The Braves have no problem giving out promotions on the farm as long as the production is there. Age seems like merely a number to this organization. The Braves are at it again, promoting Braden Shewmake to AA just months after drafting him.
Of course, Shewmake is an older prospect out of Texas A&M. Believe it or not, a considerable amount of Braves fans were disappointed in the organization’s decision to add a middle infielder to the system on a mid-first round pick. To put it nicely, that was a silly sentiment then, and it has not aged well. Due to the injury to Dansby Swanson, it has become evident just how thin on middle infield talent this system was. And with the way he is hitting, nobody is complaining about having him now. Shewmake has been on fire since the second he joined the organization. He hit .318 in Rome, and that was all the Braves needed to see to let him skip a level.
His contact tool is what stands out, but Shewmake is a very well rounded prospect. He plays good defense, steals bases, and has a big time frame to grow into which should allow him to hit for more power. He is immediately a top 10 prospect in this system and one of the finest positional players in the system. The 21st overall pick has played up to his stock, and with the international sanctions on the team, the Braves are banking on him and Shea Langeliers panning out. Right now, that is certainly not a concern with Shewmake.