This was prospects week at Talking Chop as our minor league writers released our annual preseason Top 30 for the upcoming season. The Atlanta Braves have seen a number of young players graduate from the prospect list in recent years and the system as a hole has started to slip in some organizational rankings as a result. However, as our list shows, there is still a number of quality prospects in the system.
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Cristian Pache, Ian Anderson, Kyle Wright and Drew Waters were all included in Jim Bowden’s Top 50 prospects list for the 2020 season over at The Athletic.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman opens this week’s inbox and answers how might Atlanta go about replacing Josh Donaldson.
Third base coach Ron Washington was interviewed on the MLB Network Friday morning and said he would love to manage again at some point but that he has not received any phone calls. We will see if that changes with the Mets, Red Sox and Astros all in search of a new manager.
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The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that they team will retire Larry Walker’s number 33 on April 19 at Coors Field. Walker, who is in his final year of eligibility, will find out his Hall of Fame fate Tuesday when voting results are announced. Walker played for the Rockies from 1995 through 2004.
MLB Pipeline continued their Top 10 positional lists on Friday with a look at the best first base prospects. Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn tops the list and is followed by Seattle’s Evan White.
The Royals announced on Friday that their former owner David Glass passed away last week at the age of 85. Glass owned the franchise from 2000 to 2019 and agreed to sell the club to current owner John Sherman last August.
An interesting report from ESPN’s Don Van Natta states that Major League Baseball has shifted its view of deceased players who have been banned for life. That is significant when it comes to the consideration of a player like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
“From our perspective, the purpose of the ineligible list is a practical matter,” the source told ESPN. “It’s used to prevent someone from working in the game. When a person on the ineligible list passes away, he’s unable to work in the game. And so for all practical purposes, we don’t consider a review of the status of anyone who has passed away.”