The Gulf Coast League Braves
are the Rookie Level
minor league baseball
affiliate of the Atlanta Braves
plays at the Walt Disney World Resort at Champion Stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports
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.
In 2003, the Gulf Coast Braves won a best-of-3 series to defeat the
Gulf Coast Pirates
and become the
Gulf Coast League
did not make the playoffs in 2006.
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 1964-67 and continuously since 1976.