The Braves have graduated and traded away a number of top 30 prospects, and Baseball America’s preseason farm system rankings reflect that:
From the Mariners to the White Sox and every team in between …
Where does your team rank in our 2022 Organization Talent Rankings?https://t.co/4AcvAuH0NC
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 2, 2022
The Braves have fallen all the way down to 22nd after ranking sixth to start 2021, fourth to start 2020 and 2019, and first in 2018 and 2017.
This isn’t too much of a surprise, as most teams have difficulty retaining a top system for an extended period of time. The Braves also didn’t have any help considering they were under severe international signing penalties from 2015 until a few weeks ago.
Still, there is a lot of top end talent in Atlanta’s system, and I like many of the prospects that they do possess. Alex Anthopoulos and his scouts have focused on talented college players in the draft to help replenish a system that has become very top heavy in a hurry. Thankfully, the rest of the NL East isn’t looking any better. The Mets are the highest ranked at 16th, the Marlins are 20th, the Phillies are 23rd, and the Nationals are 26th.