Three Atlanta Braves featured on Keith Law’s top 100 list

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Kyle Muller #66 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the fourth inning against the New York Mets during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on July 26, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Kyle Muller #66 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the fourth inning against the New York Mets during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on July 26, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Braves Drew Waters
Drew Waters of the Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Braves drought at Gwinnett

Atlanta Braves fans believed Drew Waters was destined to line up alongside Pache and Ronald Acuña Jr. for years to come, but Waters’ 2021 wasn’t what everyone hoped for.

Law wasn’t as high on Waters as some others, and when the young outfielder struggled through the 2021 season at Gwinnett, he had no chance of getting on Law’s list.

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Despite batting .240/.329/.381/.710 and striking out just under 31% of the time, MLB Pipeline kept Waters on their top-100 at number 79.  Waters is still 23, and there’s an argument that losing the 2020 minor league season stalled his progress.

Even bouncing back to his 2019 numbers may not be enough; centerfield is starting to look crowded, particularly if Harris continues to progress as quickly as he has in the past.

Baseball Prospectus slicing things up

BP’s list (subscription required) divides their top-101 players up ranks them at their position as well as giving us a perspective on where players fir with their peers as well as with the herd; MLB Pipeline also provides a list by position, but only shows the top-ten at each.

BP has Pache at the number 14 outfielder of 18 on the list,  with Harris at number 11. MLB ranks Pache ninth.

BP and Pipeline agree that Langeliers is tenth on the catcher list; BP has Kyle Muller as second of the nine lefties on their top-101 list.