Here's a look at how the Braves draft picks did this summer in the short season leagues.
Short-season league leaders
Casey Hodges, drafted in the 23rd round of the June draft out of Mount Olive College in North Carolina, finished second in the Appalachian League with a 2.47 ERA. Hodges finished 4-5 in 12 games, with 57 hits allowed in 69.1 innings, 19 earned runs, only 16 walks, and 56 strikeouts.
David Francis finished fourth in the Appy League with 69 strikeouts. The big right-hander was 5-3 in 11 games (eight starts) with a 2.35 ERA. Francis allowed 38 hits in 53.2 innings, 14 earned runs, 17 walks, and 69 strikeouts. Francis was drafted in the 12th round out of Walters State Community College in Tennessee.
Randall Delgado finished second in the Appy League with 81 strikeouts and 30 walks. Delgado also was ninth in the league with a 3.13 ERA and he led the league with eight losses. Delgado allowed 63 hits in 69 innings pitched.
Third baseman Jon Gilmore led the Appy League with 87 hits and with 23 doubles. The right-handed hitter was tied for third with a .337 batting average. Gilmore hit four home runs in Danville and drove in 31, with only 41 strikeouts. Gilmore is finishing the season in Rome in the South Atlantic League.
First baseman Gerardo Rodriguez led the Appy League with 49 RBI and finished third with 13 home runs. Rodriguez hit .253 on the season with a .310 on base percentage and 11 doubles.
Robert Brooks was third in the GCL with a .426 OBP and fourth with a .329 batting average. Brooks, the 20th rounder from June, hit three home runs and drove in 20. He was the GCL Braves' main second baseman.
Jake Hanson, Atlanta's 14th round pick in June, tied for third in the GCL with 36 runs scored. The third baseman hit .246 on the season with three home runs and 17 RBI.
Chad Maddox tied for the GCL lead with 16 doubles. The outfielder hit .252 on the season with four home runs and 22 RBI but only a .288 OBP.
Zeke Spruill led the GCL with seven wins. Atlanta's second round pick was 7-0 with a 2.93 ERA in ten games (three starts) on the season.
Elys Blanco led the DSL with a .434 on base percentage. Blanco was the DSL's second baseman and hit .304 with no home runs, 24 RBI, and 24 stolen bases.
Daniel Falcon was third in the DSL with a .525 slugging percentage. Falcon played first, third, and the outfield for the DSL team and hit .296 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 179 at bats.
Alberto Odreman was tied for second in the DSL with ten home runs. The first baseman hit .286 with 41 RBI in 213 at bats, with a .398 OBP.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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