweaking his mechanics
June 28, 2023

Braden Shewmake had been struggling at the plate. The fifth-ranked Braves prospect was not playing up to his usual standard and his body continued to bark at him. In need of some changes, he worked with Atlanta hitting coordinator Chris Antariksa and special assistant Greg Walker. They helped Shewmake fix

The Road to The Show™: Braves’ Murphy

2022 first-rounder at the forefront of Atlanta’s latest arms race
June 20, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Braves prospect Owen Murphy. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Last year, the Braves turned to pitching to replenish

Augusta dials long distance 4 times in unique win

Braves' Single-A club collects four runs on four hits -- all homers
June 13, 2023

Four swings, four runs and a win. Easy, right? In a game that might otherwise be classified as a run-of-the-mill June contest, Single-A Augusta not only matched a club record, it put itself in some rare company in the sport itself. Buoyed by four solo homers -- two each from

What's in a date? For Rome, a pair of no-no's

Braves' High-A affiliate logs 9-inning milestone 18 years since last
June 7, 2023

On June 7, 2005, Braves prospects James Parr and Angelo Burrows combined to throw a no-hitter for the Rome Braves against the Savannah Sand Gnats, a then-Mets affiliate. As fate would have it, exactly 18 years later, Atlanta prospects Daniel Martinez and Luis Vargas combined to no-hit the Hickory Crawdads,

Draft Picks: Stripers serve up historical Pilsner

Gwinnett, Pontoon Brewing collaborate on signature 6-4-3 beer
May 9, 2023

This is the first in a series of Draft Picks articles about clubs crafting unique and interesting beers for their respective fan bases. Others in the series: Spokane's Redband Tangerine Wheat Beer, Fayetteville's Birdy Brew and Kannapolis' Baller Beer.

Here's the best of the Braves' Minor League ballparks 

Travel across the South in a journey through the Atlanta system
April 17, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

Atlanta's Dean savoring time in Winter League

Braves outfield prospect making most of his experience in Mexico
February 7, 2023

The foundation to become a boy of summer is often created in the dead of winter. For Justin Dean, it's all part of the path to the Major Leagues. Having reached the precipice of The Show last season, the Braves' outfield prospect understands baseball doesn't end when the shadows grow

The Road to The Show™: Braves’ Shuster

Atlanta’s No. 2 prospect stands out in stacked group of pitchers
October 25, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at second-ranked Braves prospect Jared Shuster. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Jared Shuster is on the verge of breaking into

Malloy, Shuster make strides toward Atlanta

Braves tap into local talent as dynasty builds through system
October 14, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Atlanta Braves.

Minor League coaches pitching in at Futures Game

Tuiasosopo, Ramos on NL staff for upcoming prospect showcase
July 15, 2022

There are some mysteries that are better left unsolved. Last month, Cesár Ramos had a typical call with Phillies farm director Preston Mattingly about an atypical topic. Mattingly’s chat with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley pitching coach wasn’t to check in on a member of the IronPigs’ pitching staff, but gauge

Braves' De Avila fans 9 en route to no-no

Colombian southpaw spins Rome's first no-hitter since 2005
July 2, 2022

Luis De Avila's professional career has been the opposite of straight and narrow, but he rewrote his own script in Saturday's performance. The 21-year-old put together the best performance of his young career, a seven-inning no-hitter to lead High-A Rome to a 5-0 win over Greenville. He allowed three walks,