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Top 20 Braves Prospects for 2007

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2007 Top 20 Atlanta Braves Prospects

  1. Eric Campbell, 3B, Grade B+ (I really like his bat)
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS, Grade B+ (I really like his birthday, lots of development potential)
  3. 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)
  4. Matt Harrison, LHP, B
  5. Brandon Jones, OF, B
  6. Joey Devine, RHP, B (he has been handled poorly but still has a good arm)
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS, B (you can read the comment I wrote below)
  8. Jamie Richmond, RHP, B (an aggressive grade but the numbers are great and my intuition likes him)
  9. Scott Thorman, OF-1B, B- (below 150 at-bats so he goes in the book)
  10. Chase Fontaine, SS, B-
  11. Anthony Lerew, RHP, C+
  12. Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP, C+ (nice rebound season but slumped down the stretch)
  13. Neftali Feliz, RHP, C+ (terrific arm but a long way from the majors)
  14. Kevin Gunderson, LHP, C+
  15. Kala Kaaihue, 1B, C+ (sleeper bat, watch this guy)
  16. Kris Medlen, RHP, C+
  17. Jeff Locke, LHP, C+
  18. Cory Rasmus, RHP, C+
  19. Steve Evarts, LHP, C+
  20. Tommy Hanson, RHP,C+
Others: Gregor Blanco, OF, Francisley Bueno, LHP; Dustin Evasn, RHP, Tim Gustafson, RHP; J.C. Holt, 2B; Lee Hyde, LHP; Cody Johnson, 1B; Beau Jones, LHP; Jeff Lyman, RHP; Brayan Pena, C; Tony Pena, SS; Van Pope, 3B (may end up in top 20); Chad Rodgers, LHP; Jamie Romak, OF: Zach Screiber, RHP; Will Startup, LHP; Jake Stevens, LHP.

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.