Atlanta Braves Top Prospects 2015

Atlanta Braves Top Prospects

Below are the Atlanta Braves Top Prospects 2015

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Opening Day payrolls
(Major League contracts plus signing bonuses):
2014: $112,008,731
2013: $ 90,039,583
2012: $ 93,529,667

A Look Back… Last 5 Years Draft Picks

Year Name/Position School/Hometown Pick
2013 Jason Hursh/RHP Oklahoma State 31
2012 Lucas Sims/RHP Brookwood (Ga.) High School 21
2011 Sean Gilmartin/LHP Florida State 28
2010 Matt Lipka/SS McKinney (Texas) HS 35
2009 Mike Minor/LHP Vanderbilt 7

2015 Braves Top Prospects

Rank/Overall Name Position
1/52 Jose Peraza 2B
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Top Position Prospect : 2B
An international signee out of Venezuela in 2010 Peraza has plus speed, grades as one of the fastest in the minor leagues. His strength is his ability to hit for average, keeping the ball on the ground to take advantage of his speed. He stole 60 bases last year and now is on the fast track to Atlanta after a shift to 2b. Peraza should see major league action sometime in 2015. There is however very little power projection in his bat and though he does not strike out much, he also rarely walks.
2/57 Mike Foltynewicz RHP
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Drafted 19th in the 2010, Foltynewicz was traded to the Braves in 2015. He regularly hits 100mph with his fastball and combines that with above average secondary pitches which elevated him to Houston’s bullpen last season. His future in the majors will be determined by his control. With better command he could become a top of the rotation candidate for the Braves with an ETA of 2015. If control continues to be an issue he could slide into the bullpen and become the future closer.
3/61 Matt Wisler RHP
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A seventh round draft pick by the Padres out of high school, he was traded to the Braves in 2015. Wisler has moved rapidly through the minor leagues with a plus fastball and plus secondary pitches along with the ability to throw his pitches for strikes. He has the potential to be a number two starter for the Braves and should see the majors by 2015.
4/63 Lucas Sims RHP
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A 2012 1st round pick Sims key pitch is his fastball which tops out at 96mph. Having some struggle in High A last year might be attributed to his age, being one of the youngest in the league. There is tons of projection in his secondary pitches which in the future could make him a number two or three rotation pitcher once he enters the big leagues probably sometime in late 2016.
5/68 Max Fried LHP
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Drafted by the Padres in 2012 as the seventh overall pick and traded to the Braves. His progress to the majors has been slowed by Tommy John surgery but once recovered he will move quickly to the majors. His fastball is not overwhelming but has a good sinking action and his secondary pitches should develop into better than average pitches. He could be a mainstay in the Atlanta rotation by 2018.

6 Christian Bethancourt C
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A native of Panama, who was signed in 2008 with the Braves as a 16 year old, has moved slowly through the system, getting his first taste of major league action in 2014. Currently starting and is seen as the future Braves backstop. Bethancourt’s calling is his superior defense and ability to control base runners but his offense lags behind.   His bat has shown potential with a .280 average and an increase in power over the past two years.

7 Jason Hursh RHP
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Hursh is a first round draft pick in 2013 out of college who has already had Tommy John surgery but is now on the fast track to the big leagues. Debate is on whether he will be an innings eater back of the rotation guy or pitch in the Atlanta bullpen. He has quality pitches and keeps the batted balls on the ground and in the ballpark. ETA 2015 in the bullpen or 2016 as a started if a slot opens up.
8 Ozhaino Albies SS
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Signed out of Curacao as a 17 year old in 2014 Albies calling card is his ability to hit and get on base. He will be young at all levels of the minor leagues as the Braves advance him quickly through the ranks. He should be an on base kind of guy who can be a spark plug for the Brave’s offense once he reaches the majors. Even with him moving quickly through the minors he is years away from seeing big league
9 Braxton Davidson OF
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Davidson, a first round pick in 2014 out of high school has plus tools that should develop as he matures. His contact rates and power will continue to grow with age. While playing mostly in the outfield, the Braves will move him slowly. He will not see the major leagues until 2018 at the earliest but should have some homerun power and be able to hit for average.
10 Tyrell Jenkins RHP
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A 2010 supplemental pick by the Cardinals, Jenkins was a high school multisport athlete that was traded to the Braves before the 2015 season. Injuries have hampered his development but there is hope that his plus fastball and developing secondary pitches will come around with consistent playing time. He profiles as a mid-rotation pitcher when this happens. His ETA in the big leagues should be some time in 2016.
11 Ricardo Sanchez LHP
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12 Johan Camargo SS
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13 Garrett Fulenchek RHP
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14 Arodys Vizcaino RHP
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15 Rio Ruiz
3B
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