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
Monday, September 24 – Middle Infielders, Outfielders
Thursday, September 27 – Starting Pitchers (2 posts)
Friday, September 28 – Relief Pitchers (2 posts)
We’ll finish the final week with our awards, starting Friday, September 28th. So, let’s take a look at the outfielders in the Atlanta Braves system…
Coming into the 2018 season, if anyone would have asked the areas of extreme strength in the Atlanta Braves farm system, the depth of starting pitching would be an easy answer, though the handedness would not be right-handed. Instead, in 2018, incredible strides were made by a number of the Braves’ righty prospects, giving them as many as 6 top 100 prospects, all of which could feasibly end up in the top 50 this offseason in major prospect lists.
Sadly, the top arm coming into the season in many eyes got his shot, but he got hurt, and he’ll still be a prospect due to that. The rest, however, made major strides, and of those six possible top 100 guys, five threw a pitch for the Atlanta Braves at the major league level this season, and that’s incredibly exciting.
There’s also more coming. The Braves have stocked the lower levels with big arms that need development, and like the group that seemed to all hit at the same time in 2018, those guys will develop at their own pace, but once they’re ready, the Braves will not be afraid to push them forward, even all the way to the major leagues before they can legally purchase a celebratory drink to toast their big league promotion!
Let’s dig deeper into those players!