Keshawn Ogans was the true definition of a lottery ticket-type of player when the Braves took him in as their last pick in the 2022 draft. The tools and defensive versatility were there, but there were questions about his size and power output aplenty. Since being drafted, the late-rounder had done nothing but produce in his year-and-a-half in professional baseball, culminating in being selected to represent Atlanta in the Arizona Fall League.
The Braves took Ogans with their final selection in the 2022 draft, after he spent three seasons at the University of California. While his overall numbers at Cal were solid, it wasn’t until the MLB Draft League where he started to pick up steam as a possible draftee.
Preseason Report Card
Ogans failed to make our preseason prospect list, and didn’t appear on our midseason rankings either. But given the amount of turnover in the system combined with Ogans’ strong second half of the 2023 season, there’s a very good chance we see him grace the list when the calendar flips over as he works his way up the MiLB depth chart for Atlanta.
What we saw in 2023
As mentioned above, coming into 2023, whatever the Braves got out of Ogans in terms of production was simply icing on the cake. As a 20th round pick, expectations weren’t exactly sky high. Nevertheless, Ogans showed up and showed out as he opened the year in High-A Rome and never looked back. Across 113 games for the Braves, Ogans slashed .266/.360/.397 (122 wRC+), which is a solid line given his projected offensive output. Ogans also tallied 32 extra-base hits including nine homers to go along with 67 RBI on the season for Rome. Defensively, Ogans spent time all over the diamond for the Braves, appearing at third base a bulk of the time, but also making plenty of starts at second base and shortstop as well.
Ogans’ play was good enough to garner a selection to the Arizona Fall League where he continued to post solid numbers across the board. In 17 games for the Salt River Rafters, he hit .299 with a .750 OPS and also knocked two home runs in addition to driving in 16 runs.
Given that he will be 22 for much of next season, and showing flashes of offensive talent, Ogans is likely to start next year back in Rome. However, there’s a very good chance he could get the nod to move on up to Double-A Mississippi if his numbers at the plate continue to trend upwards. Ogans has a chance to eventually carve out a spot as a future potential bench piece/defensive specialist at the big league level. Granted, while Truist Park is just a bit out of reach for Ogans this year, a strong 2024 season at the plate could give him the launching pad needed to go into 2025 knocking on the MLB doorstep.