Tomahawk Take’s top-30 Braves’ prospects: Nos. 20-11
Braves’ Top-30 Prospects: Nos. 20-11
|30||LHP, Mitch Stallings||Single-A|
|29||2B, Greg Cullen||Single-A|
|28||LHP, Hayden Deal||High-A|
|27||3B, CJ Alexander||Double-A|
|26||1B, Bryce Ball||Single-A|
|25||RHP, Tyler Owens||Rookie|
|24||RHP, Kasey Kalich||Single-A|
|23||C, William Contreras||Double-A|
|22||LHP, Thomas Burrows||Triple-A|
|21||OF, Jefrey Ramos||High-A|
|20||RHP, Freddy Tarnok||High-A|
|19||RHP, Daysbel Hernandez||High-A|
|18||C, Logan Brown||High-A|
|17||OF, Greyson Jenista||Double-A|
|16||C, Shea Langeliers||Single-A|
|15||SS, Braden Shewmake||Double-A|
|14||OF, Justin Dean||Single-A|
|13||C, Alex Jackson||MLB|
|12||RHP, Jasseel De La Cruz||Double-A|
|11||RHP, Victor Vodnik||Single-A|
(italicized players were covered in previous post)
As you can see, the table has increased in size, as the current group has been added (in bold). Our next group of ten will complete the 30-player list.
Just like in Monday’s post, to provide clarity as to why each player is ranked where, check out the following excerpts on each new player listed in the table. I’ve also added some great video (via FanGraphs) to most of the player excerpts, for anyone interested. All ages listed are for the 2020 season:
No. 20: Freddy Tarnok, RHP
- Drafted: (ATL) 3rd RD, 2017
- Riverview HS
(VIDEO) There’s still a lot of hype and upside with Tarnok, who received a $1.445 million signing bonus coming out of high school. He doesn’t wield spectacular velocity as a starter (93-94 mph), but reportedly has plus-plus secondaries (changeup / curveball), which makes me think a full season in High-A Florida in 2020 will increase his stock. People forget he just turned 21. I’m not ready to give up on Tarnok yet.
No. 19: Daysbel Hernandez, RHP
- Signed: (ATL) September, 2015
After a rather mediocre 2018 season between Single-A Rome and High-A Florida (4.50 ERA), Hernandez figured some things out in 2019, earning himself an Arizona Fall League invite after posting a stingy 1.71 ERA and striking out 70 batters in 52.2 innings (12.0 K/9) with High-A Florida. The trajectory of Hernandez’s prospect stock is pointing straight up going into the 2020 season.
No. 18: Logan Brown, C
- Drafted: (ATL) 35th RD, 2018
- Southern Indiana
Brown doesn’t get a lot of credit, but all he has done is hit .272 and throw out 40% of base-stealers in his 2-year stint as a pro. Granted, he’s a lefty-hitting catcher with very little power; however, I’m higher on Brown than Contreras at this point, and 2020 could be a big year for the 23-year-old as he’ll most likely spend some time in Double-A Mississippi competing with Contreras (and most likely Shea Langeliers) for playing time.
No. 17: Greyson Jenista, OF
- Drafted: (ATL) 2nd RD, 2018
- Wichita State
(VIDEO) The 2019 season definitely didn’t go the way Jenista hoped for, as he took a step back and slashed just .233/.318/.349 across two levels of the minors (High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi) after hitting a respectable .265 in 2018. Although, this past season Jenista was challenged and tasked with facing upper-minors pitching for the first time in his pro career, and he actually showed promise by hitting .243 with 5 home runs in 74 games in Mississippi (better than his numbers in Florida). Jenista also represented the Braves in the Arizona Fall League this past fall.
No. 16: Shea Langeliers, C
- Drafted: (ATL) 1st RD, 2019
The Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft had a poor start to his pro career, hitting just .227 with Single-A Rome in June and July combined (his first 30 games). The sheer talent couldn’t be held back for long, though, and Langeliers finished off 2019 with a .281 AVG in August, tallying a total of 13 doubles in his 54-game stint with Rome. Langeliers also threw out 16 of 39 base-stealers (41 CS%) while in the pros. Despite a slow start, this guy looks to be the real deal.