Baseball America recently updated their Braves top 30 prospect list, and there was a ton of movement along with new faces. Baseball America is a subscription-based service that covers all levels of baseball exquisitely. I highly recommend you give them a shot if you’re a baseball fanatic like I am, especially if you enjoy learning about what is going on down on the farm. The Braves have had a lot of talent graduate to the majors recently, and more will be on their way soon. Thankfully, some of the newer prospects are already beginning to make names for themselves.
Harris is someone everyone should be familiar with. The 20-year-old started the season on fire with High-A Rome, and even though he’s cooled off considerably since then, most still believe he’s the best pure hitter in the Braves system. Baseball America currently ranks him as Atlanta’s third-best prospect, but it’s only a matter of time before he owns the top spot.
No surprise; Shea Langeliers is all the way up to the fourth spot among Braves prospects. The ninth overall selection in the 2019 draft has blossomed with the bat, smashing 17 homers and 12 doubles already for the Mississippi Braves. He also leads all catchers in the Southern League in starts and is throwing out 50% of base stealers. You can pencil Langeliers in as the starting catcher of the 2023 Braves, and he might be in the majors before then if he keeps up at this pace.
Baseball America has the electric Spender Strider at #6, which is a little high for my taste, but I see where they are coming from. Strider dominated the lower levels of the minors, featuring elite strikeout stuff, but reality has hit him in the face since being moved to AA Mississippi. Still, for a player in his first professional season, he’s already exceeded expectations.
The Braves’ first-round selection from this year out of Wake Forrest lands at #8 on Baseball America’s list.
Atlanta’s second-round pick from this year’s draft comes in at #11. Unfortunately, Schwellenbach will have to undergo Tommy John surgery, but he’s a prospect that could be a pitcher, position player, or both in the pros.
19-year-old Joey Estes is beginning to make a name for himself on the farm. He has 102 strikeouts in 78 innings for Augusta this season while maintaining a 2.77 ERA, earning him a spot within the Braves’ top 20 prospects, according to Baseball America.
Another riser in the system, Diaz, has been downright unhittable between High-A Rome and AA Mississippi. Over 36.2 minor league innings this season, he’s struck out 72 batters. That’s a ridiculous K/9 of 17.7 to go along with his minuscule ERA of 0.98. Diaz has the potential to become an elite major-league reliever.
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