A way too early 2024 Atlanta Braves top-ten prospect list: Part one

Atlanta Braves roster reductions last week exposed just how thin the 28th-ranked minor league system in baseball is on high-level talent.

Atlanta Braves right Drue Hackenberg comes in at 9 on this 2024 top-ten prospects list.
Atlanta Braves right Drue Hackenberg comes in at 9 on this 2024 top-ten prospects list. / Eakin Howard/GettyImages
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6: Ignacio (Nacho) Alvarez 20 – 3B/SS – A

BA says, "Alvarez has arguably the best pure bat-to-ball skills" in Atlanta’s system. He struck only 17.4% of the time and walked 13.4% while posting a .284/.395/.391 line at Rome.

"He’s developed into Atlanta’s top pure hitting …has a knack for situational hitting, and (crushed0left-handed pitchers to the tune of a .964 OPS."

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BP called Alvarez a plus defender at third who could play second easily and play short in a pinch. That description makes him sound a bit like Vaughn Grissom with speed. BP compared him to former Braves prospect Justin-Henry Mallow, but better.

" Alvarez is better in just about every way and could be a plus hitter if he lifts the ball without sacrificing his bat-to-ball ability and interesting exit velocities. "

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That’s a Wrap

When so many of a team’s prospects are playing below or moving to AA next year, the Atlanta Braves farm system is clearly thin on useful Major League depth and mid-level trade pieces. The situation isn’t as bad as it sounds because GM Alex Anthopoulos planned ahead, extending the core of the lineup long enough to start the rebuild while the team continues to win.

Stay tuned for Atlanta Braves prospects one through five tomorrow.

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