The Braves have a lot of talented pitching at the top of their system, and while the Matt Olson trade cleared out two of their top bats, they still have some guys to work with. After Bryce Elder had a fantastic MLB debut, MLB.com thinks Braden Shewmake is going to be the next big-time prospect to make a difference in Atlanta:
Who’s got next?
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 14, 2022
While Dansby Swanson has struggled to begin the season, I don’t think it’s time to start talking about replacing him with Shewmake. Here’s how MLB.com sees Shewmake fitting in:
Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS (No. 6)
Shewmake had a rough year at the plate in Double-A a year ago, but he showed up to camp this spring stronger and having made some swing changes. The result? He’s off to a 5-for-12 start in Triple-A. He’s a really good defender at short (yes, we know Dansby Swanson is there), but he’s athletic enough to move around the infield if he’s needed in Atlanta.
Shewmake looks pretty close to major-league ready, but I only see the Braves calling him up if an injury occurs later in the season. Right now, the infield is full of guys that will play everyday. However, the depth behind them is shaky at best. I could see the Braves turning to Shewmake if he’s needed in a pinch.