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Shae Simmons will one day play an important role in the Atlanta bullpen.
The Braves have been filling their bullpen with homegrown prospects for decades. Their player development system has focused on drafting and developing relievers in recent years, with Craig Kimbrel being their crown jewel. This season two young relievers, Ian Thomas and Gus Schlosser, are already playing important roles in the Atlanta bullpen. There are more relievers where they came from.
Shae Simmons—Like Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, Simmons is a hard thrower in a small package. Simmons is on a trajectory that should put him in the majors late this year or early next year, and like Kimbrel, Simmons should only get better as he gains more experience.
Juan Jaime—The hardest thrower in the Braves system, he can pump his fastball up to 100 mph. He still has to work on smoothing out the rough edges of his game and consistently harnessing his control, but once he does that he will be an asset to the Atlanta pen.
Ryan Buchter—He opened the season with the Braves because of the Cory Gearrin injury but was sent down without ever throwing a pitch when the team signed Pedro Beato. Buchter has a fastball and a slider that are both plus strikeout pitches, especially against lefties, but his control still needs work.
Luis Vasquez—Signed in the off-season, he was considered one of the best pitchers in the Dominican Winter League. He was slowed with an injury in spring training, but his mid-90s sidearm fastball should be able to help in Atlanta at some point this season.
John Cornely—A bulldog and a fighter on the mound, he attacks hitters with three average-to-plus pitches. Like Shae Simmons, Cornely should only get better as he gains more experience.
Some content for this article was sourced from CB Wilkins "2014 Atlanta Braves Prospect Book," and to a lesser extent the "2014 Baseball America Prospect Handbook."