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  1. Go here for prospects #30-50. Abrahan Gutierrez, C Age: 17 Bats: R Rank: 29 2016 Level: Instructional League Gutierrez was signed as an international amateur free agent out of Venezuela on July 2, 2016. Rated as the #15 prospect to come out of this year’s international signing class by Baseball America, Gutierrez signed for a $3,500,000 signing bonus, the largest signing bonus ever given to an international free agent by the Braves (a record broken less than an hour later when the Braves signed shortstop Kevin Maitan). Gutierrez had been on scout’s RADAR since 2011, when he played for Venezuela in the 12U World Championship team as an 11 year old. As a 14-year-old, Gutierrez played on the 15U World Cup team. He was widely regarded as one of the top two catchers in this international free agent class, and was an early target for the Braves. Gutierrez is a large young man, big enough that some scouts question if he’ll be able to stick behind the dish as he continues to fill out. It would be a shame if he had to switch positions, because he’s reportedly got an advanced feel for game calling, pitch blocking, and footwork. He also has a strong and lively arm. At the plate he has potential plus power, though that is mostly gap power at the moment. Like most players his age, he will need to work on strike-zone awareness and pitch recognition. The Braves have taken to skipping their top international signees past the Dominican Summer League and sending them straight to the Gulf Coast League, and Gutierrez will likely follow that path. He is already stateside, working out with other top prospects in the Instructional League.
  2. I'm going to go through my end-of-the-year Top 50 prospects with a write-up on each. I'm going to try to do one a day. Hope you enjoy. Corbin Clouse, LHP Age: 21 Rank: 50 2016 Level: A Rome 1.13 ERA 1.99 FIP 23 G, 0 GS, 62 IP 4.78 BB/9, 16.03 K/9 (stats from both Rookie League and class A) Clouse was a 27th-round pick by the Braves in the 2016 draft out of Davenport University in Michigan. Drafted that low and from a school not known as a hotbed of baseball activity, there was zero prospect buzz on Clouse. Clouse was assigned to the Danville Braves of the rookie Appalachian League and raised eyebrows when he pitched 6.2 innings and struck out 16 of the 22 batters he faced. Challenged with a promotion to class A Rome, Clouse continued to pitch very effectively, pitching to a 1.52 ERA in 23.2 innings over 15 appearances, continuing his impressive strikeout rate by getting 37 punch-outs. In the playoffs, Clouse didn’t allow a run in 4 appearances. Clouse didn’t start pitching regularly until his senior year of high school, which helps explain why he didn’t show up as a potential prospect. Clouse throws four pitches, a high number for a reliever. He primarily uses a 2-seam fastball that sits around 92 but can get up to 95 and as good movement. He compliments that with a sweeping slider that he can either back-door against righties or get lefties to chase. He mixes in a 4-seam fastball that has a sinking action and a tighter curveball, but these pitches are used more situationally. Clouse can get into trouble with command of the fastball, and that could be exploited as he moves up the organizational ladder. After Clouse’s dazzling professional debut season, he will likely start next season at class A+ Florida, along with most of his Rome teammates.