With the minor league season complete, it’s time to take a look back at the performances in the Atlanta Braves system this year.
With the major league club reaching success, many Atlanta Braves fans have shifted their focus from the intense scrutiny of the minor league system that was the norm for the last few seasons to a more concerted cheering for the big league squad – and that’s expected. However, there were some very notable things to happen in the minor league system this year, so it’s definitely worthwhile to review all that happened!
This will part of our positional reviews here at Tomahawk Take. We will begin with catcher and work our way through the infield, outfield, right-handed starters, left-handed starter, and relievers. Finally, we will announce our Tomahawk Take 2018 Atlanta Braves organizational team of the year and team awards. That will all lead up to the top 100 prospect list that will once again appear on this page after a year’s hiatus while our Benjamin Chase was working with other sites (though he did produce a top 100 last season, just not with TT!).
We will have the schedule as such:
Tuesday, September 18 – Catchers
Sunday, September 23 – Corner Infielders, Middle Infielders (2 posts)
Monday, September 24 – Outfielders
Tuesday, September 25 – Starting Pitchers (2 posts)
Wednesday, September 26 – Relief Pitchers
We’ll finish the final week with our awards, starting Thursday, September 27th. So, let’s take a look at the second basemen and shortstops in the Atlanta Braves system…
At the end of last season, the knowledge was that the future of the middle infield was at the major league level, so the significant gap between the majors and low minors was not a big concern.
Then the punishment from MLB happened, stripping significant middle infield prospects from the organization, certainly the four best middle infield prospects remaining in the system after the graduation of Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies to the major leagues were now stripped away.
Thtat led to a couple players being shifted in position in 2018, a couple others getting more of a shot to prove themselves, and some very interesting revelations all around.
Let’s dig deeper into those players!