Drew Waters and Andrew Hoffman have surprising rankings in Kansas City’s farm system

Braves Drew Waters

It’s no secret the Braves have lost a lot of talent in their farm system, mostly to graduation, but also via some trades. Drew Waters was their top prospect before being flipped to the Royals along with Andrew Hoffman and CJ Alexander for the 35th pick in Sunday’s MLB Draft.  However, Baseball America isn’t nearly as high on Waters as some, ranking him 16th in the Royals farm system, with Hoffman coming in at 13th:

I actually tend to agree with this. I’m on record saying Hoffman could be a bigger loss for the Braves than Waters. Hoffman was having a fantastic season before the trade, and it hurt to see him moved in this deal. Waters checks in at 8th on Kansas City’s top prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Fangraphs is somewhere in the middle of these two, with Waters coming in at 10th and Hoffman at 15th. Waters is off to a good start in AAA Omaha:

The Royals received two good prospects in Drew Waters and Andrew Hoffman, but there was no path for Waters to play in Atlanta with Michael Harris II’s emergence. The Braves needed to up their bonus pool so they can get more talented players in a badly depleted farm system. I think the trade will work out in the long run; I trust Alex Anthopoulos and company to make the most out of the pick. 

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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