On Thursday afternoon, MLB Pipeline released their updated mid-season Top 100. Even with recent prospect graduations, Pipeline agrees with the rest of the industry that the Braves still have one of the most exciting farm systems in baseball.
Who's ready for some freshly updated prospect lists? Here's our midseason re-rank of @MLB's Top 100 Prospects, all 30 teams' Top 30s & Top 10 by position! https://t.co/sI6gDGkR0T pic.twitter.com/kXgYK82Hk2— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 26, 2018
While Ronald Acuña’s name is no longer emblazoned at the top of this list, the Braves managed to place eight of its finest prospects among the list.
Mike Soroka, who inherited Acuña’s place at the top of the Braves’ list upon the wunderkind’s graduation, retains the organization’s top spot, and ranks at the 15th overall prospect in the game. Despite his recent shoulder ailments, Soroka comes in as the 4th-ranked right handed pitcher - this is the hardest list to crack, so this is quite the accomplishment. Also making the top RHP list (9) is Mississippi’s Kyle Wright, who comes in at #25 overall.
Ian Anderson, the Braves’ 3rd overall prospect and #40 in the game, barely missed the cut for the Top RHP list - coming in as the 12th ranked righty.
Coming in just behind Anderson is Austin Riley, whose hot bat and emerging defensive abilities have jumped him all the way to #44 overall, and 3rd best third base prospect. Florida Fire Frogs outfielder Cristian Pache, the Braves’ 5th ranked prospect - #58 overall - jumped up 40 spots from his previous ranking.
Though Luiz Gohara’s star has faded a bit this year, he still finds himself at #63, and the 7th overall LHP.
Gwinnett’s Touki Toussaint makes his first appearances on Pipeline’s list, where they consider him to be the game’s 78th overall prospect. Like Gohara just above him, he could be a crucial piece of Atlanta’s stretch run.
Rounding out the Braves representatives for the Top 100 is Kolby Allard. Allard slides in at #93, and the 10th best LHP. Despite some concerns about his ability to get hitters out at the big league level, Allard is still highly regarded in some circles, Pipeline among them.
Just missing the cut were Drew Waters and former Top 100 mainstay Max Fried.