Braves utilizing system well

Originally Published: January 11, 2005
By Bill Ballew | Baseball America
No team has used its farm system to a greater advantage over the past two decades than the Braves. Atlanta's current string of 13 straight division titles began in 1991 with the emergence of homegrown players such as Steve Avery, Ron Gant, Tom Glavine and David Justice. In 1993, the Braves were bolstered by a group tagged as "The Great Eight" at Triple-A Richmond, featuring the likes of Chipper Jones, Ryan Klesko and Javy Lopez.

The Braves have continued to add significant players from their system, including Rafael Furcal, Marcus Giles and two-time Minor League Player of the Year Andruw Jones. Last season included yet another infusion of youth, headed by Adam LaRoche and unexpected contributions from Nick Green and Charles Thomas.