2007 Top 20 Atlanta Braves Prospects
- Eric Campbell, 3B, Grade B+ (I really like his bat)
- Elvis Andrus, SS, Grade B+ (I really like his birthday, lots of development potential)
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Grade B (I am more worried about reports of excess weight gain and defensive problems in the Arizona Fall League more than his erratic regular season)
- Matt Harrison, LHP, B
- Brandon Jones, OF, B
- Joey Devine, RHP, B (he has been handled poorly but still has a good arm)
- Yunel Escobar, SS, B (you can read the comment I wrote below)
- Jamie Richmond, RHP, B (an aggressive grade but the numbers are great and my intuition likes him)
- Scott Thorman, OF-1B, B- (below 150 at-bats so he goes in the book)
- Chase Fontaine, SS, B-
- Anthony Lerew, RHP, C+
- Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP, C+ (nice rebound season but slumped down the stretch)
- Neftali Feliz, RHP, C+ (terrific arm but a long way from the majors)
- Kevin Gunderson, LHP, C+
- Kala Kaaihue, 1B, C+ (sleeper bat, watch this guy)
- Kris Medlen, RHP, C+
- Jeff Locke, LHP, C+
- Cory Rasmus, RHP, C+
- Steve Evarts, LHP, C+
- Tommy Hanson, RHP,C+
The Braves in one sentence: Despite their reputation, they are rather thin in high-level pitching prospects, but there are some interesting bats and a large group of pitchers at the lower levels who might develop.
Note: ALL GRADES ARE PRELIMINARY. There is a lot of slack in the B-/C+ range and players may move up and down depending on how my thinking progresses. Feel free to make comments, point out sleepers I may have missed, etc. Note that there is only a limited amount of space in the book, and the max I can do is 35-36 players per team.
Of course, the best thing you can do is buy my book.