It’s no secret the Braves farm system has seen a ton of turnover. Atlanta didn’t completely gut what they had left at the trade deadline, but they did say goodbye to longtime staple Tucker Davidson. Luckily, some guys are stepping up to help improve the farm’s outlook. I already talked about how Vaughn Grissom could have a Michael Harris-Esque ascent. Now, prospect Darius Vines is catching eyes:
Here's the latest Prospect Team of the Week, led by a first-timer who is one of the most interesting stories in the Minor Leagues: https://t.co/q2WRGHwn3V pic.twitter.com/dtfW0Cl8IC
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 1, 2022
MLB Pipeline has some high praise for Vines, who put up a ridiculous 0.75 ERA in July over two starts:
RHP: Darius Vines, Mississippi Braves (Double-A)
Braves No. 11
1-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 0.67 WHIP
With the exception of one terrific start of seven scoreless innings, Vines struggled in June, posting a 7.83 ERA across five outings. His July was a tremendous rebound. In five starts, the right-hander put up a 3-0 record and 1.17 ERA and was his best in his final two appearances. Vines’ best outing came on July 23, when he allowed just one hit and struck out 10 against one walk over six scoreless innings at Montgomery. Six days later, he scattered six hits over six innings and picked up the win by allowing just one run at Pensacola, striking out four without issuing a walk. Vines dropped his season ERA from 5.45 at the end of June to 4.14 by the end of July.
With Tucker Davidson in Los Angeles following the Raisel Iglesias trade, Vines should slot into Atlanta’s Top 10 (according to MLB Pipeline). If he keeps this up, he should climb a lot higher.
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