20-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The move up to High-A Lynchburg in 2014 came with a steep learning curve -- he posted a 5.00 ERA and a dismal 38:25 K:BB in 72 first-half innings -- but Sims showed the type of promise late in the yea...
Lucas Sims Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Braves that includes a $1.65 million signing bonus.
Sims, 20, continues to have a rough season for the Braves, posting a 4.90 ERA and 69:41 K:BB through 108.1 innings at High-A Lynchburg.
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Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAvilan, Luis (P)
A+Beckwith, William (1B)
ABriceno, Jose (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Considered the top pitching prospect in the Braves organization, Sims was dominant in his first season at Low-A Rome (2.62 ERA, 10.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9). When the 2014 season opens, Sims will still be just 19 years old, and while those in dynasty leagues will likely want to pick him up, those in re-draft leagues can leave him be, as it's hard to imagine he'd get a run with the big club in 2014, given the team's pitching depth. It's believed that Sims could be future option in the front of the Atlanta rotation, however, so patience in dynasty formats could pay significant dividends.
The Braves' 2012 first-round draft pick won't be contributing to non-keeper fantasy teams anytime soon. Even in keeper leagues, it is probably worthwhile to wait a couple years to see how he develops. Sims is still a teenager, after all, and has only played rookie ball in his brief career. Sims features a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid-90s and a good changeup. He was also lauded for his control in his high school career. High school draftees always sound great and by all means they are immensely talented, but many flame out in the lower rungs of the minors when they face more advanced competition. He'll likely see time at Low-A Rome for his first full professional season in 2013.