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The top of the Braves system is headlined by AJ Smith-Shawver, who advanced four levels in his second full professional season in 2023 and made his major league debut as a 20-year-old.
Today, we’re unveiling the 10 best prospects in the Braves system entering 2024. Carlos Collazo is hosting a chat at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the state of Atlanta’s farm system.
See the 10 best prospects in Atlanta’s system, including brand new scouting reports for every player.
Below, you can also find a projected lineup in 2027 and the prospects with the best scouting tools in the system.
Projected 2027 Lineup
Catcher: Sean Murphy (32)
First Base: Matt Olson (33)
Second Base: Ozzie Albies (30)
Third Base: Austin Riley (30)
Shortstop: Vaughn Grissom (26)
Left Field: Jesse Franklin (28)
Center Field: Michael Harris II (26)
Right Field: Ronald Acuña Jr. (29)
Designated Hitter: David McCabe (27)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Atlanta’s Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Ignacio Alvarez
Best Power Hitter: Drake Baldwin
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Ignacio Alvarez
Fastest Baserunner: Isaiah Drake
Best Athlete: AJ Smith-Shawver
Best Fastball: Owen Murphy
Best Curveball: AJ Smith-Shawver
Best Slider: JR Ritchie
Best Changeup: Hurston Waldrep
Best Control: Lucas Braun
Best Defensive Catcher: Tyler Tolve
Best Defensive Infielder: Ambioris Tavarez
Best Infield Arm: Sabin Ceballos
Best Defensive Outfielder: Kevin Kilpatrick Jr.
Best Outfield Arm: Douglas Glod