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Braves affiliation continues as Aces sign Cumberland
11/13/2017 6:20 PM ET
 

Atlanta Braves affiliate catcher Brett Cumberland is set to join the Aces this summer after recently signing with the team for this upcoming season. 

The 22-year-old was selected with the 76th pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2016 MLB draft and is currently ranked at #24 in the Braves prospect rankings. Cumberland will join fellow Braves prospect Tyler Neslony at the Aces this season. 

Described as a bat-first backstop, the switch-hitting catcher has an innate ability to do whatever it takes to get on base. The California native has spent time with multiple minor league organisations, most recently the Florida Fire Frogs. Hitting at .266 in the minors last season, the American netted 69 RBI's including 11 homers. Starting the season with the Low-A Rome Braves, Cumberland was promoted to the High-A Fire Frogs after a dominant ten game stretch in which he hit .432. 

Normally a backstop, Cumberland will likely spend more time away from the catcher's plate for the Aces with veteran Allan de San Miguel and Tomoya Mori likely to be the main options as behind the dish for Jon Deeble's team.

Cumberland was a star at the University of California before going pro. The backstop won the Pac-12 Player of the Year in his sophomore year while also being nominated for the Golden Spikes award. The Golden Bear's star hit at .344 during his successful 2016 campaign.

With last season's star imports in Ronald Acuna, Cody Jones and Roman Collins not returning to Melbourne for the 2017/18 season, Jon Deeble will be hoping to find similar success in his 2017/18 crop of players, of which Cumberland will play an important role. 

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.