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Braves announce prospect team for showcase at Coolray

Mike Minor will start for the Braves in their final exhibition game at Coolray Field on Tuesday as the 2009 first-round draft choice gets ready to face the Mets for real in New York the following Sunday.

The left-hander's mound opponent could also be a first-round pick by Atlanta as the 2012 Braves play Atlanta's future stars.

Sean Gilmartin, a left-hander from Florida State taken with the Braves' first choice last June, is one of the prospects who will face the Atlanta regulars in the 7:05 p.m. game at the home of their top minor league team.

The 25-man future stars roster that Bobby Cox will manage in his return to the dugout was announced Thursday and Gilmartin, ranked as Atlanta's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America and No. 6 by MLB.com, was the top name on the pitching staff.

The only Gwinnett players on the prospect roster are third baseman Joey Terdoslavich and relief pitchers J.J. Hoover and Jaye Chapman.

Terdoslavich set the Carolina League record with 52 doubles last year with Lynchburg. The switch-hitter was the Braves' minor league player of year last season and is ranked as the team's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com and No. 11 by Baseball America.

Other position players include catcher Christian Bethancourt, infielders Edward Salcedo, Brandon Drury and Nick Amed, and outfielder Matt Lipka. Right-hander J.R. Graham joins Gilmartin on the pitching staff.

Bethancourt is ranked as the Braves' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com and is No. 8 on the Baseball America list. Salcedo is ranked No. 6 by Baseball America and No. 11 by MLB.com, while fellow third baseman Drury is No. 10 on the Baseball America list and rated No. 15 by MLB.com.

Lipka, ranked No. 15 on both lists, was the Braves' top draft choice in 2010 and was moved from shortstop to center field to take advantage of his speed. He is considered the fastest runner in the organization.

Ahmed was taken in the second round and wowed everyone with his defense at shortstop. He is ranked as the Braves' No. 12 prospect by MLB.com and No. 15 by Baseball America.

Graham is ranked as the No. 10 prospect by MLB.com and is at No. 13 on the Baseball America list, a spot behind Hoover.

Tuesday's event marks the first time that the Braves have played in Gwinnett.

In the past, the team has concluded spring training with a pair of games at Turner Field against an American League opponent.