As Fangraphs’ Prospect Week continues, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projection system has chimed in with its own list of Top 100 prospects. You can read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/zips-2021-top-100-prospects.
Braves’ prospects making the list are:
- Ian Anderson at #5 overall. Anderson’s sparkling debut no doubt punted him up towards the top of the list. He’s also almost-not-a-prospect, but I guess since he retains his rookie eligibility for the start of the season, he’s fair game for the list.
- Cristian Pache at #18 overall. Minor league defense is very hard to translate into major league defense, and the immediate outlooks on Pache offensively aren’t very high, but it’s somewhat nice that a statistics-based model still sees Pache as delivering a boatload of career value.
- Braden Shewmake (!!) at #29 overall. ZiPS and other top 100 lists overlap a fair bit, but not here. The Braves’ first-round pick from 2019 has fewer than 300 professional PAs to his name, and has only 50 at Double-A, so this is high system-based “praise.” Mr. Szymborski indicates that the incorporation of college-level data into ZiPS give Shewmake a strong floor.
- Drew Waters at #42 overall. This is really close to his top 50 ranking on Eric Longenhagen’s more traditional/scouting-based Top 100 list.
- Tucker Davidson at #75 overall. Another guy like Shewmake that didn’t appear on the other Fangraphs Top 100 list, Davidson’s strong 2019 at Double-A probably shunted him towards appearing on this list, and he had some real good numbers at A-ball as well.