On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves added three minor league pitchers to their 40-man roster to avoid having those players taken in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
All three players added to the roster are pitchers, including on of the Braves top prospects in right-hander Jaye Chapman.
The 24-year-old Chapman, who saw time in Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinett, pitched 68 1/3 combined innings while striking out 77 batters, posting a 2.50 ERA and holding opponents to a .164 batting average.
The other two players added to the 40-man roster were right-hander J.J. Hoover and lef-hander Luis Avilan, both members of Double-A Mississippi.
In 31 games (12 starts) the 24-year-old posted a 2.48 ERA while holding opponents to a .203 batting average. After a late-season promotion to Triple-A Gwinett, held opponent to a .171 batting average in 12 appearances including two starts.
The left-handed Avilan began the season primarily as a reliever but saw time as a starter in the seaon's final two month. the 22-year-old posted a 4.57 ERA in 36 appearances (13 starts). As a starter, Avilan recorded a 3-4 record with a 3.82 ERA.
With the addition of these three young pitchers, the Braves now have 36 total players on their 40-man roster.
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