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Top 30 Braves Prospects: #30-21

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Here's how this is going to work. Today, I'm going to count down from #30 to #21, then I'll be doing five players a day for every other day of the week. It was tough to get 30 due to the state of the system right now, but here's what we've got. Enjoy.

30. Jean Carlos Gil
The 21 year-old Gil made his American debut last summer in the GCL, where he struck out 63 and walked 12 in 65 innings. Gil did a nice job at keeping the ball on the ground, and despite the relatively late start to his career in contrast to many Venezuelan pitchers, he still looks like he could have a bright future. I'd expect him to start the year in Danville, but if he has an impressive spring camp, I could see the Braves starting him in Rome. 
THT Forecast 

29. Navery Moore
The only pro experience Moore got in 2011 was in the AFL, where he walked five and struck out four in seven innings. Moore has a very live arm despite overall underwhelming numbers in his senior year at Vanderbilt, where he struck out 24 and walked 12 in 28 innings. He's also had Tommy John surgery in the past, which partially helps to explain the control problems exhibited during his final year at Vanderbilt. As a college reliever, he could start in Rome and move quickly.
THT Forecast 

28. William Beckwith
The 21 year-old Beckwith has extraordinary power, and came into his own in 2011 during his season playing for Danville. His ISO increased from .143 to .252, and he even stole eight bases. Don't believe his listed weight of 220, because Beckwith is a big, big man. He'll probably start off in Rome and look to continue moving up through the system, because there is a definite lack of first base prospects in the organization.
THT Forecast 

27. Todd Cunningham
The 22 year-old Cunningham has been in the organization for a couple of years, and his bat still really hasn't broken out yet, with an OPS under .700 in each of his pro stops, including in the AFL this year. Cunningham has good speed and is a good defensive player with the ability to play all three outfield positions, and he'll probably start the year in Mississippi despite his offensive limitations.
THT Forecast

26. Matt Lipka
Lipka's bat was an absolute disaster in 2011 after being drafted in the 2010 supplemental draft. His speed is good, but he was caught stealing in nearly a third of his attempts at Rome last year. He's being converted to center field in 2012, and because of that, I'd expect to see him start the year off in Rome again. Lipka won't turn 20 until after the season begins, so it's still way too early to give up on him, but it's not looking great so far.
THT Forecast

25. Billy Bullock
Acquired by the Braves from the Twins last spring in exchange for Scott Diamond, Bullock has an extremely live arm, but like most live arms, control can get the better of him. The soon-to-be 24 year-old is within spitting distance of the majors, and will probably start off in Gwinnett, but he's not going to get to the majors until he's able to walk less than four batters per nine innings. The control is just too much of a liability at this point.
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24. Cory Gearrin

Gearrin got his first taste of the majors in 2011, and really wasn't bad at all, thanks to an improved strikeout rate. Walks however, helped temper his expectations a little bit. At any rate, Gearrin's ability to get groundballs nearly at will should put him in competition for a bullpen spot in Atlanta in 2012, especially with the possible departure of injured minor league re-signee Peter Moylan.
THT Forecast

23. Jaye Chapman
Chapman is another guy that I think could sniff the 2011 bullpen, due in part to maturation as a pitcher. He split the season between Mississippi and Gwinnett, striking out more than a batter per inning at each stop and keeping his walks under control as well. Chapman's batted ball results were also pretty good, and while that may not translate pretty well to the major leagues, I think he's in a better position to contribute in 2012 than a good bit of the relievers in the system.
THT Forecast 

22. Philip Gosselin
Gosselin's bat looked good last season in his first professional season after coming out of the University of Virginia, but it dropped off in 2011. He kind of just looks like a utility infielder at this point in time, but if the bat is able to turn around, maybe he can be more. But right now, I'm seeing a ceiling of a David Eckstein type player.
THT Forecast

21. Mycal Jones
A foot injury and a DWI arrest sabotaged Jones's 2011 season, and I really have no doubt that these issues were a major cause for his disappointment offensively. A position change to center field was also on Jones's agenda in 2011, and he was actually really good defensively in center. His power, which helped set him apart from many middle infielders, disappeared last season, but he could rise up to top 15 or higher with a great 2012 season, which I think will happen in Gwinnett.
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The only pro experience Moore got in 2011 was in the AFL, where he walked five and struck out four in seven innings. Moore has a very live arm despite overall underwhelming numbers in his sàn gỗ công nghiệp giá rẻ senior year at Vanderbilt, where he struck out 24 and walked 12 in 28 innings. He's also had Tommy John surgery in the past, which partially helps to explain the control problems exhibited during his final year at Vanderbilt. As a college reliever, he could start in Rome and move quickly.

 
The 21 year-old Beckwith has extraordinary power, and came into his own in 2011 during his season playing for Danville. His ISO increased from .143 to .252, and he even stole eight bases. Don't believe his listed weight of 220, https://goo.gl/UMn9GJ because Beckwith is a big, big man. He'll probably start off in Rome and look to continue moving up through the system, because there is a definite lack of first base prospects in the organization.


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