Baseball America’s Projected 2025 Starting Lineup, Rotation, and Minor League Superlatives for the Braves

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Baseball America recently released their top-ten prospect list for the Braves, along with some other interesting notes about their current farm system:

Baseball America is very high on Shea Langeliers, and for good reason. Right now, they see him as Atlanta’s sure-fire catcher of the future, and I agree with them:

PROJECTED 2025 LINEUP

Catcher: Shea Langeliers (27)
First Base: Freddie Freeman (35)
Second Base: Ozzie Albies (28)
Third Base: Austin Riley (28)
Shortstop: Dansby Swanson (31)
Left Field: Michael Harris (24)
Center Field: Cristian Pache (26)
Right FieldRonald Acuna Jr. (27)
Designated HitterDrew Waters (26)

I think Waters is an interesting designated hitter, and if you want to talk about one of the best young rosters in baseball, look no further, especially in the outfield. Jesse Franklin could absolutely challenge for one of those outfield spots as well.

PROJECTED 2025 ROTATION

No. 1 Starter: Max Fried (31)
No. 2 Starter: Mike Soroka (26)
No. 3 Starter: Ian Anderson (27)
No. 4 Starter: Kyle Muller (27)
No. 5 Starter: Huascar Ynoa (27)
Closer: Spencer Strider (26)

I think the Braves will have some different starters in place, but obviously BA isn’t going to project trades or free agent signings this far into the future. Huascar Ynoa is the interesting name; it’s absolutely possible someone like Bryce Elder, Tucker Davidson, or Ryan Cusick unseats him by then.

BEST TOOLS

Best Hitter for Average: Michael Harris
Best Power HitterJesse Franklin
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Vaughn Grissom
Fastest Baserunner: Cristian Pache
Best Athlete: Michael Harris
Best Fastball: Kyle Muller
Best Curveball: Freddy Tarnok
Best Slider: Bryce Elder
Best Changeup: Jared Shuster
Best Control: Darius Vines
Best Defensive Catcher: Shea Langeliers
Best Defensive Infielder: Braden Shewmake
Best Infield Arm: Beau Philip
Best Defensive Outfielder: Cristian Pache
Best Outfield Arm: Cristian Pache

While not all of these names are familiar to Braves fans, there are some very intriguing choices in here. Jesse Franklin as the best power hitter is very encouraging for a system that doesn’t have a ton of it at the moment. Freddy Tarnok’s curveball is part of the reason he was drafted so high out of high school, and watch out for Darius Vines to make an impact as a relief arm at some point.

 

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