The team will retain affiliates Gwinnett Stripers (Class AAA; International League), Mississippi Braves (Class AA; Southern League) and Rome Braves to the mix. However, the Rome team will be moving to High A, presumably to the Carolina League.
The GreenJackets had previously been the Low-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, but that relationship ended as part of the MiLB reorganization.
“With this invitation, the GreenJackets are officially on the path to being affiliated with the Atlanta Braves,” said Jeff Eiseman, President & Partner, Augusta GreenJackets, via press statement. “This has been a long process, and we gratefully await the official Professional Development License Agreement so we can finalize this partnership and complete what is a truly historic event for sports in the CSRA. Never before has this market had ties directly to our truest home team, the Atlanta Braves. We couldn’t dream of a team we would want to affiliate with more. Thanks to the vision and leadership of North Augusta, SRP Park should soon be home to the Braves’ top prospects, and fans can see the future of the Braves right here on the river for years to come.”
“The Atlanta Braves are thrilled to extend an invitation to the Augusta GreenJackets to become a Class A affiliate within our player development system,” said Braves Executive Vice President of Minor League Affiliates and Strategic Planning Chip Moore via press statement. “The prospect of welcoming the greater Augusta region as an official part of Braves Country is an exciting day for our organization. The GreenJackets are a tremendous organization and SRP Park is a state-of-the-art facility that will be a true asset in helping develop our minor-league players.”
“We are extremely excited and proud to be invited to serve as the High-A affiliate of the Braves’ minor league system, said Rome Braves Vice President and General Manager David Cross. “This is a great opportunity for Braves fans throughout the greater Rome, Floyd County area to watch Braves prospects perform at a higher level of play. We look forward to continuing to provide affordable, family-fun entertainment in 2021. For years to come, Rome Braves fans can expect to see what they’ve watched since 2003: top Braves prospects and rehabbing Major Leaguers playing at State Mutual Stadium.”