Braves minor league system undergoes massive transition


The Braves have made a bevy of exciting adjustments to arguably the best farm system in baseball.

Allard will return to the AAA Gwinnett Stripers after winning his major league debut Tuesday night. He will be joined by fellow top-prospect Kyle Wright, who might be the pitcher in the Braves system with the best opportunity to become a frontline starter. The 2017 first-round pick is 6-8 with a 3.70 ERA in 20 starts in 2018, his first full season as a professional. Touki Touissant, Luiz Gohara, and Bryse Wilson complete a brutal five-man rotation for the Stripers.

Upper-level pitching was not the only place receiving a shot in the arm. Several big names across the lower levels of the minors will be on the move.

19-year old, Christian Pache, has begun to collect some serious hype around his bat, and the Braves have already decided to promote him to AA Mississippi. Pache has been an all-around rock for the Florida FireFrogs in 2018, hitting .285 with 8 home runs and 40 RBIs in 93 games. The move may come off as a bit premature, but it shows how much confidence the organization has in SportsTalkATL’s #8 ranked prospect.

Pache does not seem too worried about the better competition either. In his first game Wednesday night, he went 2-2 with two singles in Mississippi.

A couple other impressive prospects will be moving up the ranks to Pache’s former team. Both Drew Waters and William Contreras will be heading from Rome to Florida. Waters was a second-round pick out of Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. The homegrown talent has already caught eyes, shooting up prospect charts everywhere. SportsTalkATL currently has Waters ranked fifth on our prospect list. He mashed at a .303 clip with 9 home runs in 84 games for Rome.

Contreras is a 20-year old from Venezuela, currently most known for being the brother of Willson Contreras, the All-Star catcher for the Cubs. It should not be that way for long though, as little Contreras is starting to make name for himself in the minor leagues. He is batting .293 this season with 11 home runs, showing similar pop with his bat to that of his brother. In fact, he may be a little ahead of the curve when comparing him to his brother. When Willson was 20, he was still in low-A ball for Cubs organization with a .273 batting average and only 3 homers. Considering the strides he was able to make to not only reach the majors but become an All-Star, there is reason to be excited about his little brother. Catchers who can handle the bat is one of the rarest commodities in baseball today, and William is one of the most intriguing prospects to keep an eye on.

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