The Braves have named right-hander J.R. Graham their minor league pitcher of the year and outfielder Todd Cunningham their minor league player of the year. Those two as well as pitchers and players of the year at each of their minor league levels will be honored at Turner Field Saturday before the start of the Braves-Nationals game at 4 p.m.
The players will be available for an autograph session and Q and A with fans from 2:15-3:15 p.m. at the fan plaza at Turner Field. They will be presented with their awards on the field at about 3:45 p.m.
Graham, a fourth-round pick out of Santa Clara in 2011, went 12-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 26 starts this season for Single-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. He had 110 strikeouts and only 34 walks in 148 innings combined at the two levels.
Cunningham, a second round pick from Jacksonville State in 2010, returned from an injury-plagued 2011 to hit .309 (144-for-466) in 120 games for Double-A Mississippi, with 23 doubles, six triples, three home runs, 51 RBIs and 24 steals.
The Braves minor league pitchers and players of the year at each level were (respectively): Cory Gearrin, Ernesto Mejia (Triple-A Gwinnett); Sean Gilmartin, Joe Leonard (Double-A Mississippi); Gus Schlosser, Nick Ahmed (high-A Lynchburg); Navery Moore, William Beckwith (low-A Rome), Mauricio Cabrera, Carlos Franco (rookie Danville), Luis Merejo, Jose Peraza (rookie Gulf Coast League), and Michael Flores, Johan Camargo (Dominican Summer League).