Members of the Tomahawk Take crew got together to rank the top 30 prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Amid a lockout, the Tomahawk Take crew ranked their top prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization. The following contributed:
- Alan Carpenter (@Carpengui)
- Jake Mastroianni (@ShortStopBall)
- Payton Wilkerson (@pmwilkerson99)
- Thomas Ashworth (@ThomasAshworth0)
- James Kunkle (@Jimmy_Kunkle)
- Matt Melton (@Matt_Melton20)
- Sam Peebles (@SPeeblesSports)
- Andrew Cicco (@Andrewnotsicko)
- Trent Dickeson (@Trenciarte)
Nine writers ranked the Braves prospects, and the rankings were then averaged together to get an overall ranking.
The Braves farm is not as highly ranked as it once was. Gone are the days of the Braves carrying the top farm system in baseball with prospects such as Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley, Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, and many others.
Graduating that many guys will obviously damage a minor league system’s ranking. Add in the international free agency restrictions the Braves have faced for several years, and the system is much thinner than it once was at the height of the rebuild.
The Braves did win a World Series Championship thanks mostly to that rebuild. So I think it is alright the farm system is not as highly ranked as it once was.
Now, the Braves look to defend their crown and win another (hopefully several) championship(s) in the coming seasons. Who will be in the next wave of players to make an impact in the future?
While the system is not as talented as it once was, there is still plenty of top end talent. The issue is the lower levels are not as deep, mainly due to the international sanctions the Braves faced.
There is a clear top tier of guys. Once one gets into the bottom of the system, rankings become a little murkier. This led to over 40 prospects receiving votes.