Unsurprisingly, the Braves have fallen down the list of every organizational prospect rankings. That’s what happens when you graduate a bunch of talent and win a World Series. Last week, Baseball America ranked the Braves farm system 22nd; yesterday, Keith Law of The Athletic ranked them 17th, and today, Baseball Prospectus has the Braves smack dab in the middle of the pack at 15th.
Here’s what they had to say about the state of Atlanta’s farm system heading into the 2022 season.
Atlanta fans really shouldn’t care about this org ranking on the heels of a World Series title, but we are completionists. Any of Kyle Muller, Tucker Davidson, Cristian Pache or Drew Waters establishing themselves as good major leaguers could help with the repeat campaign, but none are likely to be stars at this point. There’s more upside in Michael Harris II and plenty of depth, at least.
I refuse to believe the Braves have a bottom-tier farm system as Baseball America suggested. Sure, plenty of talent has graduated in recent years, but they still have several high-quality prospects mixed in with some potential stars. The key to sustained success is a balanced farm system. That’s not easy to do when you’re winning as much as the Braves are at the major-league level; however, Anthopoulos has proven to have an eye for talent in the draft. Most of his top picks have excelled in the minor leagues to this point, which is why I would still have the Braves farm system ranked in the 10-15 range.
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