The Braves added one of their most intriguing prospects to the player pool today in Bryce Ball, a 6’6″, 240-pound lefty bat out of Dallas Baptist University, which is likely a result of Freddie Freeman catching the coronavirus.
The Braves aren’t very deep at first base and might be able to use Ball’s power in an emergency situation. Although I highly doubt that happens. At the very least, this is an opportunity for the youngster, who was selected in the 24th round of last year’s draft, to get some more experience since there won’t be a minor league season.
In his first professional stint, Ball lit up the Appalachian League, hitting 13 bombs in just 41 games and continued his success in Rome, tallying another 4 homers in 21 games. He also hit .329 over both levels with a 1.029 OPS. It’s disappointing we won’t get to see him build on that campaign over a full season in the minors this year, but adding him to the taxi squad shows just how highly the organization thinks of him.
We had Bryce on the SportsTalkATL podcast at the end of last season to discuss his explosive rise up Braves prospect charts. To listen, click this link. He’s definitely a prospect to watch.