Braves to hold rookie development program

Braves to hold rookie development program

Braves to hold rookie development program
ATLANTA -- As Chipper Jones prepared to take batting practice Friday at Turner Field, he found some of the lockers around his bearing names like Salcedo, Teheran and Bethancourt.

Julio Teheran is expected to be among the non-roster invitees present at Braves camp next month. But next week, the highly-regarded right-hander will be among 26 Braves prospects who will participate in the club's first rookie development program. It will begin Tuesday and run through Friday.

Each of the Minor Leaguers will stay in the same hotel they would inhabit if they were called to the Majors in the middle of the season. They will meet at Turner Field every morning to begin a variety of activities.

"We want to introduce them to some of the things that they will see once they get to the Majors," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "This is something we've talked about for a few years. We're really excited to see how it works."

With Minor League field coordinator Dave Trembley leading the proceedings, the prospects will have the opportunity to participate in some baseball-related activities during the morning hours. They will be educated by a variety of speakers and participate in some community activities during the afternoon and evening hours.

Among those expected to speak to the players is a public relations expert and a sports psychologist. A handful of the Braves Major Leaguers will also talk to the prospects.

Teheran, Edward Salcedo, Randall Delgado, Christian Bethancourt, Matt Lipka, Arodys Vizcaino and Tyler Pastornicky are among the most recognizable prospects who have been invited to participate.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.