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Top 30 Braves Prospects: #20-16

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20. Kyle Kubitza
Kubitza, a third round pick in 2011, immediately showed flashes of brilliance during his professional debut in Danville. The 21 year-old OPSed .880, and showed a very complete game, with 24 walks in 190 plate appearances, nine stolen bases (caught three times), and a .164 ISO. One thing that concerns me is the one home run he hit, but he never really showed a ton of homer potential in college, with a career high of 11 homers. If some of Kubitza's doubles manage to go over the fence, he could be a legitimate star in the making. I assume he'll be starting off in Rome, but as a college bat, could move very fast, especially with his advanced game.
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19. Cody Martin
COLLEGE ARM ALERT! Martin was a seventh round pick in 2011, and moved quickly, ending the year in Rome. As Rome's closer to finish out the year, he struck out 49 (including his time in Danville) and walked just five in 33 1/3 innings. This is the type of guy that could absolutely zoom through the system, much like Craig Kimbrel did upon being drafted back in 2008. I wouldn't be shocked to see him finishing 2012 in Gwinnett, and threatening for a bullpen role in 2013.
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18. Nick Ahmed
When I wrote about Ahmed in his 2012 Player Preview, I noted that he could be a regular, or if his power doesn't pick up, he could end up being a utility type player. What I didn't know then was that he was battling injuries for most of 2011 that he suffered while playing at UConn, and wasn't healthy all season. But the point remains that even throughout his college career, Ahmed didn't show much power. He's got advanced plate discipline, and I could see him settling into a fifth infielder type of role, but if the power comes along, he could be a solid regular. I don't think he has the ceiling that Tyler Pastornicky or Andrelton Simmons has, though.
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17. Dimasther Delgado
I have been a huge fan of Delgado since he burst onto the scene in 2009 with Rome, and I don't think he was fully healthy for all of 2011 after missing 2010 with injuries suffered into a car accident. The Braves limited his innings in 2011, and his command of the strike zone didn't look like it was fully back. Delgado had a 4:1 strikeout to walk rate in 2009, and if he can regain that command of the strike zone, he could really be a superstar prospect, especially since he'll only be 23 once the season begins.
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16. Brandon Drury
Drury is one of the fast risers on prospect lists this offseason after a stellar season, mostly at age 18, in the Appalachian League. A .347/.367/.525 line is nothing to sneeze at, especially at his young age, but there is a lot of room for improvement, primarily in his plate disicpline. Drury walked just six times in 278 plate appearances, which is absolutely unacceptable for a potential major leaguer. He did have 31 extra base hits in 65 games, and if some of those doubles start popping over the fence, he could be a potentially elite prospect.
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