TomahawkTake’s top-30 Atlanta Braves prospects: Nos. 30-21
Braves Top-30 Prospects: Nos. 25-21
No. 25: Tyler Owens, RHP
- Drafted: (ATL) 13th RD, 2019
- Trinity Catholic HS
Owens may not have the traditional size of a power-pitcher, but even with his relatively small size he consistently pumps it up into the mid to high-90s mph with his fastball, followed by a strong slider.
Currently projected as a two-pitch reliever, Owens still needs to add a pitch or two if he wants to continue as professional starting pitcher (especially as he rises within the Braves’ system); but at just 18-years-old in 2019 he struck out 32 batters in 27.1 innings in the GCL and Danville, posting a decent 4.28 ERA.
No. 24: Kasey Kalich, RHP
- Drafted: (ATL) 4th RD, 2019
- Texas A&M
Topping out at 97 mph with his heater, Kalich was a force out of the A&M bullpen in his final collegiate season, leading to a nice showing in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The Braves quickly moved him up to Single-A Rome in his first pro season this past year and Kalich flourished, posting a 1.31 ERA to go with 22 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched. The guy has the body, the stuff and the talent to move quick in 2020.
No. 23: William Contreras, C
- Signed: (ATL) February, 2015
I’ll admit, I’ve never been as high on Contreras as most, though I believe he still has potential to one day become a decent major-league catcher.
Unfortunately, as the Braves pushed Contreras in 2019, he still didn’t get much going offensively and his 60 games in Double-A Mississippi only featured a .246 AVG and 3 home runs.
I realize as a catcher the kid isn’t expected to hit .300, but I need to see more to rank him higher than some of the other catchers in the Braves’ system.
No. 22: Thomas Burrows, LHP
- Drafted: (SEA) 4th RD, 2016
As a lefty who can run his fastball up to the mid-90s mph, the 2019 season was a big one for Burrows as he built off a strong 2018 campaign.
His 2019 featured a bit of a drop-off in run prevention (4.42 ERA in ’19, compared to a 2.66 mark in ’18), but almost three years ago former TT prospect expert Benjamin Chase projected Burrows as a future 7th-inning arm in a major-league bullpen, and I agree. We could even see him in the majors relatively soon.
No. 21: Jefrey Ramos, OF
- Signed: (ATL) July 2nd International signing period of 2016
- Dominican Republic
This is my attempt to get out in front of the hype, as I believe Ramos has a real future after he belted 16 home runs in Single-A Rome as a 19-year-old in 2018.
The 2019 season was more of a challenge, consisting of a full season in High-A Florida (where power goes to die), but Ramos still somewhat held his own and hit 9 homers with 16 doubles, a sign that the power tool is still there. I could be wrong, but this kid appears to have legit power as a corner outfielder.
That’s our first of three prospect reports – look for the second group tomorrow.