Each year, each organization holds their own version of instructional league, or as we affectionately call it “instructs” as a way to give prospects who are younger and/or have less experience more hands on coaching and playing time away from the rigors of their minor league schedules. While the more polished prospects typically are not active participants, that does not mean that there are not really good players that see time there.
This year is no exception to that for the Braves as their instructs roster is LOADED
These rosters are a lot to take in as there are a lot of names to go through. Baseball America highlights Kevin Maitan, Cristian Pache, Yunior Severino, and Drew Waters as players to look out for, but the roster includes 3rd overall pick Kyle Wright and fellow 2017 draft classmate Freddy Tarnok as well as promising catching prospects William Contreras and Abrahan Gutierrez, infield prospects Jean Carlos Encarnacion and Livan Soto, and outfielder Isranel Wilson. All of these guys (and others) collectively create one of the more talented groups to attend instructs for the Braves.
A couple interesting notes are that Braxton Davidson is listed as an infielder for instructs despite having played exclusively in the outfield in his minor league career. Whether this is an error or signaling a position change for him remains to be seen. It will also be interesting to see if Maitan continues to play at shortstop as well as whether guys like Yefri del Rosario, Kyle Muller, and Juan Contreras take big steps forward with the added coaching.