Braves Top-10 Prospect List of MLB.com

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 01: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves stretches takes his first at-bat against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 1 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Courtesy of prospect guru Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, here is the Atlanta Braves top-10 prospect list for 2011. No real surprises, and the article is definitely worth checking out. Here is the list:

1. Julio Teheran
2. Freddie Freeman
3. Mike Minor
4. Craig Kimbrel
5. Arodys Vizcaino
6. Randall Delgado
7. Carlos Perez
8. Christian Bethancourt
9. Matt Lipka
10. Brandon Beachy

There's really no doubting the top two, but it's interesting to see he has Minor and Kimbrel so high. He must place an emphasis on being Major League-ready compared to still working out the kinks in the Minors. Mayo gives Bethancourt one of the highest rankings he has ever received, and this is what he had to say:

After a really solid United States debut in 2009, Bethancourt's full-season debut was a bit of a disappointment. The Panamanian backstop hit .251/.276/.331 with Rome, though he did throw out better than 39 percent of would-be basestealers. Still only 19, he's got all the tools to be a successful all-around catcher; he just needs to apply them more. Even if he has to repeat in Rome, he'll be young for his level.

He could really break out onto the national scene with a big year at the plate. He also lists some of his under-the-radar guys, as well as his picks for hitter and pitcher of the year.

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