We are all fully aware of the hit that came to the Braves’ farm system this offseason and for many, that pain is still far too real. However, that does not mean that the Braves are, for now at least, bereft of talent in the minor leagues.
Quite on the contrary actually as the team still has loads of talent, especially in terms of pitching side, and a large portion of that talent will be at Double-A or Triple-A next season. This was exemplified with the release of Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list that saw eight Braves prospects named among the top 75 prospects in all of baseball.
The Braves that are on the list consist of Ronald Acuna (1), Luiz Gohara (23), Mike Soroka (27), Kyle Wright (34), Ian Anderson (42), Austin Riley (54), Kolby Allard (65), and Max Fried (72). Most of these names are well-known to regular followers of the minor leagues here at Talking Chop, so for more information you can just go take a peek at our prospect rankings and check out the articles that are going to be posted on Baseball America today. Here is a version of their top 100 that includes tool grades for every player on the list (it is behind a paywall, but if you are reading this and not a Baseball America subscriber....you are doing this wrong).
The biggest risers on this list are Austin Riley and Luiz Gohara with Gohara making a big leap into the top 25 and Austin Riley going from not even being on the top 100 list at all to being right in the middle of it. Max Fried also joined the list after being previously unranked.
As for those whose stock appears to be falling, that honor belongs to Kolby Allard although he is still ranked at a very healthy 65th. That does not mean that BA hates him. Also of note, former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan is not ranked at all. It appears the poor scouting reports he received from his stateside debut have hurt his stock greatly.
If you are looking for potential snubs amongst Braves prospects, there are legitimate cases to be made for Cristian Pache, Joey Wentz, and Bryse Wilson. That said, this particular class of prospects is very deep and loaded with talent and all three of those players just finished their first season of full season ball. If they continue what they did in 2017, somehow I doubt it will escape BA’s gaze.
The Braves led the way with the most prospects on the list with eight with at least a couple of others (Padres, Yankees) grabbing second place with six each. With spring training right around the corner, things are about to get really exciting.