DANVILLE, Va. - The Atlanta Braves today announced their 2017 Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year, with RHP Odalvi Javier and C William Contreras earning the honors for Rookie-level Danville. The duo, along with honorees from each other Minor League team in the Braves' organization, will be recognized during Future Stars Weekend at SunTrust Park in Atlanta beginning Friday, September 15.
Javier led the D-Braves with 63.0 innings pitched during the 2017 season and compiled a 4-2 record, tied for the team's best, while tallying 50 strikeouts. His 3.14 ERA ranked second among D-Braves' starters behind only Bruce Zimmerman (3.09). Javier, 21, was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent in 2014.
Contreras paced the D-Braves offense in 2017, posting a .290/ .379/. 432 slash line while finishing second in hits (49), RBI (27), runs scored (29), and total bases (73). His 24 walks were a team-best, and his .379 OBP ranked third. Contreras was named an Appalachian League All-Star on August 25, Danville's first since 2014. The Atlanta Braves signed Contreras, 19, as a free agent in 2015.
Jeffrey Ramos, who was promoted to the D-Braves on August 5, was named the Player of the Year for the Gulf Coast Braves after playing 30 games in the GCL during the 2017 campaign. In that time, Ramos boasted a .325/ .374./ .556 slash line while hitting six home runs and recording 30 RBI. After his mid-season promotion, Ramos played in 20 games for Danville and hit .278.
Five former Danville Braves also earned Braves Minor League Pitcher and/or Player of the Year honors - Lucas Sims (Pitcher, Gwinnett), Ozzie Albies (Player, Gwinnett), Mike Soroka (Pitcher, Mississippi), Ronald Acuna (Player, Mississippi), and Cristian Pache (Player, Rome).
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