The 23 year-old Milligan is a supremely talented individual....but he just cannot stay healthy. This season for Lynchburg, Milligan had a .902 OPS and 35 extra base hits, but only played in 64 games. The prior season, while playing for Myrtle Beach, Milligan struggled due to a shoulder injury and played in just 23 games with a .653 OPS. The most games Milligan has played in a season came in 2009 in short-season ball, where Milligan played in 67 games. When healthy, he is an absolute masher. His ISO in 2011 was .266. Milligan doesn't walk a ton, with just a 6.2% walk rate last season compared to a 29.5% strikeout rate. He reminds me a lot of Cody Johnson, with a lot fewer strikeouts. If he's ever healthy for a full season, look out.
14. JR Graham
The 2011 fourth round pick Graham burst onto the scene this season and immediately became a force in Danville's rotation. The 21 year-old struck out 52 while walking 13 in 57 2/3 innings while not allowing a homer, and he flashed a fastball that touched 98 miles per hour that Baseball America graded as the best in the Braves draft class last season. Graham's future may end up being in the bullpen, but for now, the Braves will keep running him out there as a starter. As a college arm, he could move quickly through the system, and he may not stay at Rome for long this spring.
13. Tommy La Stella
La Stella was an eighth round pick in the 2011 draft, and was named the best pure hitters in the Braves draft class by Baseball America. He skipped short season ball entirely and was sent to Rome, where he dominated. in 63 games, La Stella had a line of .328/.401/.543 with 27 extra base hits, 26 walks, and 28 strikeouts. As a college bat out of Coastal Carolina, the 23 year-old has already begun a quick march through the farm system. I'd expect him to start at Lynchburg, and depending on the play of Philip Gosselin in Mississippi, he could leapfrog him on the depth chart and take over there.
12. Joe Terdoslavich
Terdoslavich has leapt into the collective minds of Braves fans as a legitimate ace prospect after one good season in Lynchburg, where he OPSed .867 and hit a Carolina League record 52 doubles. The sixth round pick from 2010 had a fantastic first full season in the organization, and is on the cusp of being an elite prospect. But overall, he played the season as a 22 year-old in the low minors. While his performance was good, it wasn't truly dominant. His strike zone discipline still needs some sort after he struck out 107 times last year, but he isn't awful by any respect in that regard. If more of those doubles start going over the fence, look out. He seemingly solidified his performance in 2011 with a good showing in the AFL, OPSing .972 and making the league's All-Prospect team. I'm not sold on him as an elite prospect quite yet, though. One more season like 2011, and I'll be picking up the Kool-Aid.
11. Carlos Perez
I don't think any prospect's stock took more of a hit in 2011 than Perez's. Initially expected to follow in the footsteps of Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, and Randall Delgado, Perez fell short of expectations in 2011. In 125 innings, he struck out 109 and walked 66, resulting in a slight increase of his strikeout rate from 7.15 to 7.85 and an increase in walk rate from 3.92 to an unsightly 4.75 per nine innings. But there still is a lot to love with Perez. His stuff is excellent, he kept the ball on the ground pretty well, and he was plagued by bad luck last season, with a .323 BABIP and a horrendous 59.4% strand rate. Plus, he didn't turn 20 years-old until the season ended. Maybe we all set our expectations a little high for Perez, but we can all breathe a little easier if he comes out guns ablazing to start the 2012 season.