Not too long ago, Baseball America released the Braves top ten prospect list. I consider Baseball America to be more traditional in their evaluation of talent which while not horrible, means they disregard a lot of sabermetric analysis. Still, these guys have been doing this longer then anyone so their list bears mentioning.
Number one is hurler Julio Teheran, who showed a ton of promise in 2010. This kid is still young yet he’s knocking on the door of making the big league club. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes in 2011. He might go back to Double-A but he’ll probably be in Gwinnett by the end of the year.
Number two is first baseman Freddie Freeman, who moved up the ladder and got his cup of coffee in 2010. At only 21, he’s being projected as the Braves starting first baseman. Another pitcher, Randall Delgado, comes in at three and he’s a year away from the Braves as well. Mike Minor (big league ready, left handed pitcher) and Craig Kimberel (also major league ready right handed pitcher) round out the top five. What I like is, the Braves have a good team already, and a ton of talent that’s set to debut in the next couple of years. The Phillies are tough and should be the favorite to win the division, but the Braves should be in the mix as well.
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