Braves bestow top Minors honors on Peraza, Hursh

Prospects named Player of Year and Pitcher of Year, respectively

Braves bestow top Minors honors on Peraza, Hursh

ATLANTA -- Jose Peraza and Jason Hursh will be among the prospects honored when the Braves introduce their Minor League Players of the Year during an on-field ceremony before Saturday night's game against the Mets. Gaining the top honors, Peraza was named the organization's Player of the Year and Hursh was named the organization's Pitcher of the Year.

Blessed with tremendous speed, Peraza has provided at least some reason to wonder whether he will be ready to play second base and serve as a leadoff hitter in Atlanta at some point next season. The speedy infielder -- ranked by as the Braves' No. 1 prospect -- batted .339 with 60 stolen bases and an .806 OPS while combining to play in 110 games for Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi this year.

Hursh, ranked as the organization's No. 5 prospect, has garnered attention since the Braves took him with their first-round selection (31st overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The 22-year-old right-hander went 11-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) for Mississippi this year.

The Braves will also recognize their pitcher and player of the year from each Minor League affiliate. They are as follows:

Triple-A Gwinnett: RHP Juan Jaime and INF Phil Gosselin
Double-A Mississippi: RHP Williams Perez and 3B Kyle Kubitza
Class A Advanced Lynchburg: RHP Nate Hyatt and OF Kyle Wren
Class A Rome: LHP Yean Carlos Gil and 1B Jake Schrader
Rookie Level Danville: RHP Alec Grosser and SS Ozhaino Albies
Gulf Coast League: RHP Jorge Zavala and SS Ray-Patrick Didder
Dominican Summer League: LHP Dilmer Mejia and SS Alejandro Salazar

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