Earlier today, Keith Law dropped his organizational farm rankings where he placed the Braves farm system at sixth in the league and that feels about right. While the Braves don’t have the insane depth in the lower minors they once had (although we are higher on some of the younger guys than other outlets), there are 4-7 guys that have legitimate cases for being top 100 prospects at the top of the system and that is a pretty good when looking at the Braves versus the rest of the league.
That pattern continued when Baseball America dropped their farm system rankings this morning and placed the Braves at a slightly higher 5th overall.
At Baseball America today, our farm system rankings from 1-30. https://t.co/cbKXV9kgIY— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) February 10, 2021
First, if you don’t have a Baseball America subscription, have the means, and want to support fantastic league-wide prospect coverage, go get a BA subscription. I’ll wait.
Now, it is worth noting here a few things. One, assuming that graduations happen as expected during the 2021 season, the Braves’ farm system is going to drop off a decent bit. How much will be determined by how some of these young guys and 2020 draftees develop, but with the system being this heavy at the top with the guys that are likely to graduate...expect the Braves to not have a top 5 system next offseason.
Second, all of us that make rankings are flying a little more blind than usual given that we don’t really know what guys are going to look like after a somewhat lost 2020 season for a lot of them. As a result, take any prospect rankings this time around with a bit of a grain of salt. They are likely to change a bunch by midseason.