Braves prospect makes 2023 Futures Game

Braves roster moves

The rosters for the 2023 Futures Game have been announced, and the Braves had one prospect honored with the opportunity to play.

The Braves have been touted as one of the worst farm systems in baseball. That’s what happens when you graduate essentially an entire team to the majors and then trade away other top prospects for All-Stars like Matt Olson and Sean Murphy. But despite their poor ranking among the league’s farm systems, the Braves keep churning out major-league talent, and Spencer Schwellenbach is a prospect to be excited about.

The Braves drafted Spencer Schwellenbach out of Nebraska in the second round of the 2021 draft. He was a two-way player, but the Braves drafted him as a pitcher. Unfortunately, before ever appearing in a game professionally, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the 2021 season and all of 2022.

Schwellenbach made his professional debut this year, and he’s looked very promising for the Augusta Green Jackets, boasting a 2.76 ERA over 12 starts. He has a big arm that topped out at 99 at Nebraska, but his strikeout numbers have been a little underwhelming since returning from Tommy John. Still, Schwellenbach is one of the better pitchers in the entire system right now, and it will be exciting to see him compete against the best young talent on the planet in the Futures Game.

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