Highlighting MLB’s top 30 prospects for the Braves

Braves roster moves

The official 2024 top 30 prospects for the Braves dropped earlier this week by MLB.com, and there are several names worth highlighting as the season approaches.

Braves Top 10 Prospects

1. AJ Smith-Shawver

2. Hurston Waldrep

3. Spencer Schwellenbach

4. JR Ritchie

5. Owen Murphy

6. Nacho Alvarez Jr

7. Jose Perdomo

8. Cade Kuehler

9. Luis Guanipa

10. Drue Hackenberg

By now, every Braves fan should be familiar with the top two prospects in the organization. Smith-Shawver and Waldrep are high-powered arms with frontline starter potential. Pitching prospects are volatile, but both have the makings of being serious contributors in Atlanta as early as this year.

Three more right handers follow Smith-Shawver and Waldrep. Of them, Owen Murphy is the guy I’ll be keeping a close eye on. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2022 draft and features a legitimate four-pitch mix. This time next year, we could be talking about him competing for a roster spot.

Nacho Alvarez fills in the sixth spot on these rankings, which I would consider a little low. He belongs in the top five as the Braves top position player prospect. Alvarez, who impressed last year defensively at shortstop, could be a potential Orlando Arcia replacement in the future.

At #7 and #9 are the Braves latest top international signings. Guanipa was signed in 2023 for $2.5 million, and Perdomo was signed this year for double that. Both have a long way to go before they are considered for the majors, but they will be exciting prospects to watch in the coming years.

Braves Prospects (11-20)

11. Drake Baldwin

12. David McCabe

13. Jhancarlos Lara

14. Darius Vines

15. Dylan Dodd

16. Douglas Glod

17. Adam Maier

18. Sabin Ceballos

19. Diego Benitez

20. Luis De Avila

Several of these middle tier prospects could turn out to be quite exciting. Drake Baldwin has had some good moments in major-league Spring Training and is coming off a season in which he posted an .844 OPS between three levels (A+-AAA) as a catcher. Travis d’Arnaud isn’t going to be around for much longer, and Baldwin very well could be next in line to back up Sean Murphy.

David McCabe is a slugging prospect I was really giddy to see this season, but a torn UCL will keep him out for most of the year. Jhancarlos Lara has one of the biggest arms in the system, touching 99 at times last season, and Adam Maier is someone we will get a first look at this season after the Braves signed him for $1.2 million as a seventh round draft pick.

Braves Prospects (21-30)

21. Ambioris Tavarez

22. Isaiah Drake

23. Garrett Baumann

24. Lucas Braun

25. Allan Winans

26. Jesse Franklin V

27. Blake Burkhalter

28. Geraldo Quintero

29. Seth Keller

30. Mario Baez

This is where things start to get a little bleak and the lack of depth in the Braves farm system really begins to show. Of these guys, Isaiah Drake is intriguing because of his athleticism. Brother of former NFL running back Kenyan Drake, he has 70-grade speed and was taken by the Braves in the fifth round of last year’s draft. Keep an eye on Blake Burkhalter as well, who is returning from Tommy John surgery and was taken in the second round of the 2022 draft.

Photo: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire


Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: