There are many Atlanta Braves prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League and two in particular are pitchers that find themselves going possibly in different directions. Juan Jaime and Aaron Northcraft are each getting a chance to show where they are headed and what they are capable of and each is doing something different. For now it seems that Jaime could have a chance to make some noise in spring training but Northcraft will have work to do still in the minors.
One of the obvious reasons for this is that Northcraft still has a strong chance to make himself into a solid starter at the MLB level. Considering that, he has a lot more that needs to be polished before he is ready. He has already gained some notoriety over the past year or so and is likely to stay in the minds of the Braves front office for a while. But they do not need another young starting pitcher right now anyway. Look for him to work on some things and maybe get a look in the 2014 September call-ups.
Jaime on the other hand is a hard throwing relief pitcher that has been around for a little while and is yet to stick at the big league level. For whatever reason he just can’t keep it all put together up there but his stuff is in the high-90s so he is getting plenty of time to work out his problems. The AFL has worked well for Jaime this year and chances are good that he will get a chance to prove himself in MLB at least in spring training. After all, while the Braves are going to be deep at young starters, they certainly can always use another hard throwing reliever.