Random Prospect Sunday – Zack Soria

Sixteen days after the Atlanta Braves season ended against Tommy Greene, Mitch Williams, and the Philadelphia Phillies, a future Brave was born in Chicago. Born to Robert and Deborah Soria, Zack Soria is the oldest of three children. It didn’t take long for Soria to find the game of baseball. Almost since he learned to walk, Soria has had a ball, a bat, or a glove nearby. With any luck in his new career, that…

Random Prospect Sunday – Leudys Baez

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter You take a chance on raw potential. Sometimes, it never develops and other times, only a portion of the potential is transferred into game talent. But on the off chance the player starts to figure it out and more of that raw potential begins to show up in games, you will be forever grateful you took a chance on that player. In 2012, the Washington Nationals took a chance…

Random Prospect Sunday – Corbin Clouse

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter In their history, the Braves have only had one player reach the majors after being selected in the 27th round and signed right after the draft. That man was 1983 Notre Dame High School alum, Mark Lemke. I’m not saying Corbin Clouse will one day be held in as high of a regard as the Lemmer, but with the way the left-hander is pitching, it’s not impossible. Clouse was born…

Random Prospect Sunday – Brett Cumberland

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter “A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn’t the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn’t going to say every day, ‘Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one?’” – Bill Dickey Twenty-two year-old Brett Cumberland could play other positions. He has in him the potential to hit extremely well and that can…

Random Prospect Sunday – Chad Sobotka

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter In what would become Frank Wren’s final draft with the Atlanta Braves, the team went pitcher-heavy early with college arms. They took the freakishly tall Max Povse in the third round and in the fifth round, landed productive Miami Hurricanes lefty Chris Diaz. Between those picks, with the 133rd overall selection, the Braves went with a righty from the small University of South Carolina Upstate, Chad Sobotka. A year…

Random Prospect Sunday – Randy Ventura

By Jeff Morris. Follow him on Twitter @AtlBravesJeff There’s speed and then there’s Randy Ventura speed. The hyper-quick 19-year-old has some attractive skills – some of which made Jose Peraza and Mallex Smith intriguing to Braves’ fans over the last few seasons. Will Ventura follow their path to the majors? Hard to bet against him at this point. Born July 11, 1997, Ventura has the rare honor of being born on the same day as…

Random Prospect Sunday – Evan Phillips

Jeff Morris. Follow him on Twitter @AtlBravesJeff When the 17th round of the 2015 MLB draft began, Evan Phillips was waiting for his name to be called. A right-hander out of UNC-Wilmington, Phillips had been promised by the New York Yankees that when the 18th pick of the round – and #513th overall – came up, it would be his name that would be called. You can imagine that Phillips had a moment where he…