What happens when you graduate your best prospect to the Majors? If you're the Braves, other prospects just take his place. Jason Heyward may no longer be a prospect, but a bunch of other prospects from the Braves system are beginning to fill the ranks of baseball's "top prospects." The Braves have five prospects that are ranked in Baseball America's top-50 mid-season prospect list -- a tenth of all the top-50 prospects in baseball. That may be an embarrassment of riches, but I'm not embarrassed.
The top prospect in the Braves system, 19-year-old right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran, ranks sixth in all of baseball. Here is what they say about our young pitching phenom:
Teheran has the highest upside of any pitcher in the minors currently, with a clean, power arm that produces consistent mid-90s heat, and he throws a lot of strikes. Teheran already has exceeded his career high in innings, so his second half may not be as impressive as his first.
First baseman Freddie Freeman is ranked a very impressive 20th. Here is their writeup on him:
The youngest player in the International League had a hot June (.923 OPS), allaying fears he couldn't make adjustments against advanced pitching. He's not far from being ready to join roommate Jason Heyward in the Braves' lineup.
RHP Randall Delgado, LHP Mike Minor, and RHP Arodys Vizcaino are also listed among the 26-to-50 range, though BA does not rank them after number-25.
Very impressive for our system to be that well stocked, especially with pitching. We here at Talking Chop will be presenting out top-30 Braves prospects starting on Monday, with an opportunity for you to submit your own top-30 list on Wednesday. So start thinking about prospects.