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Atlanta Braves 2013 Top 25 Minor League Prospects: 16-20

We break down the Atlanta Braves top 25 Minor League prospects for the 2013 season.

Working as both a starter and a reliever, Navery Moore was Rome's best pitcher.
Working as both a starter and a reliever, Navery Moore was Rome's best pitcher.
CB Wilkins

Prospects 16-20 include a promising swingman pitcher, a slugging second baseman, a first baseman who looks like a draft day steal, a Gold Glove third baseman, and an infielder who struggled this season.

16. Navery Moore, RHP

The Skinny: College closer drafted in the 14th round in 2011, but didn't make his pro debut until this season with Rome. Split his season between starting and relieving, but was still the team's most consistent pitcher.

The Good: Low to mid 90s fastball with movement. Solid secondary offerings. Outstanding maturity and leadership. Showed perseverance and versatility by moving from rotation to bullpen to rotation. Thick, solid body which will likely make him durable.

The Bad: Had Tommy John surgery in college. Fastball velocity hasn't returned to the upper 90s after surgery. Control is an issue, even with his fastball. Little to no room for projection, either in his body or his stuff. Average secondary pitches may force him into the bullpen. a perfect world...Moore becomes a solid back of the rotation starter or an above average reliever. If he regains the life on his fastball he could be a great setup man or closer.

ETA: 2015. He'll join High A Lynchburg's rotation in 2013.

17. Tommy La Stella, 2B


The Skinny: After dominating Rome in his pro debut in 2011, had another great year with Lynchburg in 2012 despite missing nearly 2 months with a leg injury.

The Good: Powerful line drive hitter who excels at hitting for extra bases. Outstanding eye. Walks more than he strikes out. Almost no question that his bat will play in the Majors. Hard worker with a great attitude. Strong legs.

The Bad: Very poor fielder. Hard hands and poor range, along with a weak arm. Defensive problems may hinder his advancement. Small body with no room for projection. Already 24 years old. a perfect world...La Stella becomes and adequate defender and one of the best hitting second baseman in the game.

ETA: Late 2014. He'll move up to AA Mississippi to start 2013 and could earn a promotion to Gwinnett at some point in the season.

18. William Beckwith, 1B


The Skinny: Late round community college pick who has put up back to back solid years with Danville in 2011 and Rome in 2012.

The Good: Has shown consistent ability to hit for average and power. Thick, strong body, particularly in the legs, which allows him to generate a lot of natural pop. Surprisingly good athlete despite his bulk. Might be athletic enough to play left field if necessary.

The Bad: At best and average defender. Has been called pudgy by some, meaning conditioning will be an issue. a perfect world...Beckwith proves that his talent is as good as his production has shown, and he becomes a solid, every day Major Leaguer.

ETA: 2016. He'll move up to Hight A Lynchburg in 2013.

19. Joe Leonard, 3B


The Skinny: After a poor season with Lynchburg in 2011, the former 3rd round pick rebounded with a solid 2012 with Mississipp, ended by being named the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove third baseman.

The Good: Outstanding fielder with great range and instincts, and a strong, accurate arm. Physically imposing. Solid eye at the plate.

The Bad: Hasn't shown consistent ability to hit for average or power. Was considered a potential power bat when drafted, but has seen his slugging decline each year. Hasn't turned in a strong full season yet. a perfect world...Leonard taps into his massive frame for power, becomes a solid hitter, and is a perennial Gold Glove winner at third base. In a less perfect world, he at least develops into a Scott Brosius type third baseman, whose excellent defense makes up for his barely average bat.

ETA: Mid to late 2014. He'll move up to AAA Gwinnett in 2013.

20. Brandon Drury, 1B/3B


The Skinny: After a surprising 2011 that saw him win a batting title for Danville, struggled mightily for Rome in 2012.

The Good: Has shown a consistent ability to make contact. Aggressive hitter. Thick, strong body with the potential to put on muscle. Baseball version of a gym rat. Natural leader. Was able to overcome horrible first half this season to have a solid second half. Versatile fielder, playing games at every infield position. Still only 20 years old.

The Bad: Almost never walks. Handsy hitter who moves his feet too much. Has a tendency to tinker with his swing. Doesn't have a defensive home. Still raw, even after 3 professional seasons. Slow runner. a perfect world...Drury finds a defensive home and becomes a solid, all-around hitter as a Major League regular.

ETA: Late 2016. He'll likely return to Low A Rome to start 2013.

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