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Braves have two of the top-five prospects in baseball

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Baseball America, the most trusted source for prospect analysis, released their top-100 minor league prospects for 2009 today, and the Braves were very well represented. Ranking right behind Matt Wieters, David Price, and Colby Rasmus, are our top two prospects Tommy Hanson (ranked fourth) and Jason Heyward (ranked fifth). This is the first time two Braves have been ranked in the top-five, and only the second time that two Braves have appeared in the top-ten since the rankings started in 1990 (the other time was in 1992 when Chipper Jones was ranked fourth and Ryan Klesko was ranked ninth).

Also appearing on the top-100 list were both Braves center field prospects. Jordan Schafer ranks 42nd, a considerable fall from his ranking of 25th in last year's top-100, and Gorkys Hernandez moves up from 92nd a year ago to 62nd in this year's list. Freddie Freeman rounds out this year's crop of Braves at number-87.

Also ranked last year were Jason Heyward who was ranked 28th, Jair Jurrjens was ranked 49th, and Brandon Jones was 70th.