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Gulf Coast League Braves

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The Gulf Coast League Braves are the rookie-level minor league baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The team plays at CoolToday Park in North Port. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and other countries.

Gulf Coast League Braves
Founded in 1976
(1964-1967, 1976-present)
North Port, Florida
Atlanta Braves Insignia.svg
Cap insignia
Class-level
CurrentRookie
Minor league affiliations
LeagueGulf Coast League (1966-1967, 1976-present)
DivisionNortheast Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
CurrentAtlanta Braves
PreviousMilwaukee Braves (1964-1965)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1964
  • 2003
Division titles (1)2003
Team data
Nickname
  • GCL Braves (1976-present)
  • FRL Braves (1965)
  • SRL Braves (1964)
Previous names
  • Florida Rookie League Braves (1965)
  • Sarasota Rookie League Braves (1964)
BallparkCool Today Park
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Atlanta Braves
General Managerunknown

The team traces its history to the earliest days of "complex-based" baseball. Initially based in Sarasota, Florida, it was a member of the short-lived Sarasota Rookie League (1964) and Florida Rookie League (1965), and was a charter club in the Gulf Coast League when it formed in 1966. The GCL Braves have operated from 1964 to 1967 and continuously since 1976.[1]

In 2003, the Gulf Coast Braves won a best-of-three series to defeat the Gulf Coast Pirates and become the Gulf Coast League champions. They did not make the playoffs in 2006. In 2015, the Gulf Coast Braves finished second in the Northeast division with a 27–33 record. They were 9.5 games behind the division-winning GCL Tigers, and did not make the playoffs.

RosterEdit

Gulf Coast League Braves roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 30 Alex Aquino
  • 26 Zach Becherer
  • 18 Alger Hodgson
  • 49 Miguel Jerez
  • 93 Deyvis Julian
  • 54 Jackson Lourie
  • 22 Jose Montilla
  • 68 Gabriel Noguera ‡
  • -- Matt Rowland
  • 25 Filyer Sanchez
  • 38 Jhoniel Sepulveda
  • 46 Ramon A. Taveras
  • 36 Albinson Volquez

Catchers

  • 14 Ricardo Rodriguez
  • 15 Zack Soria

Infielders

  • 48 Juan Morales
  • 91 Justin Morhardt
  •  9 Luis Ovando
  • 20 Braulio Vasquez
  • 19 Nicholas Vizcaino

Outfielders

  • 64 Carlos Baerga
  • 79 Jeremy Fernandez
  • 68 Adam Groesbeck (Military leave)
  • 53 Yoeli Lopez
  • 56 Jackson Pokorney


Manager

Coaches

  • 12 Rick Albert (hitting)
  • -- Angel Flores (coach)
  • -- Bárbaro Garbey (hitting)
  • 27 Elvin Nina (pitching)


  7-day injured list
* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated March 16, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Gulf Coast League
Atlanta Braves minor league players

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
SRL Braves (1964)[2]
1964 36-23 1st Paul Snyder League Champs
No playoffs
FRL Braves (1965)[3]
1965 34-25 2nd Paul Snyder No playoffs
GCL Braves[4]
1966 27-21 2nd Tom Saffell No playoffs until 1983
1967 27-32 5th Tom Saffell
1976 21-32 6th Chuck Goggin & Pedro Gonzalez
1977 22-31 5th Pedro Gonzalez
1978 25-30 4th Pedro Gonzalez
1979 26-28 4th Pedro Gonzalez
1980 37-25 3rd Pedro Gonzalez
1981 28-34 8th Pedro Gonzalez
1982 32-31 4th Pedro Gonzalez
1983 32-28 4th Pedro Gonzalez
1984 31-32 6th Pedro Gonzalez
1985 26-35 7th Pedro Gonzalez
1986 29-34 9th Pedro Gonzalez
1987 20-43 10th Pedro Gonzalez
1988 16-47 12th Pedro Gonzalez
1989 37-26 4th (t) Jim Procopio
1990 33-29 6th Jim Procopio
1991 30-29 6th (t) Jim Saul
1992 22-37 14th Jim Saul
1993 32-26 4th Jim Saul
1994 13-46 15th Jim Saul
1995 14-43 16th Jim Saul
1996 14-45 16th Robert Lucas (11-36) / Chino Cadahia (3-9)
1997 21-38 15th Frank Howard
1998 25-35 11th (t) Rick Albert
1999 27-33 10th Rick Albert
2000 26-34 10th Rick Albert
2001 30-30 8th Rick Albert
2002 28-32 8th (t) Jim Saul
2003 38-22 1st Ralph Henriquez League Champs
vs. GCL Pirates (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 games to 0)
2004 23-36 10th Ralph Henriquez
2005 24-28 8th Luis Ortiz
2006 23-27 8th Luis Ortiz
2007 17-43 15th Luis Ortiz
2008 29-29 9th (t) Luis Ortiz
2009 26-34 13th Luis Ortiz
2010 27-31 12th Luis Ortiz
2011 24-34 12th Jonathan Schuerholz
2012 21-37 14th Rocket Wheeler
2013 26-34 12th Rocket Wheeler
2014 29-30 9th Rocket Wheeler
2015 27-33 11th Robinson Cancel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007.
  2. ^ "SRL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "FRL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "GCL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)