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Atlanta Braves News: Smoltz on Andruw, Yelich and more

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Smoltz shocked by lack of support for Andruw Jones.

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BRAVES NEWS

Talking Chop 2018 Pre-season Braves Top 30 Prospect Rankings: 6-10

We have reached the Top 10 in our annual Top 30 countdown of the Braves’ best prospects. Max Fried, Austin Riley and Cristian Pache are among the group of players in this grouping.

Pipeline poll: Ohtani, Acuna, Whitley tops in execs’ eyes

Speaking of prospects, Jim Callis over at MLB Pipeline polled a group of club executives on who is Baseball’s best overall prospect. Shohei Ohtani finished first with 10 votes but Ronald Acuna was second with eight. Of course we all know that Ohtani really shouldn’t be classified as a prospect.

Why Andruw Jones should stay on Hall of Fame Ballot

Andruw Jones’ Hall of Fame hopes appear to be in jeopardy but he has a Hall of Fame pitcher and former teammate in his corner writes FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Smoltz spoke with Heyman about Jones’ career and reiterates that he was one of the best center fielders to ever play the game.

“He hit a ton of home runs and he played the greatest center field,” Smoltz recalled. “He affected the pitching staff. He saved bases. He saved runs. … He took away base hits in front of him. He had such a great first step.”

Yelich, Markakis share early career trajectory

In an article that I’m sure will thrill a lot of the Braves’ fan base, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman compares Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich to a young Nick Markakis.

Jace Peterson agrees to minor league deal with Yankees, per report

Former Braves utility man Jace Peterson reportedly has a new home after signing a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. Peterson’s deal is expected to include an invite to major league spring training.

MLB NEWS

Yankees checking in on Manny Machado

Heyman also reports that the Yankees have checked in again on the availability of third baseman Manny Machado although it still seems like a long shot that the Orioles will actually deal him.

Mets interested in Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier

Not to be outdone, the Mets are reportedly kicking the tires on a couple of free agent third baseman.