Braves host top prospects at Turner Field for camp

The Braves have invited 26 of their top prospects for a new week-long rookie development camp starting Tuesday and running through Saturday at Turner Field.

The players will work out each morning on the field with both Braves major league and minor league coaches who live in the area, but the primary focus will be on their off-field development.

“It’s really just to get them exposed to the environment here and the place that hopefully they’re going to be in the next few years,” Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said. “[It’s about] getting them in the stadium and in the clubhouse and around the community, around the staff, an enrichment program to hopefully aid in the process of them developing into major league players.”

Among those invited to attend are top pitching prospects Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino, and position players Matt Lipka, Tyler Pastornicky and Edward Salcedo.

The Braves plan to hold this event every year. Kemp said it’s modeled after what Major League Baseball does with its Rookie Career Development program each winter, when four players from each team are invited to Leesburg, Va., to attend a workshop that involves working with the media, handling finances, security, among other topics. Among the Braves who attended that outing last week are Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor and Teheran.

The Braves have invited speakers to meet with the prospects each afternoon. Among them will be a public relations specialist, new Braves sports psychologist Geoff Miller and some of the Braves major league players.

As a group, they’ll make some community appearances and also attend Hawks and Thrashers games.