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2003 Wrapups: Atlanta Braves

With the 2003 minor league season coming to a close, we will be providing a brief wrapup of the season for all 30 minor league teams. In each report, we will take a look at how the team's Top 10 Prospects performed, identify some emerging prospects and organizational leaders, and report on the performance of their top draft pick.
Complete index of Team Wrapups               2003 League Wrapups

By Kevin Goldstein
September 18, 2003

Season Results

Level Team League W L PCT
AAA Richmond International 64 79 .448
AA Greenville Southern 68 70 .493
A+ Myrtle Beach Carolina 56 82 .406
A Rome* South Atlantic 78 61 .561
R+ Danville Appalachian 36 30 .545
R GCL Braves* Gulf Coast 38 22 .633
TOTAL 340 344 ..497
   * won league championship


Performance of Top 10 Prospects

Here's how our top 10 prospects entering this season performed in 2003. Major league statistics through games of September 16th.

1. Adam Wainwright, rhp      Age: 22
Solid season at Double-A. While not as overpowering as he was at the lower levels, he made strides in his control, and for the first time in his career did not run out of steam down the stretch, as he went 4-1, 2.06 in the final month of the season.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Greenville (Double-A) 10-8 0 3.37 27 149.2 133 59 56 37 128

2. Wilson Betemit, 3B      Age: 21
Another disappointing season at Triple-A, and with the transition from shortstop to third, he'll need to show even more with the bat. Made 28 errors and hit just .171 against lefthanders.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Richmond (Triple-A) 127 478 55 125 23 13 8 65 38 115 8 .262 .315 .414

3. Andy Marte, 3b      Age: 19
Hit .200-0-5 in April but .303-16-58 thereafter and led the Carolina League in extra-base hits while playing in one of the toughest hitter's parks in the minors. Doesn't turn 20 until late October.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Myrtle Beach (High Class A) 130 463 69 132 35 1 16 63 67 109 5 .285 .372 .469

4. Bubba Nelson, rhp      Age: 22
Last year's minor league ERA champ started slowly before putting up a 2.25 ERA in his final 10 starts. Moved to the bullpen in August as preparation for a possible look in the majors.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Greenville (Double-A) 8-10 0 3.18 23 119.0 106 47 42 45 77
Richmond (Triple-A) 0-1 0 1.88 11 14.1 10 3 3 5 7

5. Macay McBride, rhp      Age: 20
Last year's Sally League ERA champ struggled at times at Myrtle Beach, allowing nearly a hit per inning. But he proved he can be a workhorse with six-plus innings in each of his last 10 starts.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Myrtle Beach (High Class A) 9-8 0 2.95 27 162.2 164 64 54 39 139

6. Jeff Francouer, of      Age: 19
Strong season for last year's first-round pick who is playing baseball full-time for the first time. Like many players in their first full season, he ran out of gas (.238 over last 30 games) to bring down his final numbers.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Rome (Low Class A) 134 524 78 147 26 9 14 68 30 68 14 .281 .325 .445

7. Carlos Duran, of      Age: 20
A disappointing season as he didn't hit lefties, didn't hit righties, hit for less power and continued to struggle on the basepaths. He's just 34 for 62 on stolen bases over the past two years.
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Myrtle Beach (High Class A) 118 415 45 93 20 6 3 35 17 60 11 .224 .257 .323

8. Scott Thorman, 1b      Age: 21
Like Duran, Thorman also struggled at Myrtle Beach, although he did play in the Futures Game. Went through a 7-for-58 (.121) slump in April and finished the year by going 9-for-53 (.170).
TEAMG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Myrtle Beach (High Class A) 124 445 44 108 26 2 12 56 42 79 0 .243 .311 .391

9. Brett Evert, rhp      Age: 22
Now two years removed from his breakout 2001 campaign, Everett struggled to begin the season but found success after a move to the bullpen (2.55 ERA in 18 games). Given another shot in the rotation, he pitched 12 shutout innings in his first two outings, but went 1-3, 5.00 in his final five games.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Greenville (Double-A) 4-9 1 4.02 33 116.1 126 57 52 44 103

10. Gonzalo Lopez, rhp      Age: 19
Lopez made just three appearances for Greenville before going down with shoulder tendinitis, and then a suspension. He'll pitch again in instructional league.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Greenville (Double-A) 0-2 0 9.00 3 10.0 12 10 10 4 10


Top Draft Pick:

Luis Atilano, rhp    Gabriela Mistral HS, San Juan, P.R.   Bonus: $950K
Outperformed by other Braves draftees on the GCL championship squad, Atilano came on strong in the final month of the season and remains projectable.
Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
GCL Braves (Rookie) 3-2 0 3.83 12 54.0 61 25 23 7 24


Emerging Prospects:

Brian McCann, c: Second-round pick in 2002 became an offensive force at Rome, driving in a team-leading 71 runs for the Sally League champions.
Adam Laroche, 1b: The Braves may have their first baseman of the future in LaRoche, who hit .290-20-72 while splitting time between Greenville and Richmond.
Anthony Lerew, rhp: Last year's co-pitcher of the year in the Appy League was Rome's most consistent starter, finishing fourth in the ERA race (2.38) while limiting opposing hitters to a .215 average.


Statistical Leaders

Batting Average Johnny Estrada .328
Home Runs Adam LaRoche 20
Runs Batted In Adam LaRoche 72
Stolen Bases Gregor Blanco 34
Earned Run Average Anthony Lerew 2.38
Wins Blaine Boyer
Matt Wright
12
Strikeouts Andy Pratt 161
Saves Joe Dawley 23

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