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The last week has seen the Atlanta Braves improve their chances at a postseason appearance this season by adding a veteran starter to help stabilize the rotation while also adding depth to the bullpen and improving the bench both offensively and defensively. And while the actions were taken to improve the team’s chances at making it in to this postseason, they players acquired will make Atlanta a better team for the next season as well.

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Aaron Blair (pictured) is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA for Gwinnett after the first two weeks of the 2016 season. Image courtesy Brian Kirk.

The Gwinnett Braves (10-5) sit atop the International League South Division after the first two weeks of the 2016 season. At 10-5, not only does Gwinnett lead the Durham Bulls (9-6) by a game in the division, they also have the best mark in the league. The G-Braves are 5-2 at Coolray Field, 5-3 on the road after 15 games.

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Manny Banueloa was named the Gwinnett Braves Pitcher of the Year by the Atlanta organization. Image courtesy Brian Kirk.

The Atlanta Braves announced the recipients of their 2015 Organization Awards last week, honoring the Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year for each affiliate. Left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos was named Gwinnett’s Pitcher of the Year, while third baseman Adonis Garcia was tabbed Gwinnett’s Player of the Year.

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Many analysts believe the Pittsburgh Pirates took great advantage of two early first round picks and improved themselves more than any other team in the June 6 MLB Draft. Pittsburgh had the ninth and 14th first round selections and used them on two high school players. Grayson High School centerfielder Austin Meadows was the first of the two picked with catcher Reese McGuire being the second.

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