Saturday, October 31, 2009

Atlanta Braves Top 40 Prospects

1 Jason Heyward , OF , ATL
Heyward is a great prospect. As he develops and gains power, he will probably loose some speed and range in the OF. Great Prospect.
2 Freddie Freeman , 1B , ATL
Freeman has all the tools to be a big league 1B, he just needs time for the power to come around.
3 Julio Teheran , P , ATL
Teheran is blessed with a great arm. He put up great numbers in rookie ball and held his own in Low A ball as an 18 year old. If he stays healthy, he could be a good one.
4 JJ Hoover , P , ATL
Hoover dominated Low A ball this year. He has 3 potentially plus pitches. Another Braves arm to watch for.
5 Randall Delgado , P , ATL
Delgado dominated Low A ball this year. May be the most overlooked Braves pitching prospect in a while.
6 Mike Minor , P , ATL
Minor is a polarizing player. Some love him, some hate him. I think he will be a solid #3 guy, but in this system he may be a 4 or 5.
7 Zeke Spruill , P , ATL
Spruill was another great arm on the Rome staff. He has a good 3 pitch mix with great command. He could end next year in AA.
8 Brett Oberholtzer , P , ATL
Oberholtzer has mediocre stuff but has great control. It will be interesting to see if his gaudy numbers hold up at higher levels.
9 Craig Kimbrel , P , ATL
Kimbrel struggled a little in high A but progressed up to AAA by the end of the season, albeit for only 2 IP.
10 Adam Milligan , OF , ATL
Milligan hit really well in Low A. He hit 10 HR in in 197 AB and could be one to watch next season. All the tools are there.
11 Cody Johnson , OF , ATL
Johnson can crush the ball on the occasion that he hits it. He hit 32 HR's and struck out 171 times.
12 Dimaster Delgado , P , ATL
Delgado had a great strikeout rate and great control. I'll have to trust the stats on this one.
13 Christian Betancourt , C , ATL
Betancourt had a nice debut. He hit well and is a decent defender. He has a lot of upside at this age.
14 Robinson Lopez , P , ATL
Lopez was signed out of the DR as a 16 year old with some polish. Can hit 96. I like this guy
15 Brandon Hicks , SS , ATL
Hicks is still having a tough time making contact. He hit 10 HR's and stole 17 bases but is a disappointment at this point.
16 Cole Rohrbough , P , ATL
Which is the real Rohrbaugh? 2008 or 2009. I have a feeling it's in the middle but I don't know if that will be enough to be more than a lefty bullpen arm.
17 Brett Devall , P , ATL
Devall looked good in Low A this year but only thru 53 IP. He was young for the league and had good numbers. Could be in the top 10 next year. Especially if he makes it to high A next season.
18 Scott Diamond , P , ATL
Diamond has decent stuff but could be a decent bullpen arm.
19 Christopher Masters , P , ATL
Masters had a nice debut in rookie ball but was considerably older than his peers. Lets see what he does in full season ball.
20 Jose Ortegano , P , ATL
Ortegano has a decent fastball, curve, and a top notch change that is his out pitch.
21 Danilo Alvarez , P , ATL
Alvarez pitched well in rookie ball and could be a sleeper in the Braves system. Keep an eye on this guy.
22 Mycal Jones , SS , ATL
Jones is a toolsy athlete that the Braves think highly of. I put him in as high as he is due to his draft status more than anything.
23 Erik Cordier , P , ATL
Cordier was healthy this year but didn't do much with it. He still has a lot of work to do, but he has a chance to be a decent pitcher.
24 David Hale , P , ATL
Hale pitched well in rookie ball, but coming out of Princeton, the test will be at higher levels next season.
25 Edgar Osuna , P , ATL
Osuna had another good season, but not dominant. He could be a good bullpen arm in a few years.
26 Luis Valdez , P , ATL
Valdez looks like he could help out the Atlanta bullpen next season.
27 Cory Harrilchak , OF , ATL
Harrilchak was a 1st team all SEC player this season and a 14th rder in 2009. Was old for the APPY league but hit very well.
28 Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg ATL
Hmmm…Spanjer-Furstenburg is 21 in rookie ball and hardly played at Florida Atlantic so I'm not sure if this is a trend or a mirage.
29 Aaron Northcraft , P , ATL
Northcraft is a big strong guy who has a good fastball and a hard slider. I am confident he will be a good player.
30 Jeff Lyman , P , ATL
Lyman is another pitcher with a solid arm that could help the bullpen in 2010.
31 Cory Gearrin , P , ATL
Gearrin is another solid righty who could be a bullpen arm in 2010.
32 Luis Sumoza , OF , ATL
Sumoza showed good pop in 2008 for Boston, but hasn't hit since coming to ATL. Needs more power to move up in the system and up this list.
33 Thomas Berryhill , P , ATL
Berryhill can hit 97 but is undersized. I think he could be a good setup man by 2011.
34 Eric Campbell , 3B , ATL
Campbell didn't hit this year and was suspended twice for off field issues. Ignore.
35 Bennino Pruneda , P , ATL
Pruneda has a big arm for a short righty. He needs to cut back on his walks and he could be a backend of the bullpen guy.
36 Ryne Reynoso , P , ATL
Reynoso was a starter this year in AA but seems to be destined for middle relief to me.
37 Tyler Stovall , P , ATL
Wow, look at Stovalls walks, 56 in 52 IP. He was effectively wild with a 3.12 ERA. He has a high ceiling but he has a long way to go to get there.
38 Freddy Gamboa , OF , ATL
Gamboa signed last year as a 16 year old out of Colombia and only got a few AB's in the DSL, but he has a lot of upside.
39 Concepcion Rodriguez , OF , ATL
Rodriguez has shown power in the past but didn't in AA this season. If he show power this season in AA, he could be a good prospect.
40 Todd Redmond , P , ATL
Redmond has mediocre stuff and decent control. 5th starter at best.

10 comments:

Parish said...

I am impressed you are going 40 deep for each team. Which is "your team?"

That said, I think you did a pretty good job with my Braves. The top 6 match mine exactly. Genius!

FYI - Eric Campbell has been released and is no longer with the organization.

Guys you may have missed:
David Franics
Gerardo Rodriguez

Matt Garrioch said...

Awwww, letting Campbell go is a huge loss for the Braves..haha.
Rodriguez ranks 83rd currently. High K's, low BB's. Don't have a scouting report on him other than he has decent power.
Francis is at 55. Was very hittable in 2009 unlike his run in Danville in 2008.
My team is the Twins. Born and raised in MN, although I don't think I am Twins biased. I do like the direction they are going with Gibson, Sano, Polanco and Kepler, though.

Anonymous said...

wow thats a big list...Was wondering what happend to Angelo Paulino and Tyrelle Harris?

Matt Garrioch said...

Paulino is 42 on the Braves and Harris is at 89.

Anonymous said...

Evryone is missing a Braves sleeper prospect in Brandon Beachy. 6'3" w/ FB at 93-96. Signed as free agent summer of 2008 and spent most of this season in Myrtle Beach. Definite bullpen potential guy.Free agents tend to get overlooked but this guy will be legit with imporved curveball.

Matt Garrioch said...

Beachey wasn't missed, but may not be as high as you would have liked him. He is #48 on my list. His contol is very good but his strikeout numbers aren't that great considering his age and the level. If he can replicate these numbers in AA, he will jump up a ways.

Anonymous said...

Beachy must be doing something right to get an invite to extended fall ball and then one of a handful of "mini camp" invitees that report with big league camp. He might be older than some prospects, but this kid didn't start pitching until college. The Braves brass seem to be moving him through the system quickly, they must see something in his abilities.

Anonymous said...

shut up ryan!

Anonymous said...

Beachy is killing it in AA Mississippi this year.Braves better move him up quickly or another team is going to come in a swoop him.

Matt Garrioch said...

Beachy is doing great in AA, but the Braves have control over him for a while. If another team would want him, they would have to trade for him.

He's looking like a top 150 prospect right now.

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