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1) Ronald Acuna OF
Acuna is as 5-tool as 5-tool gets. He is the perfect mix of plus power/hit/speed as you’d want in a prospect. He rocketed through three levels of the Braves in 2017. He came over to the AFL where I was able to see him in game and before the game in BP over a dozen times. He’s got great bat speed, which generates some loud power. He can get over extended and press himself into some bad strikeouts, but he also seemed to find a way to get a hit in every game I watched. He capped his 2017 off by winning AFL MVP, which was well deserved. He’s the number one overall player for a reason. 20/40 is a very distinct possibility. The AVG is where i struggle. His minor numbers indicate a .300 hitter, but I think he might be looking more .270 range, with a ceiling of .300. All-in on Acuna, and one of the few minor league players I believe has an unnamed cost in trades. You can only do it, when you can’t say no.
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) November 18, 2017
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) October 19, 2017
2) Austin Riley 3B
Riley has shown a lot consistency through the last two years. He’s essentially made himself into a .270 20HR guy that you can take to the bank. There is a lot more upside though. He made his way into the fall league, and didn’t disappoint. I remember first seeing him, and the body was a tad stiff, but by the end, he seemed to transform a bit looking more athletic and moving easier. He had some long HR’s I was able to catch, and even hit for the cycle in one game. Riley is one of those few guys that I think may make the lateral stat move from minors to the majors, as I see him as .260-.270 type hitter, but with 30+ HR potential. He should get a look very soon in ATL.
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) November 22, 2017
3) Luiz Gohara SP
Acuna got all the publicity for rising through three levels with ATL in ‘17, but Gohara went four! He started in A+ and ended in the majors getting five starts and striking out 31 over 29. I always had a worry with Gohara’s body that sticking as a starter could be tough, but I was wrong. He may always be a Sabathia body type, but his conditioning wasn’t a problem as he maintained a plus FB, and improved his slider into a plus punch out pitch. For me he is the top pitching prospect with the Braves (partially accounting for immediate playing time with the Braves) but I think that says something, as no one has a better crop of young arms than ATL.
4) Kyle Wright SP
Wright was in talks as a top overall pick in 2017. I remember watching a game of Vanderbilt (Wright) vs Louisville (Brendan McKay) and Wright dominated with his hard curveball. His FB is pretty good, with a near plus slider/cutter. I’d feel comfortable saying he was probably the safest arm in the ‘17 draft. He doesn’t have the ceiling (in my eyes) as Gore and Greene, but he’s a combination consistent stuff that is going to set him apart. I almost think of like a Mitch Keller when comparing stuff to production.
5) Mike Soroka SP
Of the crop of ATL pitchers, what I like about Soroka the most is the command. I mean that in multiple ways. He has overall great “command” in his pitches, but I also like how he commands the ground ball swings at his sinker. Like Wright, I don’t want to say he’s “safe” and it come off as a slight, but Soroka is advanced for his age from going deep in innings to commanding the strike zone, he is a safe option. Someone like Wentz might have a bit more upside, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with risks. I believe Soroka is a really great #2 or #3 pitcher to stash in your minors. He could pay off earlier than many others.
6) Joey Wentz SP
7) Ian Anderson SP
8) Kolby Allard SP
9) Max Fried SP
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) October 16, 2017
10) Touki Toussaint SP
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