MLB.com continues to release its top prospect lists, and the Braves continue to be represented well.
The Braves have two players on the shortstop list, with Dansby Swanson as the fourth-best shortstop and Ozhaino Albies as the tenth-best shortstop prospect in baseball.
Swanson was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller trade in December. He was the first overall pick in the draft last June. Swanson is expected to play this season in Double-A for the Braves and could be ready to take over for Erick Aybar by opening day 2017 at the latest.
Albies was tremendous in Rome last season at 18 years old. He hit .310 and stole 29 bases. The Braves will likely move Albies to second base with Swanson now in the farm system. Albies is expected to be in Carolina to start the 2016 season, with a promotion to Double-A likely if he succeeds in the Carolina League.
Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager was the top prospect at that position, followed by Philadelphia’s J.P. Crawford. Milwaukee’s Orlando Arcia was third, with Washington’s Trea Turner was fifth. Two more members of last year’s draft class were sixth and seventh, with Colorado’s Brendan Rodgers and Houston’s Alex Bregman coming in next. Franklin Barreto of Oakland is eighth, with Gleyber Torres of the Cubs coming in right before Albies at nine.