Atlanta Braves Farm System Report 2015

Atlanta Braves Farm System
Rank #13 heading into the 2015 season
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Atlanta Braves Farm System Report

The Atlanta Braves Farm System has done a superb job developing young talent including Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman and Mike Minor over the last few years. Taking a deeper look at their current status of their system leaves one to wonder about several prospects. The 2014 offseason saw the Braves reload their system by trading away Justin Upton to acquire Max Fried, Mallex Smith and Jace Peterson. Left-hander Max Fried is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery but projects to be a #2 starter. He stands in at 6’4 185lbs lefty and was part of the rotation in high school with Nationals top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito at Harvard Westlake High School in 2012. Smith was a 5th round pick by the Padres in 2012 and can absolutely fly. Smith showed the ability to get on-base and make things happen. He finished the year with a .403 on-base percentage and 26 stolen bases. He shows he has the potential to be a solid leadoff man.

Jace Peterson was a former cornerback with very limited baseball experience. As a very athletic individual, the ability to succeed came very quickly to him. After a wonderful season in Triple-A he was able to make his MLB debut. He’s mechanics don’t jump off the page but he does a lot of things right. The Braves would also ship fan-favorite Evan Gattis to the Astros to pick up power-arm Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman. Foltynewicz was the key piece in the deal as he pencils in as part of their bullpen at minimum with the potential to start.
The draft has not been kind to the Braves over the last few years. With misses on first rounders Sean Gilmartin and (some would argue) Matt Lipka it’s been a rough few years. SS Jose Peraza is a mirror image of Simmons; All-Star caliber defense and hits for average.

Righthander Lucas Sims was a first round in 2012 and is 20 years old. He’s struggles with command on his fastball. A return trip to High-A might be a wise destination for him. 2014 first round pick Braxton Davidson comes from TC Roberson High School in Asheville, NC the same high school that produced Cameron Maybin several years ago. He shows a ton of promise because of his raw power and short stroke. RHP Mauricio Cabrera has a ton of upside but he can’t stay healthy. We like the direction of their system, but after the first five guys in their top 10 rankings the drop off is pretty steep.