Atlanta Braves' 2014 Minor League Awards
The bad news for Atlanta Braves fans is that the team is playing itself right out of playoff contention.
The good news is there's help on the way.
The Braves have been respected for creating one of the top minor league systems in the game over the past few years. While some are not as high on the system as a whole, there's no denying there are some talented players who can help Atlanta in the near future.
This will not necessarily be a look at the top prospects in the organization. Rather, which prospects had the best seasons.
With that said, let's take a look at some minor league awards for the Braves' 2014 season.
MVP: Jose Peraza
The unquestioned MVP of the 2014 Braves system is 20-year-old Jose Peraza.
Peraza began the year with the Lynchburg Hillcats, an advanced Single-A affiliate, before being promoted to Double-A Mississippi. At both stops, Peraza slashed .339/.364/.441 while stealing a whopping 60 bases.
This season has helped to propel him to the No. 1 prospect in the system, according to MLB.com.
The lofty ranking, high average and blazing speed should excite Braves fans, as Atlanta has severely lacked a true leadoff hitter for some time.
A shortstop by trade, Peraza was moved to second base this season as Andrelton Simmons will be manning that spot for the foreseeable future.
There's no reason that Peraza shouldn't get a look for the second base job when spring training opens up next season.
Cy Young: Cody Martin
The Cy Young Award was not as easy of a choice as the MVP. The 2013 first-round choice Jason Hursh had a nice season, but the honor goes to Cody Martin.
Martin is not one of the highest-rated prospects in the organization (No. 9 according to MLB.com), but he has consistently produced at each minor league stop.
The 25-year-old had another solid season for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 156 innings. He also led the organization with 142 strikeouts.
The former third-round pick has shown to be an effective pitcher at each stop in the minors, and look for him to be in the mix next spring training.
Breakout Star: Kyle Wren
The breakout star could easily be Jose Peraza as well, but let's take a look at another player who broke out in 2014.
Kyle Wren (son of general manager Frank Wren) really enjoyed a nice 2014 season.
The Braves selected Wren in the eighth round of the 2013 draft out of Georgia Tech and have seen him break into the top 20 prospects in the organization (No. 17 according to MLB.com).
For both Lynchburg and Mississippi in 2014, Wren slashed .290/.350/.365 while stealing 46 bases. The 23-year-old outfielder has a line-drive approach, plus speed and the ability to play any outfield position.
Eighth-round picks are hardly a sure thing, but Wren looks to have promise at becoming an MLB player.
Top Reliever: Juan Jaime
Honorable mention goes to Alex Wilson, who saved 16 games and posted a 2.02 ERA for the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2014. However, the top reliever for the Braves system goes to Juan Jaime.
Braves fans are likely familiar with Jaime, as he was a September call-up and is currently on the Atlanta roster.
Those who have seen him pitch know that he has electric stuff but has issues keeping that stuff under control. He did that for the most part for Triple-A Gwinnett in leading the organization with 18 saves and striking out 63 hitters in just 41 innings of work.
Jaime has the potential to be a nice piece in the Atlanta bullpen. The key with Jaime moving forward will be control.