I have previously written about Bryce Ball being a prospect to watch after his blazing start in rookie ball with the Danville Braves. He destroyed pitching in the Appalachian League, smashing 12 doubles and 13 homers while hitting .324, and it recently resulted in a promotion to Rome.
It’s a small sample size (3 games), but Ball is continuing to look like a diamond in the rough that the Braves found in the 24th round. He went 3-4 with a double in his Rome debut, followed it up with two more doubles in his second game, and then went 3-4 again with three singles last night. That adds up to a .571 batting average and a 1.357 OPS.
A college bat out of Dallas Baptist University, the Braves won’t be shy about moving him up the system if he continues to rake at this level. He could follow a similar path to that of CJ Alexander, who was a 20th round selection and began his first full year of professional ball in Florida with the FireFrogs. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued Alexander’s 2019, but both him and Ball will be bats to monitor going into 2020.