Continuing our comparisons between the Braves and Mets farm systems, we take a look at the crop of…
Atlanta Braves Top 30 Prospects: 10-6
9. OF/C, Evan Gattis: Offensively Gattis is clearly one of the top prospects in the organization -- period!! He hit a combined .305 with a remarkable 42 extra-base hits in just 74 games last season. He can flat-out mash. Still, he is 26 years old already after being out of baseball for a few years and that is a bit old to be considered a true prospect, and defensively he projects to be average at best in left field despite having an above average arm. He might be low on the rankings but his impact at the big league level should be significant when he gets there.
8. LHP, Alex Wood: Last year's second round pick out of the University of Georgia will not be long for the minor leagues. He shows superior control of an above average, borderline plus fastball that sits 91-94 mph and tops out at 96 mph, his changeup is above average, and his curveball has gone from average to a potentially plus pitch with some more development. While the stuff is impressive, it's his pitching acumen that really stands above most with his lack of professional experience. He not only has a big league middle of the rotation ceiling but he is also one of the safer bets to reach his ceiling too.
7. LHP, Sean Gilmartin: Like Wood, this 2011 first round pick out of Florida State doesn't have the ceiling of a big league ace but he too is one of the safest bets to reach his ceiling as a strong middle of the rotation big league starting pitcher, thanks to an above average arsenal from the left side and great control [he walked just 39 batters last year in 157 innings]. He doesn't have pure strikeout stuff but his sinker/changeup combination allows him to induce harmless ground balls, pitch quickly, keep his pitch counts low, and log a lot of innings. He is a real workhorse.
6. SS, Jose Peraza: This 18-year old Venezuelan native has the look of a potential stud prospect in the coming years, thanks to a combination of plus plate discipline, plus speed, plus defense, and plus makeup. He has walked nearly as much as he has struck out in his first two professional seasons [51 walks, 53 strikeouts] and he already has 53 stolen bases in his first 119 professional games. The only negative to his game is his lack of power but that is not his game as a leadoff guy. While it's true that he'll never be a big home run guy, he does have the type of projectable body that should get stronger and add power, enough to become a modest double-digit home run threat who could pile up a lot of extra-base hits when it's all said and done.
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