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Fangraphs Lists the Top 10 Braves Prospects

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A day after reviewing the last few years of Braves drafts, Marc Hulet of Fangraphs just posted his list of the Braves' top 10 prospects. I'll just contrast them with John Sickels' list from October, on the right:

Marc Hulet John Sickels
1. Jason Heyward 1. Jason Heyward
2. Freddie Freeman 2. Freddie Freeman
3. Julio Teheran 3. Julio Teheran
4. Arodys Vizcaino 4. Randall Delgado
5. Craig Kimbrel 5. Arodys Vizcaino
6. Randall Delgado 6. Craig Kimbrel
7. Ezekiel Spruill 7. Mike Minor
8. Christian Bethancourt 8. Christian Bethancourt
9. Cody Johnson 9. Zeke Spruill
10. Adam Milligan 10. J.J. Hoover

The top 3 are identical and the next 3 are just in a different order. And both agree that Zeke Spruill and Christian Bethancourt are in the top 10. Marc Hulet's Cody Johnson pick is a bit of a lark -- he admits, "At this point, he’s a long shot to be an impact player in the Majors but he’s fun to follow." Sickels has Kody at #19. On the other hand, Hulet doesn't rank Mike Minor, just a day after writing, "He projects to be a solid No. 3 starter if everything clicks."

The upshot of both lists, of course, is that the Braves have some great pitching depth: Teheran, Vizcaino, Kimbrel, Delgado, and Spruill are all high-upside, and guys like J.J. Hoover and Mike Minor and Cory Gearrin and others for depth. Offense is a bigger question mark: Milligan's got nice potential, and Kody's still young, but once we graduate Heyward and Freeman our upper minors are going to be awfully thin of hitters. Still, you can never have too much pitching.

So how do you feel about Hulet and Sickels's lists? Who'd they miss?


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