4 Braves prospects we are glad Atlanta held on to at the trade deadline

The Atlanta Braves were relatively quiet at the trade deadline. Here are the prospects we are glad they kept around.

Aug 2, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; An Atlanta Braves throw back hat is shown with a glove in the dugout
Aug 2, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; An Atlanta Braves throw back hat is shown with a glove in the dugout / Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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Cody Milligan

If Cody Milligan hadn't gotten hurt earlier in the season and missed a big chunk of time, it is highly likely that he would have already been promoted to Triple-A. First is his defensive versatility as he can play all three outfield positions well and has seen significant time at second base in the minor leagues as well. In a pinch, he could probably be an emergency catcher as he played there in college. Milligan can run a bit as well with 21 steals in 2022 and 11 in just 36 games this season.

However, the thing to love the most about Milligan is his bat. This guy can flat out hit and as an added bonus, his approach at the plate leads to a lot of walks as well. Milligan is just one of those guys that keeps innings going and keeps an offense churning along. Sure, he doesn't hit for much power to speak of, but he isn't out there feasting on bloop singles against bad defenders. There are a lot of hard hit balls coming off his bat and he does it to all fields. Do not be surprised if Milligan's name starts popping up next spring if the Braves go into 2024 with a left field situation that is not settled

Ignacio "Nacho" Alvarez

Speaking of guys that can flat out hit but have questionable in-game power, Nacho Alvarez has been one of the few true highlights offensively down in the Braves' farm system in 2023. Alvarez's advanced approach often leads to a lot of walks and him poking the ball the other way, but there is some pop in his bat when he decides to turn on a pitch. His bat to ball skills are probably the best of any Braves prospect and his .291/.402/.407 slash line points to a promotion to Double-A in the not too distant future.

If Nacho were hitting for more power, he would have an argument as a top 100 prospect as the hit tool is there and he can play shortstop or third base quite well. Fortunately, there has been good news lately on that front as he just put up his best month as a pro in July with a .291/.384/.547 slash line with four homers. If Nacho can keep that up, he is going to start getting a lot more attention here soon.