MLB's Jonathan Mayo Releases His 2012 Top-20 Braves Prospects

People don't realize how good Arodys Vizcaino really is. The big question we'll be asking ourselves this spring is if the Braves will once again push him into a relief role or allow him to go back to starting.

It's going to get fast and furious with prospects this week. Today we got an Atlanta Braves prospect list from MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, then tomorrow we get the Baseball Prospectus list from Kevin Goldstein. Finally on Friday, ESPN's Keith Law releases his top-10 for each organization.

Here is Mayo's top-20 list:

  1. Julio Teheran, RHP
  2. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
  3. Randall Delgado, RHP
  4. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  5. Christian Bethancourt, C
  6. Sean Gilmartin, LHP
  7. Tyler Pastornicky, SS
  8. Joe Terdoslavich, 1B/3B
  9. Zeke Spruill, RHP
  10. J.R. Graham, RHP
  11. Edward Salcedo, 3B
  12. Nick Ahmed, SS
  13. J.J. Hoover, RHP
  14. Matt Lipka, CF
  15. Brandon Drury, 3B
  16. Carlos Perez, LHP
  17. Todd Cunningham, OF
  18. Mycal Jones, CF
  19. Navery Moore, RHP
  20. Billy Bullock, RHP

It's a decent list. I like the inclusion of Moore and Bullock at the end, even though relievers usually don't make the cut on top prospect lists. Though I find it strange that neither Kubitza nor LaStella make the list while Ahmed is listed pretty high. Ahmed at 12 is the biggest over-rank on this list, in my opinion.

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