Braves Have Two Top Prospectcs In Baseball America's Top Gulf Coast League Prospects

CB Wilkins

Jose Peraza and Luis Merejo are among the best prospects in the GCL

Over the next month, Baseball America will be presenting their top-20 prospects per league. They start at the bottom of the minor leagues, in Rookie Ball, with the Gulf Coast League. The GCL is the lowest state-side league the Atlanta Braves have in their organization.

This year the Braves placed a lot of young under-20-year-old talent in the GCL, much of it from the last two drafts. They also debuted some of their top international talent in the GCL, and two of those players ranked in BA's top-20 prospects for the GCL. Shortstop Jose Peraza was ranked as the 10th-best prospect, while left-hander Luis Merejo was ranked 13th.

Peraza is one of my favorite Braves prospects right now. He oozes defensive tools and has an Andrelton-like approach at the plate, with plus-plus speed on the basepaths. Talking Chop ranked him as the 14th-best prospect on our mid-season top-25, and he is sure to move much higher. He was promoted to advanced Rookie ball after just a month in the GCL, and hardly missed a beat, so we might see him on BA's top Appy League prospects as well.

Luis Merejo is a new name for most, but again, Talking Chop had him 18th on our mid-season top-25. This is his first taste of professional baseball, and at only 17 years old he had an impressive debut, registering 53 strikeouts in 41 innings, while walking just 9. Merejo has a good feel for pitching, which the Braves love, and should add a few miles per hour to his low-90s fastball in the coming years.

These are two great prospects who should be on prospect lists for years to come (until they're ready to help in Atlanta). Another Braves prospect in the GCL that BA said to watch is right-hander Jorge Montenegro. He did not necessarily impress with his stats, but apparently he has a mid-90s fastball and a promising curveball if he can harness his control. Someone to keep an eye on.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Join Talking Chop

You must be a member of Talking Chop to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Talking Chop. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker