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Braves Top 10 Prospect Rankings: April

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After a quick first month into the 2017 campaign, we have our updated Braves’ prospect rankings:

  1. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS (Age 20) – Going into his third season with the Braves, Albies has moved up the ladder and has finally taken over the top spot with Dansby Swanson finding his home in Atlanta.

Team: Gwinnett Braves

AVG – .255

OBP – .279

SLG – .378

OPS – .656

HR – 0

RBI – 8

  1. Kolby Allard, P (Age 19) – Arguably the top pitching prospect in the organization, Allard is a southpaw with electric stuff for his age. Barring him staying healthy, he has the potential to grow into a top line starter down the road for Atlanta.

Team: Mississippi Braves

Win\Loss – 1-1

ERA – 1.67

IP – 27

K – 17

BB – 7

  1. Ronald Acuna, OF (Age 19) – I might be as high on Ronald Acuna as any other prospect within the organization. With a similar ceiling as Kevin Maitan, Acuna has the makings of a five-tool phenom.

Team: Florida Fire Frogs

AVG – .287

OBP – .333

SLG – .471

OPS – .805

HR – 2

RBI – 12

  1. Kevin Maitan, SS (Age 17) – Up to number 4, Kevin Maitan has all of the tools to become a future star. As a switch-hitter, he has power from both sides of the plate with the defensive skills to complement.

Team: HAS NOT PLAYED – GCL Braves

  1. Ian Anderson, P (Age 18) – The Braves’ 3rd overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft, Anderson jumps into my top 5. With a ceiling similar to Allard, Anderson has front-line starter potential. Still a tall and lanky prospect at 18 years old, he should get stronger which will only improve his overall ability.

Team: Rome Braves

Win\Loss – 2-1

ERA – 1.93

IP – 18.2

K – 29

BB – 10

  1. Mike Soroka, P (Age 19) – Soroka is a physically imposing pitcher at 6’5”, 225 lb. This size allows him to boast an above average sinker/fastball combo. At only 19 years old with great command, he could easily trend upwards to the likes of Allard and Anderson.

Team: Mississippi Braves

Win\Loss – 2-2

ERA – 2.61

IP – 20.2

K – 21

BB – 3

  1. Sean Newcomb, P (Age 23) – As the key piece of the Andrelton Simmons trade, Newcomb had high expectations joining the Braves farm system. As a power-armed lefty, he definitely has the tools to project as a dominant starter. Unlike Soroka, command has been the main hiccup for Newcomb. If he can control this slip-up, he will be joining the big league club sooner rather than later.

Team: Gwinnett Braves

Win\Loss – 1-1

ERA – 3.08

IP – 26.1

K – 35

BB – 15

  1. Max Fried, P (Age 23) – The former 1st round pick of the Padres back in 2012 has had his share of hurdles over the past few seasons, but he seems to be healthy and ready to make a push up the ladder. The Braves have another special lefty pitcher that has shown recently the ability to handle his business and should consequently push up the ranks rather quickly.  

Team: Mississippi Braves

Win\Loss – 1-2

ERA – 4.58

IP – 17.2

K – 14

BB – 10

  1. Luiz Gohara, P (Age 20) – And the trend continues…the Braves have found themselves with another dominant power southpaw. Gohara was sent to the Braves as part of the Mallex Smith trade with Seattle. In his first month with the A+ Florida Fire Frogs, Gohara has shown power with control.

Team: Florida Fire Frogs

Win\Loss – 2-0

ERA – 1.73

IP – 26.0

K – 27

BB – 5

  1. Travis Demeritte, 2B (Age 22) – Similar to Fried, Demeritte has had some obstacles he’s had to overcome early in his career. But with the Braves, he’s been a pleasant surprise. He has excellent power but with that, a knack for the strikeouts. If he can cut down on those, you won’t see him in Mississippi for long.  

Team: Mississippi Braves

AVG – .244

OBP – .330

SLG – .385

OPS – .714

HR – 1

RBI – 10

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