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Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects for 2006

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Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects

  1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Grade A-
  2. Chuck James, LHP, B+
  3. Elvis Andrus, SS, B
  4. Joey Devine, RHP, B
  5. Yunel Escobar, SS, B
  6. Max Ramirez, C, B
  7. Eric Campbell, 3B, B
  8. Brandon Jones, OF, B
  9. Beau Jones, LHP, B
  10. Anthony Lerew, RHP, B-
  11. Jairo Cuevas, RHP, B-
  12. Macay McBride, LHP, C+
  13. Jake Stevens, LHP, C+
  14. Scott Thorman, 1B, C+
  15. Martin Prado, 2B, C+
  16. James Parr, RHP, C+
  17. Brayan Pena, C, C+
  18. Will Startup, LHP, C+
  19. Matt Harrison, LHP, C+
  20. Jeff Lyman, RHP, C+
This system has thinned out a bit due to promotions and trades, but they've shown they can recharge quickly. Salty is one of the best prospects around, of course. I like James more than some people do, but I just can't ignore his overall track record. The main thing I worry about with him is his strong fly ball tendency.

I want to see some full-season numbers from Andrus but I like him and expect he will move up the list to B+ status as '06 progresses. Watch Max Ramirez, a sleeper catching prospect with a strong bat.