The Rome Braves have been selected as Baseball America’s Minor League Team of the Year. The award is based on a team’s success combined with the team’s talent. It involves looking back at how the team fared, but also looking forward as to what they believe the prospects on the team will be in the future.
“It’s not often the youngest team in the league wins the league, but in Rome’s case, the youngest team in the Sally League in over a decade ended up as the league’s best,” says JJ Cooper, Managing Editor of Baseball America. “It was extremely impressive how Rome’s young players caught up to the league in an up-and-down first half of the season, then surged ahead of everyone else in the second half.”
As the South Atlantic League Champions and a team filled with significant prospects, Rome met all the criteria. “We’re honored to receive this award from Baseball America as it recognizes the hard work of many people,” says Rome Braves General Manger Michael Dunn. “Congratulations to the coaching staff and players for bringing home the trophy and to all of the people who dedicate themselves to making State Mutual Stadium a great place for baseball. It’s an honor for all.”
Baseball America has been awarding the Minor League Team of the Year since 1993 and this is the first time an Atlanta Braves farm team has received the honor. “A minor league team with two or three top pitching prospects in a rotation is notable,” says Cooper. “Rome had six legitimate starting pitching prospects in its rotation. That could make this a team that is remembered for years to come.”
The Rome Braves 2017 home opener is Thursday April 13th against the Charleston RiverDogs.