Although their careers have just begun, it’s important to take a look at this year’s draft class and see where prospects fit into their teams’ Top-Prospects List. The Atlanta Braves are next on the list.
These guys could also be included in our annual Top-20 Prospects List, which comes out prior to the 2019 season. Until then, here’s a look at which 2018 MLB Draft selections cracked the MLB Pipeline list of Top 30 Prospects.
No. 14 Greyson Jenista (1B)
2nd Round; 49th overall — Wichita State
No. 16 Tristan Beck (RHP)
4th Round; 112th overall — Stanford
No. 17 Trey Riley (RHP)
5th Round; 142nd overall — John Logan College (IL)
Our Wayne Cavadi provided some insight on Jenista’s pro-debut. After three home runs in 10 games at Rookie-Level, the Kansas native batted .333 in 32 games in the South Atlantic League. On August 10, the Braves promoted their second-round pick to High-A.
Atlanta has been excited about Beck for several years. In 2015, the club was prepared to draft the California high-schooler. In fact, Mike Soroka is on the Braves’ roster because Beck did not waiver in his commitment to Stanford. He’s appeared in just two games for the GCL-Braves. After pitching 90.2 innings for the Cardinal earlier this year, the Braves are proceeding cautiously with him. The 22-year-old missed his entire sophomore season due to a back injury.
Riley’s pro career (Rookie-Level Danville) got off to a rough start. The 20-year-old posted a 20.25 ERA through three appearances. However, in his most recent outing, on August 16 he pitched two scoreless innings while striking out four, without walking a batter.