The Braves farm system is lacking some serious talent following the Matt Olson trade, the graduations of Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider, and the trade of Drew Waters. The good thing is the draft is just around the corner, and the Braves have five picks within the top 100, but it will take a lot of work to replenish this group. With that being said, there are still some names to keep an eye out for in the Braves farm system, and several of them recently received promotions.
— Rome Braves (@TheRomeBraves) July 12, 2022
The prized jewel here is Vaughn Grissom, who I believe is the top prospect in the Braves farm system. He hit 11 homers with a .311 average and .401 OBP in High-A ball before the promotion. If he continues to ascend in Mississippi, we will start to see Grissom’s name mentioned among the top 100 prospects in baseball.
Justyn-Henry Malloy, Lisandro Santos, and Dylan Dodd will be joining Grissom in Mississippi. Of those three, Malloy intrigues me the most. He was a sixth-round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft out of Georgia Tech, and he’s had a ton of success to begin his professional career with Rome, recording an .888 OPS and 10 homers.
Other promotions in the Braves farm system include J.J. Niekro and Cal Conley, who will both be going from Augusta to Rome. J.J. Niekro is the nephew of Braves legend and Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. He’s enjoying a very solid 2022 thus far, posting an outstanding 2.08 ERA and 7-1 record for the Green Jackets before the promotion. Conley was a fourth-round selection out of Texas Tech in the 2021 draft, and while the average hasn’t quite been as high as he might like, he’s flashed a lot of pop early on in his professional career.