Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Atlanta Braves

1 Julio Teheran 1/27/1991 rhp Atlanta Braves
2 J.R. Graham 1/14/1990 rhp Mississippi Braves (AA)
3 Christian Bethancourt 9/2/1991 c Mississippi Braves (AA)
4 Sean Gilmartin 5/8/1990 lhp Gwinnett Braves (AAA)
5 Lucas Sims 5/10/1994 rhp Rome Braves (LoA)
6 Mauricio Cabrera 9/22/1993 rhp Rome Braves (LoA)
7 Alex Wood 1/12/1991 lhp Mississippi Braves (AA)
8 Evan Gattis 8/18/1986 of/c Atlanta Braves
9 Jose Peraza 4/30/94 ss Rome Braves (LoA)
10 Todd Cunningham 3/20/89 of Gwinnett Braves (AAA)


braves-900x635HE’S WHERE? Lefthander Alex Wood, last year’s second-round selection, will advance directly to Double-A Mississippi for his initial full-season assignment, following the precedent set by first-round lefties Mike Minor (2009) and Sean Gilmartin (2011). In position-shift news, the Braves moved 2012 sixth-rounder Josh Elander from catcher to left field as he begins with low Class A Rome.

WHO’S MISSING: The Braves broke camp in surprisingly good health. Among significant prospects, only righty reliever Juan Jaime begins on the high Class A Lynchburg disabled list.

GO SEE: Rome will feature power righties Mauricio Cabrera and Lucas Sims, last year’s first-rounder, as well as speedy shortstop Jose Peraza, and switch-hitting third baseman Carlos Frano. Elsewhere, the Mississippi rotation features Wood and righties J.R. Graham, Aaron Northcraft, Cody Martin and Gus Schlosser throwing to catcher Christian Bethancourt.