LISTEN UP: Organization Talent Rankings Podcast
As we continue our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30. You can see a free list of the rankings here.
The Baseball America annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth of each farm system’s prospects, where all players who haven’t exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues are eligible. The rankings are a product of BA editors and the capsules have been written by John Manuel.
1. Atlanta Braves
How They Got Here: Atlanta turned over its front office in September 2014, eying a shift from subsistence player development to a return to the “Braves Way” of high-risk, high-reward talent. Emphasizing upside and big tools, the Braves have stockpiled hard-throwing pitchers and prioritized high schoolers in the draft. They’ve also made some astute trades, for 11 of their Top 30 Prospects were acquired in trades, including No. 1 Dansby Swanson. Atlanta has both strong depth and plenty of high-ceiling talent.
High-Ceiling Sleeper: Dominican outfielder Cristian Pache has adjustments to make offensively but has made plenty of contact thus far as a pro and has defensive tools reminiscent of a young Andruw Jones. If his offense comes along, he could be an electric player.
Breakout Candidate: Lefthander A.J. Minter has a live arm and could jump into Atlanta’s bullpen quickly. In 2016, he finished at Double-A, struck out 12.2 per nine innings and hit 98 mph with his fastball while proving he was back healthy from Tommy John surgery.