Gulf Coast League Braves
|Gulf Coast League Braves
Founded in 1976
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Gulf Coast League (1966-1967, 1976-present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Previous||Milwaukee Braves (1964-1965)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (2)||
|Division titles (1)||2003|
The Gulf Coast League Braves are the rookie-level minor league baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The team plays at the Walt Disney World Resort at Champion Stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and other countries.
The team traces its history to the earliest days of "complex-based" baseball. Initially based in Sarasota, Florida, it was a member of the short-lived Sarasota Rookie League (1964) and Florida Rookie League (1965), and was a charter club in the Gulf Coast League when it formed in 1966. The GCL Braves have operated from 1964 to 1967 and continuously since 1976.
In 2003, the Gulf Coast Braves won a best-of-three series to defeat the Gulf Coast Pirates and become the Gulf Coast League champions. They did not make the playoffs in 2006. In 2015, the Gulf Coast Braves finished second in the Northeast division with a 27–33 record. They were 9.5 games behind the division-winning GCL Tigers, and did not make the playoffs.
Gulf Coast League Braves roster
|SRL Braves (1964)|
|1964||36-23||1st||Paul Snyder||League Champs
|FRL Braves (1965)|
|1965||34-25||2nd||Paul Snyder||No playoffs|
|1966||27-21||2nd||Tom Saffell||No playoffs until 1983|
|1976||21-32||6th||Chuck Goggin & Pedro Gonzalez|
|1989||37-26||4th (t)||Jim Procopio|
|1991||30-29||6th (t)||Jim Saul|
|1996||14-45||16th||Robert Lucas (11-36) / Chino Cadahia (3-9)|
|1998||25-35||11th (t)||Rick Albert|
|2002||28-32||8th (t)||Jim Saul|
|2003||38-22||1st||Ralph Henriquez||League Champs
vs. GCL Pirates (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Red Sox (1 games to 0)
|2008||29-29||9th (t)||Luis Ortiz|
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, eds., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007.
- "SRL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
- "FRL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
- "GCL Braves". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
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