VIERA, Fla. – Bobby Cox will have plenty of top prospects to choose from (and new nicknames to create in a hurry) when the former Braves skipper manages the “Futures Team” against the current Braves Tuesday night at Triple-A Gwinnett’s Coolray Field.
Cox’s team will feature several prospects who made strong impressions this year in major league camp, including catcher Christian Bethancourt, third baseman Joey Terdoslavich and left-handed starter Sean Gilmartin. Terdoslavich will begin the season at Gwinnett, while Bethancourt and Gilmartin will be at Double-A Mississippi.
Other notable prospects include outfielders Matt Lipka (high-A Lynchburg) and Todd Cunningham (Double-A Missisippi), catcher Evan Gattis (Lynchburg), third basemen Edward Salcedo (Lynchburg) and Brandon Drury (Class-A Rome), and Gwinnett right-handers J.J. Hoover and Jaye Chapman.
Others on the 25-man Futures roster include lefties Luis Avilan (MIS), Ryan Buchter (MIS), Matt Chaffee (LYN) and Ronan Pacheco (LYN); righties J.R. Graham (LYN), David Hale (MIS), Mark Lamm (MIS) and Gus Schlosser (LYN); infielders Nick Ahmed (LYN), William Beckwith (ROM), Phil Gosselin (MIS), Tommy La Stella (LYN) and Elmer Reyes (ROM); and outfielders Adam Milligan (MIS) and David Rohm (LYN).