SportsTalkATL’s Top 25 Braves Prospect List (7/1)

  1. Matt Wisler
  2. Jose Peraza
  3. Lucas Sims
  4. Touki Toussaint (Previous Rank: Not ranked, acquired in trade)
  5. Kolby Allard (Previous Rank: Not ranked, drafted)
  6. Manny Banuelos
  7. Max Fried (Previous Rank: 4)
  8. Mallex Smith (Previous Rank: 7)
  9. Ozhaino Albies (Previous Rank: 8)
  10. Tyrell Jenkins (Previous Rank: 5)
  11. Dustin Peterson (Previous Rank: 10)
  12. Rio Ruiz (Previous Rank: 11)
  13. Arodys Vizcaino (Previous Rank: 12)
  14. Braxton Davidson
  15. Jason Hursh (Previous Rank: 13)
  16. Ricardo Sanchez (Previous Rank: 17)
  17. Jordan Paroubeck (Previous Rank: 16)
  18. Jose Briceno
  19. Dilmer Mejia
  20. Cody Martin (Previous Rank: 9)
  21. Alec Grosser (Previous Rank: 20)
  22. Garrett Fulenchek (Previous Rank: 21)
  23. Mike Soroka (Previous Rank: Not ranked, drafted)
  24. Andrew Thurman (Previous Rank: 22)
  25. Lucas Herbert (Previous Rank: Not ranked, drafted)

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The Braves essentially purchased Touki Toussaint from Arizona, and right off the bat I’m penciling him in as our 4th best prospect. He was ranked as a top 100 prospect going into the season, and had a nice debut for Rome. He is a long way away from being a big leaguer, but he has top of the rotation potential. Kolby Allard was our top pick in this year’s Draft, and if not for an injury he may have received consideration as the 1st overall selection. I’m starting him off 5th on the list, but I think he has potential to be sitting at #1 in the blink of an eye if he can live up to his potential. I bumped Ricardo Sanchez up a spot simply due to his potential. He has had good “stuff” this season, but the results have yet to come. I just see him having a higher ceiling than Jordan Paroubeck, who switches spots with him. Sanchez is pitching in Rome at just 18, so patience is virtue. New draft picks Mike Soroka and Lucas Herbert both make the list at 23rd and 25th overall, respectively.

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A lot of guys get moved down on the list due to Toussaint and Allard being placed high on the list, and it’s not a reflection on their play. This list consists of Mallex Smith, Ozhaino Albies, Dustin Peterson, Rio Ruiz, Arodys Vizcaino, and Garrett Fulenchek. Max Fried also falls victim to the additions of these prospects, and moves down three spots due to this and the emergence of Manny Banuelos, despite being sidelined by injury. Tyrell Jenkins loses a lot of ground as well, but this is because I have gotten bigger and bigger on Ozhaino Albies and Mallex Smith, so I opted to place them in front of Tyrell.  He’s put up nice stats for Mississippi, but has a high walk rate and low strike out rate. Jason Hursh continues to fall down the list, as he has hit a speed bump in his second year with AA Mississippi. He has a 5.4o ERA in 13 starts, and though he’s talented, he will have to step up it with the plethora of arms in our farm system if he wants to make it to the show. Cody Martin moves down a ton of spots, but this is mostly because I moved him up way too many spots in our last update. I still think the potential is there for Cody, but I fear he may end up being one of those “AAAA” players, who are seemingly stuck in limbo between having success in AAA but not having that success translate to the big leagues. His 10 K/9 rate in the bigs suggests he could be a nice reliever at some point, but for now Martin’s demotion moves him down the list. Alec Grosser is plummeting down the list as well. He has a 5.76 ERA in Rome and like Hursh, has fallen victim to the Braves stockpiling arms. The potential is still there for Grosser, who is just 20. However, him having more walks (46) than strikeouts (33) this season does not bode well for future success. He has some work to do.

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