Baseball America has released their Top 100 prospects going into 2022, and there are some familiar faces for Braves fans:
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#46 OF Michael Harris II
Track Record: After flashing solid tools in 53 games in 2019, Harris impressed Braves officials in 2020 with quality at-bats against many of the team’s top pitching prospects at the alternate site before putting together a strong all-around campaign at High-A Rome in his first full season in 2021.
The Future: With above-average or better tools across the board, Harris has a chance to be an impact, everyday big leaguer. He should move to Double-A Mississippi in 2022, where the Braves would like to see him continue to mature as a hitter.
Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.
#54 C Shea Langeliers
Track Record: Langeliers was the top defensive catcher in the 2019 draft class and the Braves drafted him ninth overall for an under-slot $3.9 million bonus. After debuting in Rome for a partial 2019 season, Langeliers impressed at the alternate site in 2020 and ranked as the top prospect in Double-A South in 2021 thanks to standout defensive and power production.
The Future: After reaching Triple-A in his second pro season, Langeliers has a chance to make his big-league debut in 2022. If he reaches his offensive ceiling he could be an above-average regular.
Tools: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 70
#84 OF Cristian Pache
Track Record: The Braves signed Pache for $1.4 million as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic and the lanky outfielder immediately stood out for his defensive prowess in the outfield and bat-to-ball skills in the box. Over the years, Pache filled out, added strength and became one of the most electric defensive prospects in all of baseball, but his offensive development has stalled a bit at the upper levels.
The Future: Pache’s defensive acumen should allow him to be a valuable member of a first division team but barring a step forward with his approach at the plate, he now seems more like a solid regular as a defensive specialist at the bottom of the lineup than the potential All-Star prospect he looked like in years past.
Tools: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 80 | Arm: 70
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