Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Once a Brave, Always a Brave - The Indies

Last week, I looked at the former Braves players who opened up the season with another major league team. This week, I'm going to shift gears and look at the independent leagues and what former Braves are scattered around. This proves quite difficult because rosters aren't even finalized and these leagues aren't quite as interested in updating their websites in a timely manner. This makes this list not nearly exhaustive, but I believe it's a fun look at trying to see who is still around kicking it in towns like Laredo or Lancaster.

American Association
P Winston Abreu (Joplin)
C Yenier Bello (Joplin)
...Cuban defector signed last year, but cut near the end of spring training.
P Billy Bullock (Sioux City)
...Braves acquired him in exchange for Scott Diamond.
1B Ian Gac (St. Paul)
P Ty'Relle Harris (Grand Prairie)
P Kerry Ligtenberg (St. Paul)
...No, he's not playing. He's their pitching coach.
OF Byron Wiley (Laredo)

Atlantic League
OF Brian Barton (Sugar Land)
2B Brooks Conrad (Sugar Land)
...Hit a homer for the Padres last year, but is headed to the Atlantic League to try to prolong his career.
OF Brandon Jones (York)
...Was once a pretty good looking prospect, but the last time he played regular season ball in organized ball was with the Milwaukee organization in 2011.
3B Mat Gamel (Somerset)
...Not technically a Brave. Never even played a spring training game. Was cut by the Yankees this spring training.
P Anthony Lerew (York)
...Remember how we were high on this guy?
P James Parr (Sugar Land)
...Things were desperate in 2008. This guy started five games.
P Cody Scarpetta (Bridgeport)
...Kind of sad that Scarpetta isn't still around. Last season, he was part of the back-to-back no-hitters by the Hillcats. Would have loved had he got another shot to see if he could put it together.
OF Daryle Ward (Southern Maryland)
...How amazing is baseball that Ward, who played twenty games with the Braves in 2006, is still trying to stick around?

Frontier League
IF Matt Weaver (Joliet)

Pacific Association
OF Chase Fontaine (San Rafael)
...Back in 2006, the Braves selected Fontaine in the second round. He played with the Rays and Royals organizations, but since 2010, has bounced around between the Can-Am, Frontier, and Pacific Leagues. Not positive he's back with San Rafael as their rosters haven't been introduced for 2015.

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