Braves manager Brian Snitker has seen firsthand the path that minor league players take to get to the big leagues. And he’s looking forward to seeing where along that path the current crop is when spring training begins next month.
Entering his 42nd year in the Braves’ organization, Snitker comes into his second full season leading Atlanta with young players like Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies and Max Fried on having been on the roster at the end of last season.
But the farm system still has plenty of products to promote as guys like Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley continue to rise through the ranks and perform well at every stop.
“We’ve been hearing about all of these guys that have come through Rome the last couple of years. Now they’ve burst onto the scene. So we’re excited to get to spring training and watch them go,” Snitker said Monday at the Rome Braves’ annual Hot Stove Gathering.
“The ones we brought up last year, I think they got some invaluable experience playing in the major leagues. So there are going to be a lot of guys who are going to come in, some of them some young players and pitchers, and they’re going to have a leg up on things.
“It is an exciting time right now to be an Atlanta Brave.”
New Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the status of the Braves’ farm system wasn’t a main reason he wanted the job, but it definitely was a “huge perk” when looking at the organization as a whole and he hopes that free agency can only make it better.
“So we just want to try to add to what everybody up and down the organization has already done,” he said. “I’ve said it’s one of the best jobs in sports for a lot of reasons — the city, the community — and the players certainly didn’t hurt at all, from the big leagues down to the minor league level.”