The Braves have had an up and down season on the farm, some guys have fallen well short of expectations while others have made huge leaps. MLBPipeline is releasing a new top-30 prospect list for each team that accounts for the 2021 MLB Draft, as well as any bumps or knocks in performance.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 13, 2021
For the Braves, MLBPipeline agrees with us over at SportsTalkATL: Spencer Strider is the real deal. The 2020 Draft Pick out of Clemson absolutely dominated A+ ball, and has moved up to AA Mississippi in his first professional season.
Braves: Spencer Strider, RHP (No. 19)
It seems that the velocity gains Strider showed in his shortened season at Clemson in 2020 and then at instructs after the Braves took him in the fourth round of the ’20 Draft are very much for real. He has big stuff, with a fastball that touches 99 mph and very good secondary stuff that has allowed him to pitch across three levels this year, striking out 15.4/9 while hitters have managed just a .187 batting average against him.
As Strider currently sits at 19th on MLBPipeline’s current list, it’s not too far-fetched to assume he could hover right above the top-ten. I expect Jesse Franklin V and Bryce Elder to see an increase, with a guy like Jasseel De La Cruz likely taking a small step back. One thing is for certain, MLBPipeline sees enough in Spencer Strider to move him up at least a few spots in Atlanta’s Top 30.