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Braves Top 30 Prospects: The Final Five

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This is it….the last top 30 prospect post…

 

We started writing this list before Spring Training began and now the season has begun and the minor league season is on the precipice of doing so as well this very week! So lets take a quick rundown of the previous 6-30:

6 Austin Riley 

7 Ian Anderson

8 Cristian Pache

9 Joey Wentz

10 Max Fried

11 Touki Toussaint

12 William Contreras

13 Drew Waters

14 Alex Jackson

15 Bryse Wilson

16 A.J. Minter

17 Tucker Davidson

18 Kyle Muller

19 Patrick Weigel

20 Brett Cumberland

21 Freddy Tarnok

22 Lucas Herbert

23 Drew Lugbauer

24 Travis Demeritte

25 Jean Carlos Encarnacion

26 Ricardo Sanchez

27 Dustin Peterson

28 Tyler Pike

29 Derian Cruz

30 Anyelo Gomez

 

As you can see, some things have changed in the time we started the list. So goes the uncertainty of the game we love so much. Gomez has been moved already, as well as Dustin Peterson blowing the roof off the place early on in Spring Training, looking like he may take the spot Acuña would have taken had he been on the team out of camp. But we’ll get to that young man later….

Anyways, here we go! YOUR Atlanta Braves’ Final Five.

 

5. Kolby Allard

 

Kolby Allard
AP Photo/Rogelio V Solis

It certainly feels like Allard has been in the system for all of his 3 years…if not more like 5, to me. We basically know his story by now.

Coppy’s first draft pick, should have gone higher, had an injury and slipped down to 15th overall when he told teams he was going to UCLA, but truly wanted to be in the Braves organization. He’s struggled, he’s adjusted and perhaps finally has his feet underneath him now and can begin to dominate at the AA, and maybe AAA levels. His velo has dipped a bit, which is alarming, but his breaking ball and curve are top notch among lefty starters in this system. His fastball, though in the low 90’s, has alot of movement and can be as deceiving for hitters as it is for precisely finding the catcher’s mit. He is a highly competitive young man and looks to do big things in this Braves rotation.

All in all, the lefty should at least find his way into the bullpen by the end of the season this year.

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