Braves: Two under-the-radar prospects are making a lot of noise on the farm

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The Braves have had their farm system stripped to the studs via trades, promotions, and some guys just not panning out. That’s what happens to good teams, but part of the reason the Braves have stayed successful is because of their development. That development is starting to shine early in 2023 with two guys — Ignacio “Nacho” Alvarez and Tanner Gordon:

Starting with Alvarez, he isn’t featured on a lot of top prospect lists, but he has been really impressive for his entire career. Drafted in 2022 out of Riverside Community College, Alvarez posted an .845 OPS thanks in part to 26 walks over 30 games in 2022. He can steal a few bases too, which is rare for a third baseman. Alvarez has been even better in 2023 in Rome, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up in AA Mississippi before the season ends.

Tanner Gordon is a bit of a late bloomer. He’s 25 years old and was drafted out of The University of Indiana as a senior in 2019. He has always had respectable, yet unremarkable numbers, but he has really found something in 2023. I’m not sure if he’ll stick as a starter, but he could be a valuable piece for the Braves if he continues to dominate in AAA.

These aren’t the only guys having big seasons on the farm, but they deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve accomplished so far in 2023.

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