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  1. 1. Cristian Pache | OF
    Cristian Pache
    Born: Nov 19, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Matias Laureano (Braves).

    Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Run: 70. Fielding: 80. Arm: 70.
    Track Record: Signed by the Braves for $1.4 million when he was 16, Pache progressively tapped into more power as he climbed the minor league ladder and, after spending the 2019 season at Double-A and Triple-A, made his big league debut in 2020. Pache had a reserve role during parts of the regular season and saw just four at-bats. He was included on the Braves’ postseason roster and stepped into a starting role in the Championship Series after Adam Duvall suffered an oblique injury. Shortly thereafter he became the seventh major leaguer to hit his first home run in the playoffs—going deep against the Dodgers’ Julio Urias—while showcasing the outstanding defense in center field that has been hyped for years.

    Scouting Report: Pache’s postseason offered the Braves a glimpse of what’s to come. After adding around 30 pounds of muscle over the last three years, Pache is solidly built with enough raw power to keep pitchers honest. His strengths still lie on the defensive side of the ball. Pache has the plus-plus speed to cover enough ground in even the most expansive outfields, and his instincts and arm strength elevate him to the level of potentially one of the best center fielders in baseball. He reads the ball off the bat well, takes efficient routes and has the athleticism and natural timing to make highlight-reel diving catches and jumps at the wall. His plus-plus arm makes runners think twice about taking an extra base. It would be a surprise if he never won a Gold Glove. Pache has upside as a hitter, too. The Braves were happy enough with his growth in 2020 to put him on the big league roster. He has enough bat speed to handle the velocity of the modern game, and he pairs it with solid pitch selection and strike-zone recognition. What could limit him as a hitter is an extreme pull tendency at the plate. He hit between 50% and 59% of his batted balls to his pull side from 2017 to 2019 in the minors. For context, the major league average pull rate in 2020 was 41%. And while Pache does have plus raw power, all of his in-game home runs have gone to the far pull side in left field. Figuring out how to use the opposite field will be necessary for Pache to become an average hitter, and a missed 2020 minor league season might have hampered that development.

    The Future: After more than holding his own for the Braves in short stints in 2020, Pache should become an outfield regular in 2021. He will immediately be one of the game’s most exciting young defensive players.

  2. 2. Ian Anderson | RHP
    Ian Anderson
    Born: May 2, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Clifton Park, N.Y., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Greg Morhardt.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.
    Track Record: Anderson quickly ascended the minors after being drafted third overall in 2016 and made a tremendous impact in his big league debut. Called up after the Braves’ rotation was eviscerated by injuries, Anderson was one of the game’s best pitchers in September and October. He allowed two earned runs in 18.2 innings. opening with three consecutive scoreless outings and starting Game 7 of the NLCS.

    Scouting Report: Anderson does a tremendous job limiting hard contact and generating whiffs with his three-pitch mix. His fastball sits around 94 mph and gives hitters a unique look with low spin rates and more drop than a typical fastball. That pairs wonderfully with an 86-88 mph changeup that generated a 40% whiff rate in his debut. It has less movement than typical changeups, but plays well because he sells it out of his overhand arm slot. Anderson’s confidence and ability to throw it for strikes makes his changeup a plus offering. His curveball is his third pitch, but it is enough of a different look to keep hitters off-balance. While no single pitch is a true wipeout, his ability to tunnel them and command the ball makes his arsenal deadly, especially with his ability to consistently change hitters’ eye levels.

    The Future: Anderson has solidified his place as the Braves’ No. 3 starter. The development of his breaking ball will determine if he becomes more.

  3. 3. Drew Waters | OF
    Drew Waters
    Born: Dec 30, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Woodstock, Ga., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dustin Evans.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.
    Track Record: A local Georgia product drafted in the second round in 2016, Waters steadily climbed the minor league ladder and won the Double-A Southern League’s batting title and MVP award in 2019. The switch-hitter finished the year in Triple-A, played for Team USA’s Olympic qualifying team in the fall and spent 2020 at the alternate training site, where he mainly focused on his righthanded swing and improving his plate discipline and approach.

    Scouting Report: Waters is a long, lean athlete with a loose, handsy swing that gives him above-average hitting potential. He shows that potential against righthanders (.866 OPS in 2019) but still has improvements to make against lefties (.644 OPS). Waters is extremely aggressive in his pitch selection and has worked to become a more patient, selective hitter, particularly after his strikeout rate ballooned against upper-level arms. Waters has above-average power potential from both sides, but how much he accesses in games will depend on his pitch selection. His defense is underrated given his proximity to Cristian Pache in the system. He is capable of playing center field as a plus runner with above-average arm strength.

    The Future: The canceled minor league season hurt Waters’ ability to develop his offense against high-level arms. If his 2020 work translates in games, he should become a regular in Atlanta’s outfield.

  4. 4. Shea Langeliers | C
    Shea Langeliers
    Born: Nov 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Baylor, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan (Braves).

    Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.
    Track Record: The No. 2 catcher in the 2019 draft behind Adley Rutschman, Langeliers was drafted ninth overall by the Braves and signed for an under-slot $3.9 million. Considered the best defensive backstop in the class, he immediately went to low Class A Rome for his pro debut and was a standout performer at the Braves’ alternate training site in 2020.

    Scouting Report: Langeliers lives up to his reputation as a high-level defender by pairing a standout, 70-grade arm with impressive hands in receiving and a desire to consistently improve. He threw out 41% of basestealers in his pro debut and shows all the traits of at least a plus defender behind the plate. Langeliers has solid offensive tools as well. He impressed Braves officials with his ability to drive the ball with authority to right field at the alternate site, especially after he mostly pulled the ball in his debut. His bat projects more average than above and he still needs more reps against upper-level pitchers. Langeliers puts together quality at-bats and has enough strength to project average power.

    The Future: Langeliers’ defense behind the plate will carry him up the ladder. He has a chance to become a first-division regular as long as his bat continues to develop.

  5. 5. Bryse Wilson | RHP
    Bryse Wilson
    Born: Dec 20, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Hillsborough, N.C., 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Billy Best.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 40. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 55.
    Track Record: Wilson has pitched in the majors in minor roles during each of the last three seasons but still has just 42.2 big league innings. He was called on to start Game 4 of the NL Championship Series against Clayton Kershaw, and he responded by outpitching the future Hall of Famer over six innings, allowing only one run and one hit.

    Scouting Report: A durable righthander, Wilson has impressive fastball command and knows how to establish the strike zone early. He throws four-seam and two-seam fastballs that each average 93-95 mph. He gets ahead of hitters with first-pitch strikes using both. Wilson’s best secondary pitch has always been his changeup, which sits around 85-86 mph with solid drop. Some evaluators believe it could be a plus offering. Wilson’s best breaking ball is a hard slider that could be classified as a cutter due to its lack of horizontal movement and firm velocity in the 87-89 mph range. He occasionally throws a curveball in the upper 70s, but the pitch has below-average spin and is a distant fifth offering.

    The Future: Wilson profiles as a back-of-the-rotation workhorse type who will throw strikes and compete. He’ll be just 23 in 2021 and still has plenty of time to continue adjusting and improving.

  6. 6. William Contreras | C
    William Contreras
    Born: Dec 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2015.
    Signed By: Rolando Petit.

    Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, William impressed in the South Atlantic League as a 20-year-old in 2018 before advancing to Double-A Mississippi in 2019. His improved defensive focus allowed the Braves to feel comfortable calling him up for his major league debut in July after both Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers showed coronavirus symptoms.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Contreras is a solid athlete for a catcher, has a strong throwing arm and shows plus raw power at the plate. He previously struggled with consistency and focus as a defender, but he made massive strides in 2020 spring training and throughout the year. He worked hard to improve his defense with catching coordinator J.D. Closser to the point where some now believe he could become a plus defender. He moves well behind the plate and has improved as both a receiver and blocker. At the plate, Contreras has the raw power to homer to all fields, but most of his in-game power has gone to his pull side. He has a tendency to chase at times, but generally puts together quality at-bats with a good two-strike approach.

    THE FUTURE: Contreras may be ready for an expanded major league role in 2021. He has a chance to become an everyday catcher as long as his defensive improvements hold.

  7. 7. Kyle Muller | LHP
    Kyle Muller
    Born: Oct 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Dallas, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.

    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.
    Track Record: Muller has come a long way since the Braves drafted him out of high school in 2016. After sitting in the upper 80s in his first full season, Muller filled out his large, 6-foot-7 frame and now has the best fastball in Atlanta’s system. After topping out at 98 mph in 2019, Muller sat 95-97 mph and touched 100 at the Braves’ alternate training site in 2020.

    Scouting Report: Muller’s calling card is his fastball. Its plus-plus velocity plays up even further with high spin rates that generate plenty of whiffs at the top of the zone. The pitch plays especially well with Muller’s extension toward home plate out of his huge frame. Muller has worked hard to refine his secondaries, focusing on improving his curveball and changeup, while also adding a slider to the mix. He has flashed above-average potential with all three but needs to improve his consistency with all of them. Muller will also need to sharpen his fastball control after averaging 5.5 walks per nine innings at Double-A in 2019.

    The Future: The Braves see Muller as a starter and believe he has the athleticism and work ethic to make the necessary gains in control and secondary pitch quality to succeed in that role. If he stalls, his stuff will play in the bullpen.

  8. 8. Braden Shewmake | SS
    Braden Shewmake
    Born: Nov 19, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Texas A&M, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Run: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: Shewmake was one of college baseball’s best hitters during his three years at Texas A&M and was drafted by the Braves in the first round, at No. 21 overall in 2019. He continued proving his hitting prowess by batting .318 at low Class A Rome and earning a promotion to Double-A in his pro debut. He spent the 2020 season at the Braves’ alternate training site.

    Scouting Report: Shewmake is an athletic, 6-foot-4 shortstop who possesses defensive versatility, a high baseball IQ and a natural feel for hitting. He has a solid, contact-oriented swing with above-average bat speed. He gets the most out of his natural abilities with a solid approach at the plate. His power isn’t exceptional, but he has already added about 10 pounds since college and evaluators believe he could grow into 15-20 home runs if he continues to add more strength. The Braves will continue to run Shewmake out at shortstop, where he has solid instincts that make his reliable but unspectacular glove and arm play up. He’s a better runner than expected from a player his height, getting to plus times underway.

    The Future: Shewmake needs more time to acclimate to upper-level pitching, but he’s already moving quickly. He projects as a super utility type for most scouts who can play all over the infield and potentially the outfield, if necessary.

  9. 9. Jared Shuster | LHP
    Jared Shuster
    Born: Aug 3, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Wake Forest, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Billy Best.

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.
    Track Record: Shuster took a giant leap last spring at Wake Forest, going from a middling lefty who sat 88-92 mph to touching 97 while also showing radically improved control. The Braves bought into his improvement and drafted him in the first round, No. 25th overall and signed him for just under $2.2 million, continuing their recent trend of selecting college players with their first picks.

    Scouting Report: A 6-foot-3 lefthander, Shuster stands out for his impressive pitchability. He walked just nine batters in 58.1 innings between Wake Forest and the Cape Cod League, and Braves officials were impressed with his ability to locate both of his secondary offerings. Shuster’s improved fastball now sits 92-95 mph and can reach higher as needed. His best pitch is his changeup. It’s a true plus offering with impressive tumble that he throws with confidence. Shuster’s slider is fringier and can get slurvy at times but has a chance to be average with continued development. He has improved his control enough to be an above-average strike-thrower, though he will need to prove it in pro ball.

    The Future: Shuster’s fastball and changeup give him a solid foundation. He has to show he can hold his improved velocity over a full season and sharpen his slider, which will be his main goals in 2021.

  10. 10. Tucker Davidson | LHP
    Tucker Davidson
    Born: Mar 25, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Midland (Texas) JC, 2016 (19th round).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.
    Track Record: An unheralded 19th-round pick, Davidson steadily climbed the minors one level at a time until a breakthrough 2019, when he logged a 2.15 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A. He began 2020 at the alternate training site and earned his first big league callup on Sept. 26, when he pitched 1.2 innings of relief against the Red Sox.

    Scouting Report: Davidson became more efficient in his delivery in 2020, implementing his lower half more effectively to help him hold his top-end velocity. His fastball sits around 92 mph and has been up to 97, and his development should help him maintain an above-average fastball. Formerly a fastball/curveball pitcher, Davidson added a slider to his repertoire and it now looks like his best breaking ball, with above-average potential in the mid-to-upper 80s. Davidson’s curveball has above-average vertical depth and could be an average pitch if he can land it consistently. Davidson throws a changeup, but it’s his fourth-best offering. He walked four batters in 1.2 innings in his big league debut, and his walk rate has been a tick below-average in his minor league career.

    The Future: Questions about Davidson’s durability and control lead opposing scouts to believe he profiles as a reliever in the majors. The Braves haven’t given up on him as a starter.

  11. 11. Michael Harris | OF
    Michael Harris
    Born: Mar 7, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Stockbridge, Ga., 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Kirk Fredriksson.

    TRACK RECORD: An athletic, two-way player out of Stockbridge High just south of Atlanta, Harris preferred hitting and the Braves liked his upside enough to draft him in the third round as a position player. After showing exciting tools in 2019, Harris spent 2020 at the alternate training site working to improve his offensive approach.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Harris faced some of the team's top pitching prospects at the alternate site and impressed with the quality of his at-bats. He has above-average power potential and a chance to be an above-average hitter as well, though he has holes in his swing he will need to close against upper-level pitching. A solid athlete who is an above-average runner underway, Harris has spent most of his time in center and right field. He ultimately projects to be a right fielder with plenty of arm strength for the position.

    THE FUTURE: Harris is one of the organization's most exciting lower-level prospects. He is slated to begin 2021 at one of the Class A levels.

  12. 12. Huascar Ynoa | RHP
    Huascar Ynoa
    Born: May 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero (Twins).

    TRACK RECORD: The Braves acquired Ynoa in a 2017 trade with the Twins that sent lefthander Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker to Minnesota. Ynoa progressed through the minors quickly after joining the Braves and appeared in the majors each of the last two seasons as both a starter and a reliever. He made nine appearances during the 2020 season with shaky results, but came up big with four shutout innings of relief against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ynoa has a three-pitch mix topped by a fastball that sits in the 95-96 mph range. His fastball has a low spin rate that limits his ability to get whiffs up in the zone, but it does allow him to get grounders at an above-average rate. Ynoa backs it up with a slider that averages 86 mph and a changeup in the same velocity band. All three of his pitches are at least average offerings. His slider is his best as a plus pitch with downward bite. Ynoa's biggest challenge will be to improve his below-average command and control. He frequently misses the strike zone and will need to execute his pitches more consistently.

    THE FUTURE: Ynoa's pitch mix is that of a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his control makes it more likely he ends up a reliever. Either way, he'll play a role for the Braves in 2021.

  13. 13. Jasseel De La Cruz | RHP
    Jasseel De La Cruz
    Born: Jun 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Matias Laureano.

    TRACK RECORD: A late-bloomer who signed for a $55,000 bonus out of the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz hit his stride in pro ball and showed he could succeed as a starter against upper-level competition at Double-A Mississippi in 2019. The Braves brought him to the alternate training site in 2020 and called him up to the majors in September, although he didn't appear in a game before being sent back down.

    SCOUTING REPORT: De la Cruz has two loud offerings, including a plus-plus fastball that sat 97 mph and touched 100 mph at the alternate site. He pairs it with a hard, vertical slider that earns above-average to plus grades. De la Cruz will need to improve his fastball command to fully optimize the two-pitch tandem. He throws strikes but doesn't have the command to pinpoint the ball, largely due to his long arm action in the back of his delivery. He has made strides in the control department, giving some hope he could remain a starter. He's made progress with his changeup to give him a usable third offering.

    THE FUTURE: De la Cruz has had success as a starter, but most scouts think he'd be best suited as a reliever. He'll open 2021 in Triple-A.

  14. 14. Patrick Weigel | RHP
    Patrick Weigel
    Born: Jul 8, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Houston, 2015 (7th round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan.

    TRACK RECORD: The Braves' 2016 minor league pitcher of the year, Weigel had Tommy John surgery the following year and missed most of 2018 as well. He returned in 2019 with a solid season at Triple-A Gwinnett and saw his stuff return to its pre-injury form. The Braves brought Weigel to the alternate training site in 2020 and called him up for his major league debut on Sept. 4, although Weigel struggled with two hits, two runs and three walks allowed in two-third of an inning against the Nationals.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Weigel's fastball typically sits around 95 mph and has touched 97-98. The pitch is solid-average in longer stints with good carry and running life and can be a plus offering in shorter outings. Weigel worked to reshape his slider into a sweepier pitch with more horizontal break at the alternate site. If the changes hold, the Braves believe Weigel's slider will get more swings and misses and have one of the best sliders in the system. Weigel also throws an average changeup to give him the needed third pitch to start, but his control is fringy.

    THE FUTURE: Weigel fits best as a swingman or multi-inning reliever with his stuff playing up in shorter outings. He should be ready to help the Braves pitching staff in 2021.

  15. 15. Daysbel Hernandez | RHP
    Daysbel Hernandez
    Born: Sep 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Rolando Petit.

    TRACK RECORD: Hernandez spent two seasons pitching for Pinar Del Rio in Cuba's major league, Serie Nacional, and signed with the Braves for $190,000 in 2017. He spent 2019 as the closer at high Class A Florida and got back on the field in 2020 during instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez has some of the most electric stuff in the Braves system. He pitches with a powerful fastball/slider combination out of the bullpen, with his heater consistently in the 96-99 mph range and his slider a plus weapon. Hernandez had the highest swinging strike rate in the Florida State League among pitchers who threw at least 50 innings and the fifth-highest in all of high Class A. What holds Hernandez back is his control, which was below-average in the FSL and downright troubling when he walked 10 batters in 11.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League. The Braves were impressed with how polished he looked at instructional league, so the hope is he has taken a step forward. He has the demeanor, mentality and stuff to pitch in high-leverage situations.

    THE FUTURE: Hernandez is one of the Braves' better relief prospects. He has late-game potential.

  16. 16. Bryce Elder | RHP
    Bryce Elder
    Born: May 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Texas, 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan.

    TRACK RECORD: Elder spent his freshman year as a reliever at Texas before moving into the rotation as a sophomore. He quickly became one of the Longhorns' top starters and was off to a dominant start in 2020 before the season shut down. The Braves drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for an above-slot $847,500 bonus.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Elder has a solid three-pitch mix and throws lots of strikes. He throws his sinking fastball in the 88-93 mph range and his above-average slider is his out pitch. He also mixes in a solid changeup. While other pitchers have more stuff, Elder is a safer bet to remain a starter. He has an advanced feel for pitching and the Braves love his ability to manipulate the baseball. They think he can successfully add a four-seam fastball and curveball to his arsenal to develop a vertical pitch profile in addition to his current horizontal sinker/slider profile. Elder avoids damage by inducing lots of groundouts and is a smart pitcher who knows what to throw in what situations.

    THE FUTURE: Elder has a chance to be back-of-the-rotation starter. His pro debut awaits in 2021.

  17. 17. Alex Jackson | C
    Alex Jackson
    Born: Dec 25, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--San Diego, 2014 (1st round).
    Signed By: Gary Patchett (Mariners).

    TRACK RECORD: Jackson's won BA's High School Player of the Year Award and was the sixth overall pick in 2014, but he flopped in the Mariners' system and was traded to the Braves after the 2016 season for Max Povse and Rob Whalen. The Braves moved Jackson from the outfield to catcher, his original position, and he began to regain his footing. He made his major league debut in 2019 and returned to Atlanta in 2020, albeit for just five games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jackson's loudest tool is his raw power. He hits titanic home runs in batting practice and earns the occasional 80 grade, but he doesn't get to it in games. Jackson is a prolific free swinger who strikes out frequently and is a bottom-of-the-scale hitter. He rarely makes contact, but hits the ball hard when he does. Jackson has improved dramatically as a defender over the last few years and now has a chance to be solid-average behind the plate. His framing metrics are good and his plus arm strength allowed him to throw out 50% of basestealers at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: Jackson's improved defense and raw power give him a chance to be a backup catcher. He won't be more unless his hitting ability improves dramatically.

  18. 18. Bryce Ball | 1B
    Bryce Ball
    Born: Jul 8, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Dallas Baptist, 2019 (24th round).
    Signed By: Ray Corbett.

    TRACK RECORD: The Braves may have found a late-round gem in Ball. The 24th-round pick hit .329/.395/.628 in his pro debut across the Rookie-level Appalachian and low Class A South Atlantic leagues in 2019. The Braves brought Ball to the alternate training site in 2020, where he asserted himself as one of the top power hitters in the system.

    SCOUTING REPORT: With a hulking, 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame, Ball has plus-plus raw power and pairs it with solid plate discipline and a clean lefthanded swing. He needs to prove he can hit upper-level pitching and keep his strikeout rate in check, but in a system light on true power hitters, Ball tops the list in terms of home run potential. Ball worked to improve his defense at first base at the alternate site. He played the position sparingly in college and remains raw around the bag.

    THE FUTURE: Ball's upside is all in his bat. He'll try to show his debut wasn't a mirage in 2021.

  19. 19. Victor Vodnik | RHP
    Victor Vodnik
    Born: Oct 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Rialto, Calif., 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Kevin Martin.

    TRACK RECORD: Vodnik was the first player drafted out of Rialto (Calif.) High since Ricky Nolasco in 2001. He was plenty raw, but the Braves signed him for an above-slot $200,000 because of his natural arm strength. After a rough pro debut, Vodnik posted a 2.93 ERA in 23 appearances for low Class A Rome in 2019, working mostly in long relief. The Braves brought him to the alternate training site late in 2020 and included him in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vodnik is undersized but strong. He fires an above-average fastball that sits at 94 mph and touches 98. His breaking ball is slurvy, looking more like a slider some days and like a curveball on others. He shows natural ability to spin the ball, but developing a more consistent shape will be key moving forward. Vodnik made progress with a changeup that previously lacked consistency at the alternate site. He'll need a reliable third pitch if he wants to start. His control was a question mark when he was drafted, but he's kept his walks reasonable so far in his pro career.

    THE FUTURE: Vodnik likely ends up a hard-throwing reliever. Some believe he might be able to start.

  20. 20. Freddy Tarnok | RHP
    Freddy Tarnok
    Born: Nov 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Riverview, Fla., 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Justin Clark.

    TRACK RECORD: Tarnok was a two-way player in high school the Braves drafted as a pitcher. For someone new to pitching full-time, he held his own in his full-season debut at low Class A Rome but hit a wall with a 4.87 ERA in 19 starts at high Class A Florida in 2019. Tarnok spent 2020 working out remotely at a facility in Florida. He did not participate in instructional league after he dropped a weight on his foot and broke a toe.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Tarnok spent the summer working to get a better feel for his delivery. His fastball previously peaked at 95 mph but ran up to 99 mph in bullpen sessions during his remote workouts. His changeup is one of the best in the Braves system and he throws it with confidence to both lefties and righties. Tarnok is still working to settle on a breaking ball. He has toyed with both a curveball and a slider and Braves officials prefer his slider at the moment. Tarnok has steadily improved his control each year, but it's still fringe-average.

    THE FUTURE: Tarnok has progressed but needs to show it will hold. He'll see Double-A in 2021.

  21. 21. William Woods | RHP
    William Woods
    Born: Dec 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dyersburg (Tenn.) JC, 2018 (23rd round).
    Signed By: JD French.

    TRACK RECORD: Woods was a low-profile prospect out of Dyersburg (Tenn.) JC in 2018, signing for just $125,000 as a 23rd-round pick. After struggling in his debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Woods' velocity ticked up in 2019 and again in 2020, when he impressed Braves officials at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: In a year when it was hard for any prospect to enhance his stock, Woods was one of the biggest risers in Atlanta's system. By filling out a frame that's now 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Woods' fastball has climbed into the mid-to-high 90s. The pitch has solid carry and plays well alongside a hard slider that has a chance to be above-average. His third pitch is a changeup that is still developing but shows promise Woods will need to improve his control. He's walked 4.9 batters per nine innings over his minor league career and is a below-average strike-thrower overall.

    THE FUTURE: The Braves have split Woods between starting and relieving. With his velocity gains, he's a potential breakout candidate for 2021.

  22. 22. Vaughn Grissom | SS
    Vaughn Grissom
    Born: Jan 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oviedo, Fla., 2019 (11th round).
    Signed By: Jon Bunnell.

    TRACK RECORD: Grissom showed an intriguing set of tools in high school and was seen by scouts frequently as a teammate of eventual Tigers first-round pick Riley Greene. The Braves liked his upside enough to draft him in the 11th round and gave him an above-slot $347,500 bonus. Grissom impressed in a solid pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League, and the Braves brought him to the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Grissom has an advanced offensive game with solid bat-to-ball skills and a good feel for the strike zone. He makes plenty of contact and could develop solid-average or better power as he continues to add strength to his 6-foot-3 frame and learns to elevate the ball. Scouts noted his swing sometimes flattened out in high school and he hit the ball on the ground nearly half the time in his pro debut. Currently a shortstop, Grissom will play both third and second base in 2021 to try and develop some defensive versatility. He has solid hands and arm strength, but his range is stretched at shortstop.

    THE FUTURE: The Braves hope Grissom turns into a contact hitter with some power who can play around the infield. He'll make his full-season debut in 2021.

  23. 24. Jesse Franklin | OF
    Jesse Franklin
    Born: Dec 1, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jeremy Gordon.

    TRACK RECORD: Franklin was the headliner of Michigan's 2017 recruiting class. He led the team in homers, slugging and RBIs as a freshman and carried the team to the College World Series finals as a sophomore. Franklin didn't play in 2020 due to a broken collarbone, but the Braves still drafted him in the third round and signed him for $497,500.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Franklin has a solid all-around game and outstanding baseball instincts. He takes a professional approach at the plate and competes in the box, and Braves officials were happy with how he performed at the alternate training site after signing. He has solid power potential and hit double-digit home runs at Michigan in both of his full seasons. Franklin can play all three outfield positions. He's a slightly above-average runner with an excellent first step and takes good routes to the ball. A fringe-average arm might make him best suited for left field.

    THE FUTURE: Franklin projects a solid contributor in the outfield. His pro debut awaits in 2021.

  24. 25. Kasey Kalich | RHP
    Kasey Kalich
    Born: Apr 25, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Texas A&M, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Darin Vaughan.

    TRACK RECORD: Kalich transferred to Texas A&M from Blinn (Texas) JC and struck out 13.5 batters per nine in the Aggies' bullpen in 2019. The Braves liked his stuff in relief and drafted him in the fourth round. Kalich posted a 1.31 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20.2 innings at low Class A Rome in an impressive pro debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kalich overwhelms hitters with a powerful two-pitch combination. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and reaches 98 mph. His slider is firm enough that some evaluators label it a cutter. Both pitches have above-average potential. Kalich has worked on a curveball and changeup, but he doesn't rely much on either of those pitches. He dominated despite below-average control in his pro debut and will need to improve against higher-level hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Kalich has the stuff to pitch in late relief. He'll get there if his control improves.

  25. 26. Trey Harris | OF
    Trey Harris
    Born: Jan 15, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri, 2018 (32nd round).
    Signed By: JD French.

    TRACK RECORD: After struggling his first three seasons at Missouri, Harris hit .316/.413/.516 in a breakout senior season in 2018. The Braves drafted him in the 32nd round and gave him a $10,000 bonus. Harris has continued to hit in pro ball. He owns a .317/.395/.480 career slash line in two seasons between the Class A levels and Double-A.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Harris has a fringe-average hit tool and solid power potential. He is an aggressive hitter who doesn't walk much, but he has a great feel to square up fastballs. Most of his power goes to his pull side, though he has the strength to use the opposite field as well. Harris will need to monitor his weight and could slow down to an average or fringy runner. His average arm plays better in left field than right. Braves officials believe he's a better defender than he gets credit for.

    THE FUTURE: Harris is set to start back at Double-A in 2021. It will be a good test to see if he can handle upper-level pitching.

  26. 27. Greyson Jenista | OF
    Greyson Jenista
    Born: Dec 7, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Wichita State, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.

    TRACK RECORD: Jenista hit .318/.430/.487 at Wichita State and was the MVP of the Cape Cod League prior to his junior year, leading the Braves to draft him 49th overall. Jenista faced doubts in college whether his big raw power would translate in games, and those concerns have become realized as a pro. He reached Double-A in his first full season but posted a .349 slugging percentage.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jensita has worked with minor league hitting coach Mike Bard to improve his swing mechanics and find consistency at the plate. He previously tinkered constantly with his swing, so finding a setup he's comfortable and confident with heading into the 2021 season will be critical. Jenista does have plus raw power to his pull-side and the opposite field, but he needs to find a way to access it more consistently. Defensively, Jenista is adequate in a corner outfield spot and has also spent time at first base. He's a solid runner now but could slow down with his large frame.

    THE FUTURE: Jenista will head back to Double-A in 2021. Finding a swing that can access his power is his main goal.

  27. 28. Logan Brown | C
    Logan Brown
    Born: Sep 14, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Southern Indiana, 2018 (35th round).
    Signed By: Kevin Barry.

    TRACK RECORD: Brown's father, Kevin, had a seven-year career as a backup catcher. Logan signed with the Braves as a 35th-round pick out of Division II Southern Indiana and has begun following in his father's footsteps. He spent his first full season at the Class A levels and hit just one home run, but his defense stood out and the Braves brought him to the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Brown's defense is his calling card. He's a strong receiver who pitchers love throwing to and who does everything teams want to see defensively. He has solid, reliable hands and can frame pitches, block and call a solid game. He has easy plus arm strength and threw out 40 percent of basestealers in his pro debut. Brown leaves much to be desired offensively. He's a ground ball hitter with some contact skills, but offers very little impact and does not control the strike zone.

    THE FUTURE: Brown's defense is good enough to give him a shot at being a backup catcher. His offense will need to improve for him to get even there.

  28. 29. Beau Philip | SS
    Beau Philip
    Born: Oct 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Oregon State, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Cody Martin.

    TRACK RECORD: After two seasons at San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC, Philip transferred to Oregon State and hit .312 while playing a solid shortstop. The Braves drafted him 60th overall in 2019 and signed him an under-slot $697,500 bonus. Philip hit .193 in an underwhelming pro debut and got back on the field in instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Philip is a defense-first shortstop with utility tools but a light bat. He pairs reliable hands with good footwork and has solid range to both sides defensively. He particularly excels on plays up the middle. He has plus arm strength and reached 95 mph on the mound as a pitcher in junior college. Philip showed less contact ability in his pro debut than he did in college but has always struggled against breaking stuff. He has well below-average raw power and doesn't project to add more to a small frame.

    THE FUTURE: Philip will be exposed to second and third base in 2021 to prepare for a potential utility role. He'll aim for a bounceback year at the plate at the Class A levels.

  29. 30. Stephen Paolini | OF
    Stephen Paolini
    Born: Nov 23, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Trumbull, Conn., 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Ted Lekas.

    TRACK RECORD: A relatively unknown prospect in high school, the Braves were one of the only teams on Paolini but liked his raw tools. They took him in the fifth round in 2019 and gave him a $597,500 bonus to forgo an Elon commitment. Paolini hit just .192 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in his pro debut and went to instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Paolini has just 35 professional games under his belt in pro ball and is still something of an unknown, but he has a strong collection of tools. He has plus speed and a projectable, 6-foot-2 frame that could allow him to grow into average power. He'll need plenty of time and patience to get to that power. His swing has some moving parts, including a big leg kick, that create timing issues. He does have solid bat speed and is a patient hitter. Paolini has the speed to handle center field, but the Braves have exposed him in all three outfield positions

    THE FUTURE: Paolini has the tools to dream on an everyday player, but he needs plenty of at-bats to develop his offensive game. He'll make his full season debut in 2020.

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