As I round out my top 30 prospect list, the Braves announced recently that they are hosting 26 of the prospects at a rookie development program at Turner Field starting Tuesday and ending Friday.â†µ
The camp is intended to give the minor leaguers a taste of what it's like to get called up to the big leagues, staying in the hotel designated for mid-season callups and holding morning baseball workouts at the field. It will also serve as an education tool, with lectures on off-field activities, such as handling the media. There will be speakers for the event, including a public relations specialist, a sports psychologist and some of the big league Braves.â†µ
The event is unique to the Braves, this being the first year they have tried it. It's supposedly modeled after MLB's Rookie Career Development program, which gives four top prospects from each team a chance at building on their media skills and learning how to handle finances. Freddie Freeman gave an interview from the program.â†µ
There is no official list for the Braves program, but I'm sure the majority in attendence will be those on my prospect list. Those who attended the MLB program were Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Julio Teheran and Mike Minor.