The 2006 GCL Braves were all about pitching this year. Many of the offensive players were disappointments but the pitching was tremendous. There were seven pitchers that really stood out to me. I will list them alphabetically because I don't want to rank them.
Evarts is a big 6'3'' lefty who was taken in this year's draft. In 11 games (9 starts), Evarts went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He walked 12 and struck out 33 in 43 innings while not allowing a home run all year.
Kent was a lefty who was taken in this year's draft as well. He walked 16 against only 20 strikeouts in 36 innings but he did finish the year with 12 straight scoreless innings. Overall he was 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA.
Feliz is a young right hander from the Dominican Republic who put up some great peripheral numbers this year. In 29 innings he allowed only 20 hits and struck out 42 for a 1.17 WHIP and 4.03 ERA. He also did not allow any homers. His ERA seems a little inflated given his low WHIP and high strikeout total.
Locke is another good looking lefty taken by the Braves in this year's draft. He went 4-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 games. His hit total was high, 38 hits in 32 innings, but he only walked 5 and struck out 38 over those 32 innings. Locke has a good arm and could make great strides next year.
Mehlich is an 18 year old right hander who went 1-0 with a 3.22 ERA for the GCL Braves. In 22.1 innings he struck out 25 and walked only 7. His WHIP was right around 1.00.
Ortegano is a very small left hander who enjoyed some success with the GCL Braves this year. In 46.1 innings, he only walked 10 batters and struck out 31. His ERA was 3.30 and his WHIP was 1.15.
The Braves have yet another strong young lefty in Chad Rodgers. Chad went 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He also struck out 30 in 39 innings pitched while only allowing 31 hits.
That great crop of young pitchers makes the offensive players look pretty bad. Here are some of the notables.
Miles was taken late in last year's draft and really came around this year batting leadoff for the GCL Braves. He hit .307 with 22 walks and only 20 strikeouts in 114 at-bats. He stole 18 bags in 20 attempts while his OBP was great as well at .432.
Coe was taken in this year's draft and started off red hot before cooling off toward the end of the season. His early power surge left him with 7 homers on the season to go along with 32 RBI's. He hit .269 with an OBP of .343.
Johnson is on this list because he was the top pick of the draft and not because he did well because he really struggled. Johnson hit .184 in 114 at-bats and hit only one homer. His .281 slugging percentage is even worse considering power was his biggest strength coming out of high school. On the bright side, he is still really young and there is probably not a lot to worry about right now.