SportsTalkATL’s Braves 2023 Prospect Rankings: 25-21

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The series rolls on as we approach the top 20.  With another strong showing in the draft and some international signings, the Braves can get right back into the middle of the pack for farm system rankings — especially if they continue to develop guys like Michael Harris and Vaughn Grissom at the rate they have been. Enough talking, let’s get to the rankings. Previous editions are listed below:

 

 

#25 OF Tyler Collins (ROK)

If you’ve read any of my prospect stuff, you’ll know I’m very high on the athleticism of Tyler Collins. However, injuries have bugged him, and he was ineffective in limited action (.623 OPS in 12 ABs). Collins badly needs a bounceback 2023, but I believe in his potential. This is the same kid who had a .877 OPS with six extra base hits in 23 games as an 18 year old.

 

#24 3B Ignacio Alvarez (A+)

“Nacho” Alvarez from Riverside Community College has had a hot start to his big league career. After posting an .811 OPS in Rookie Ball, Alvarez has moved up to Augusta with a few more of his draft classmates after the FCL season ended in August. Nacho is a strong defender with good raw power — I’ll be excited to see if he can tap into that in 2023. Coming from a Junior College, you just have to be patient with the kid. He hit well in Augusta, putting up an .866 OPS.

 

#23 3B David McCabe (A)

McCabe is an interesting player out of Charlotte, he’s a massive switch-hitting third baseman with more walks and extra base hits than strikeouts in 2021. At 22 years old, he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds — if the Braves can tap into his raw power, they may really have something on their hands.

 

#22 SS Geraldo Quintero (A)

Quintero is only 20, but he has been in Atlanta’s system since 2019. He has stolen 34 bases in 2022 with a .768 OPS — there’s some serious potential here. He’s a switch hitting middle infielder that profiles as a future utility bench piece, and maybe a starter in the infield if he can really figure things out.

 

#21 RHP Seth Keller (ROK)

Seth Keller had a very rough debut — surrendering four walks without recording an out, but there’s still tons of upside with the 2022 draft pick. Keller posted video game numbers in high school, and the Braves paid him a pretty penny to get him away from his commitment to Old Dominion. He has a solid three pitch-mix for a player as young as he is, and I’m excited to see what the Braves can do with him going into 2023. He’ll probably start in Augusta.

 

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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