June 7, 2012-ROME: Photo at the Rome Braves vs. Greenville (Boston) baseball game at State Mutual Stadium in Rome on Thursday June 7th, 2012. PHIL SKINNER PSKINNER@AJC.COM
Photo: Phil Skinner/pskinner@ajc.com
Photo: Phil Skinner/pskinner@ajc.com

Braves prospect Brett Cumberland getting hot at Class A Rome

Braves prospect Brett Cumberland has been one of the hottest hitters in the South Atlantic League at Class A Rome for the past month and a half, writes Wayne Cavadi for SB Nation.

The 21-year-old catcher leads the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage (.438) and OPS (.966). He’s sixth in slugging percentage (.528), third in RBI (43) and tied for 10th in home runs (9). 

He had a bit of a slump at the beginning of June, but he batted .357 in May, with 7 home runs and 29 RBI in 22 games. He was named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week for the last week in May.

A second-round pick out of the University of California in 2016, Cumberland ranks 29th on MLB.com’s list of the Braves’ top 30 prospects. He’s their third-highest rated catcher -- behind Alex Jackson at No. 23 and Lucas Herbert at No. 28 -- and their 13th-highest rated position player.

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