Braves: Vaughn Grissom continues to turn heads on the farm

Ian Mejia

At this point, it’s becoming obvious who the Braves’ top prospect is following the graduations of Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider — 21-year-old shortstop, Vaughn Grissom. The former 11th-round pick recently received a promotion to AA, which is typically one of the more difficult transitions, but it hasn’t stopped Grissom, who finished June on fire in Rome and has been even better of late with Mississippi.

Grissom ended his stint in High-A with a 36-game on-base streak. That number is now up to 42 after his first six AA games.

Since joining Mississippi, Grissom is hitting .462 with a homer and a triple. He has a six-game hitting streak and looks like he belongs.

The Braves farm system may be barren right now, and it certainly lacks a lot of top-end talent, but Grissom is proving to be an exception. It won’t be long before he’s considered a top 100 prospect in baseball, and the Braves have to be already thinking about where he fits into their future plans.

With Dansby Swanson set to become a free agent this offseason, it makes Grissom’s development even more intriguing. Perhaps he impresses so much that the Braves opt not to give Swanson the lucrative extension he desires. Or the Braves could re-sign Swanson and potentially look for Grissom to change positions. Regardless, it’s nice to have another promising prospect rocketing up the system, and it may not be long before we see him in Atlanta.

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