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Baseball America has released their Top 100 list. The Braves inclusions are as follows:

 

 #21 - Austin Riley

 #24 - Ian Anderson

 #25 - Mike Soroka

 #39 - Kyle Wright

 #53 - Touki Toussaint

 #80 - Bryse Wilson 

 #83 - Drew Waters

 #85 - Cristian Pache

 

 

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35 minutes ago, ATLBrave said:

Baseball America has released their Top 100 list. The Braves inclusions are as follows:

 

 #21 - Austin Riley

 #24 - Ian Anderson

 #25 - Mike Soroka

 #39 - Kyle Wright

 #53 - Touki Toussaint

 #80 - Bryse Wilson 

 #83 - Drew Waters

 #85 - Cristian Pache

 

 

Are any of these considered largely untouchable in any of you all's eyes? I know everyone is available for the right price, except for your Acunas and Trouts of the world, but humor me here.

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4 minutes ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

Are any of these considered largely untouchable in any of you all's eyes? I know everyone is available for the right price, except for your Acunas and Trouts of the world, but humor me here.

No. The most untouchable prospect in the system isn't even listed here... William Contreras. 

That said, I think the team really wants to hold onto Soroka and Riley.

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I had this written up before @ATLBrave posted, so I'm just going to roll with it. 

Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus came out with their Top 100 (or 101 in BP's case) Prospects Lists today. Both lists had Toronto stud Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the #1 prospect and both lists had 8 Braves make the list. Here's the 8 in alphabetical order, with their ranking BA/BP.

RHP Ian Anderson 24/29
OF Cristian Pache 85/62
3B Austin Riley 22/30
RHP Mike Soroka 25/53
RHP Touki Toussaint 53/70
OF Drew Waters 83/65
RHP Bryse Wilson 80/60
RHP Kyle Wright 39/58

This is the third consecutive season that Atlanta has placed 8 prospects on the BA list, which is pretty amazing considering that they have graduated Acuna, Albies, Swanson, and Newcomb during that time. 

The Padres and the Rays tied with 9 prospects, only the second and third time a team has had 9 prospects. The only other time was the 2011 Royals, who's core went to two World Series a few years later.

So the Braves, Padres, and Rays account for a little over a quarter of the top 100 prospects in baseball. Want to know who will be perpetual contenders into the next decade? Look at those teams.

The MLB Pipeline Top 100 comes out on Saturday.

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1 minute ago, K26dp said:

I had this written up before @ATLBrave posted, so I'm just going to roll with it. 

Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus came out with their Top 100 (or 101 in BP's case) Prospects Lists today. Both lists had Toronto stud Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the #1 prospect and both lists had 8 Braves make the list. Here's the 8 in alphabetical order, with their ranking BA/BP.

RHP Ian Anderson 24/29
OF Cristian Pache 85/62
3B Austin Riley 22/30
RHP Mike Soroka 25/53
RHP Touki Toussaint 53/70
OF Drew Waters 83/65
RHP Bryse Wilson 80/60
RHP Kyle Wright 39/58

This is the third consecutive season that Atlanta has placed 8 prospects on the BA list, which is pretty amazing considering that they have graduated Acuna, Albies, Swanson, and Newcomb during that time. 

The Padres and the Rays tied with 9 prospects, only the second and third time a team has had 9 prospects. The only other time was the 2011 Royals, who's core went to two World Series a few years later.

So the Braves, Padres, and Rays account for a little over a quarter of the top 100 prospects in baseball. Want to know who will be perpetual contenders into the next decade? Look at those teams.

The MLB Pipeline Top 100 comes out on Saturday.

Sorry to steal a little bit of your thunder! Everyone knows you are the go-to on this stuff.

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1 minute ago, ATLBrave said:

Sorry to steal a little bit of your thunder! Everyone knows you are the go-to on this stuff.

LOL, no problem. 

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9 minutes ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

Are any of these considered largely untouchable in any of you all's eyes? I know everyone is available for the right price, except for your Acunas and Trouts of the world, but humor me here.

See k26's comment above. I'd argue that anyone named Riley, Anderson or Soroka shouldn't be included in the same package unless Trout or Sale are coming back. 

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The Braves have signed former Rockies catching prospect Ryan Casteel to a minor league contract. Casteel played last season in the independent Atlantic League.

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Keith Law out his Top 100 over the last two days. Braves placed 9, with the rankings as follows:

  #22 - Kyle Wright

  #26 - Touki Toussaint

  #30 - Ian Anderson  

  #45 - Cristian Pache

  #51 - Bryse Wilson

  #57 - Mike Soroka

  #75 - Drew Waters

  #81 - William Contreras

  #87 - Austin Riley

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8 hours ago, jidady said:

Well, at least Law's been consistent in never liking Riley or Soroka.

He says in the write-up on Soroka that he dings him substantially for the shoulder issue, but take that for what it’s worth considering he’s had him at 60 in 2018 and unranked in 2017.  

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3 hours ago, ATLBrave said:

He says in the write-up on Soroka that he sings him substantially for the shoulder issue, but take that for what it’s worth considering he’s had him at 60 in 2018 and unranked in 2017.  

At least he no longer claims Soroka is "slight of frame".

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Fangraphs was particularly optimistic about the Braves in their just-released top 100 prospects. Ten Braves were within the top 72.

19. Pache
33. Riley
36. Soroka
38. Anderson
39. Wright
49. Waters
55. Contreras
57. Toussaint
61. Gohara
72. Wilson

Also, Law didn't rank Gohara because he (mistakenly) believes that he exceeded his rookie limits.

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On 1/23/2019 at 11:55 AM, ATLBrave said:

Baseball America has released their Top 100 list. The Braves inclusions are as follows:

 

 #21 - Austin Riley

 #24 - Ian Anderson

 #25 - Mike Soroka

 #39 - Kyle Wright

 #53 - Touki Toussaint

 #80 - Bryse Wilson 

 #83 - Drew Waters

 #85 - Cristian Pache

 

 

Here's the rest of the Braves top 30 from BA:
9. William Contreras, C
10. Luiz Gohara, LHP
11. Kyle Muller, LHP
12. Joey Wentz, LHP
13. Patrick Weigel, RHP
14. Kolby Allard, LHP
15. Greyson Jenista, OF
16. Freddy Tarnok, RHP
17. Tristan Beck, RHP
18. C.J. Alexander, 3B
19. Huascar Ynoa, RHP
20. Jacob Webb, RHP
21. Tucker Davidson, LHP
22. Chad Sobotka, RHP
23. Alex Jackson, C
24. Wes Parsons, RHP
25. A.J. Graffanino, SS
26. Jefrey Ramos, OF
27. Trey Riley, RHP
28. Izzy Wilson, OF
29. Jasseel De La Cruz, RHP
30. Ray-Patrick Didder, SS 

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14 hours ago, K26dp said:

Here's the rest of the Braves top 30 from BA:
9. William Contreras, C
10. Luiz Gohara, LHP
11. Kyle Muller, LHP
12. Joey Wentz, LHP
13. Patrick Weigel, RHP
14. Kolby Allard, LHP
15. Greyson Jenista, OF
16. Freddy Tarnok, RHP
17. Tristan Beck, RHP
18. C.J. Alexander, 3B
19. Huascar Ynoa, RHP
20. Jacob Webb, RHP
21. Tucker Davidson, LHP
22. Chad Sobotka, RHP
23. Alex Jackson, C
24. Wes Parsons, RHP
25. A.J. Graffanino, SS
26. Jefrey Ramos, OF
27. Trey Riley, RHP
28. Izzy Wilson, OF
29. Jasseel De La Cruz, RHP
30. Ray-Patrick Didder, SS 

Good Grief, we are loaded with depth. I am going to enjoy tracking CJ and Jenista.

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It's that time of the spring... when teams start to pare down their minor league rosters. The following Braves have been released:

C Alan Crowley
IF Luis Mejia
OF Justin Smith
OF Brandon Downes
LHP Connor Simmons
RHP Mason McReaken
RHP Bradey Welsh
RHP Joselin Vallejo

None of these are surprises, but I would expect Smith at least to catch on somewhere. 

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Some other recent releases:

C Lucas Herbert
IF Nick Shumpert
IF Marcus Mooney
OF Carlos Baerga
RHP Nick Pasquale
RHP Matt Rowland
LHP Tanner Allison
LHP John Curtis
LHP Kelvin Rodriguez

The big one here is of course Lucas Herbert, who was a 2nd round pick in 2015. A top-notch defender, Herbert's bat never came around. 

Also of interest was righty Matt Rowland, an 11th-round overslot bonus baby in 2016. Out of Pope HS, Rowland tore his UCL shortly after signing, and didn't make his pro debut until last season with Danville. He flashed a mid-90s FB and a potential plus curve. I had him pencilled in for the Rome rotation this season, but the Braves thought otherwise.

Nick Shumpert and Carlos Baerga are sons of major league players.

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1 hour ago, K26dp said:

Some other recent releases:

C Lucas Herbert
IF Nick Shumpert
IF Marcus Mooney
OF Carlos Baerga
RHP Nick Pasquale
RHP Matt Rowland
LHP Tanner Allison
LHP John Curtis
LHP Kelvin Rodriguez

The big one here is of course Lucas Herbert, who was a 2nd round pick in 2015. A top-notch defender, Herbert's bat never came around. 

Also of interest was righty Matt Rowland, an 11th-round overslot bonus baby in 2016. Out of Pope HS, Rowland tore his UCL shortly after signing, and didn't make his pro debut until last season with Danville. He flashed a mid-90s FB and a potential plus curve. I had him pencilled in for the Rome rotation this season, but the Braves thought otherwise.

Nick Shumpert and Carlos Baerga are sons of major league players.

Disappointed to see Marcus Mooney's name on the list but not surprised. There's just no place in today's MLB for Rafael Belliard type guys.

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