Ozzie Albies is good at baseball, but he has some company at second base among Braves prospects.
Now that we have gotten to the positions in MLB Pipeline’s rollout should contain ample numbers of Braves (seriously, catcher and first base in the farm system is....not great), we should get a better sense of where prospect evaluators view some of the Braves’ top prospects and get a sense of their view of the farm system overall.
To start this week off, Pipeline released their top 10 second base prospects and two Braves made the top 5.
Moncada at No. 1 here is not a surprise or a knock on Albies. Moncada, despite a rough MLB debut, is still considered by most to be the top prospect in baseball with a crazy set of tools. Ozzie was ranked 2nd and should be among the top 20 prospects in baseball assuming trends hold and he isn’t knocked too much for the elbow injury that ended his season.
Coming in at No. 5, however, is Travis Demeritte who the Braves acquired from the Rangers and possessing fantastic athleticism and plus raw power, but his issues with swinging and missing are very real. It is possible that a position change could be in the cards for Demeritte if the Braves are firm believers in his bat, but his defense at second base has gotten reviews ranging from really good to outstanding.
The remaining positions that Pipeline has yet to reveal are shortstop, third base, and outfield. We will surely see Dansby Swanson tomorrow, but it will be interesting to see if players like Kevin Maitan, Austin Riley, and Ronald Acuna make the lists during the course of the week.