With the Double-A Southern League All-Star game last week and Ozzie Albies returning from the DL, there was a lot going on with some elite prospects in the Atlanta Braves’ farm system. Although Albies returned and the likes of Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, and Ronald Acuna were honored in their respective All-Star weeks, it was a hard pressed situation to narrow down a prospect of the week. Nonetheless, a relative unknown in, 2B Alay Lago, is our prospect of the week.
As stated earlier, Lago came into the 2017 season as an unknown. Coming in as an international signee from Cuba, Lago was assigned to High-A Florida. Lago, over his past 10 games, has posted a .389/.421/.611 slash line to go along with 1 homer, 4 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases. For the year, the 25 year old Cuban native has slashed .296/.332/.398 with 2 bombs, 21 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases. The Braves signed Lago this past offseason after he defected from his native homeland and played in the Mexican League for the Veracruz Red Eagles. While in Mexico, Lago was primarily a 2B/3B, so he has experience at other positions in the infield. He’s 25 with a lot of ground to make up, but if he keeps playing at this level he could move up in the farm system and maybe even break in with the Braves as an emergency utility man and speed up runner. While names such as Kolby Allard, Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, Sean Newcomb, Mike Soroka, and Travis Demeritte grab most of the attention in terms of prospects, guys like Lago are what gives the Braves some incomparable depth in their farm system.