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Top Ten Prospects from Baseball America

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BA posted their top ten Atlanta prospects today. So without further ado, here they are:

  1. Andy Marte, 3b
  2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c
  3. Elvis Andrus, ss
  4. Yunel Escobar, ss
  5. Anthony Lerew, rhp
  6. Joey Devine, rhp
  7. Chuck James, lhp
  8. Brandon Jones, of
  9. Eric Campbell, 3b
  10. Beau Jones, lhp
I have to say that I'm a little surprised that Marte regained the #1 spot. I thought it was a good shot he would stay at #2. With Saltalamacchia surging and having a great fall season in Arizona, I really thought he was poised to take over the #1 ranking.

If you look closely, something interesting will jump right out at you. The Braves #3 and #4 prospects are both shortstops...Andrus, who is just 17 years old, and Escobar, who is 23, are both potential stars. And with Wilson Betemit already in the majors, it looks more and more like Rafael Furcal will not be returning to Atlanta.

You really have to love the answer Bill Ballew of BA gave during a recent chat session on the Braves prospects:

Q: Ken from Alexandria, VA asks: How does Elvis Andrus compare with some of the other young recent 'South of the Border' SS sensations like Joel Guzman?

A: Bill Ballew: Elvis ranks as highly as anyone I have followed in 20 years of doing this, especially for a 17-year-old. His instincts cannot be taught, and his power is budding even though he is far from full maturity. He has an even keel and absolutely loves the game. In a few years, Braves fans may ask, "Rafael who?"

If that doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will!