If you’re trying to look into the future for one of baseball’s next big stars, then look no further than in the Appalachian League for Bryce Ball.
Ball, 21, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB Draft from Dallas Baptist University. Ball hit 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in along with 12 doubles in 54 games for Dallas Baptist this spring.
He hasn’t slowed down.
Currently ranked second in my Appalachian League Top 10 rankings, Ball is leading the Appy League in all major categories in his first year as a pro with the Danville Braves.
He leads the league in runs scored (27), home runs (11), runs batted in (32), total bases (77), slugging percentage (.706), and OPS (1.113).
Ball has produced at every level that he’s played and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ball get a promotion to Single-A before the Appalachian League season comes to an end. However, the Braves could also wait on a call up depending on if the Danville Braves could possibly be in a playoff race. At this moment, it doesn’t seem that will happen as the D-Braves are 15-20 and sit in last place in the Appy League East and seven and a half games out of first place.
As for Ball it’s all about the waiting game.
Shortly after being named the Appalachian League player of the week earlier in the year, Ball made a statement that stands true still.
“If I keep it simple I’m going to do well,” he said. Keeping it simple is exactly what Ball has done so far this season.
On Thursday, Ball was not in the lineup but was with the Danville Braves club as they were on the road facing off against the Greeneville Reds where they fell 7-0.