Atlanta Braves 2024 Top 30 Prospect Rankings: Pitching reigns supreme

Here is a look at the top prospects down in the Braves' farm system heading into the 2024 season.

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25. Isaiah Drake - OF

The Braves took a gamble when they picked Drake in the fifth round of the 2023 draft out of high school, but they could not resist his unique blend of athleticism. Drake can absolutely fly and should hit for some power as his hit tool develops. That said, he struck out WAY too much in his pro debut and is a long-term project at the moment. If things break the Braves way, Drake has All-Star upside, but he is a long way off from that at the moment.

24. Cody Milligan - INF/OF

Milligan doesn't get the respect he deserves due to his lack of size and power, but he makes a ton of contact, can really run, is incredibly versatile as a defender (he even played catcher in college), and drives the ball more than he is given credit for. The most likely outcome is that he ends up as a bench bat that can back up multiple positions, but Milligan could easily become a big leaguer in the near future.

23. Mario Baez - INF

Baez wasn't really on the radar heading into the 2023 season, but he broke out in a big way down in the DSL with an .815 OPS while stealing 21 bases and showing some very tantalizing raw power. The 17 year old's approach at the plate is beyond his years and will serve him well against more advanced pitching, but we will need to see him produce in full season ball before we get too excited and rank him higher.

22. Didier Fuentes - RHP

The Braves were hyper aggressive in 2023 in putting him at low-A Augusta at just 18 years old in 2023. While his first look at full season ball did not go overly well (that may be being generous), Fuentes throws from a very low arm slot that can be very difficult for opposing righties to deal with. His fastball generally sits in the low to mid 90's and his slider can be a swing and miss pitch, but he will need to develop more than that in addition to refining his command to stick as a starter. Very interesting arm here, but one that is going to need some time to develop.

21. Douglas Glod - OF

Glod was one of two significant international signings for the Braves back in 2022 along with Diego Benitez, but his first season in rookie ball was pretty underwhelming as he slashed just .224/.386/.398. Glod's lack of size could prove to be problematic in the long-term, but he is also only 19 years old and has a strong approach at the plate that should pay dividends if he can develop his hit tool more this coming season.