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Here's how the Braves did on the various prospect lists

Here's the list of how the Braves did on various prospect lists as we head to spring training

The prospect lists are out. Let’s take a look at how the Braves did with the improved farm system.

10. Dansby Swanson
20. Sean Newcomb
32. Ozzie Albies
44. Austin Riley
87. Kolby Allard
NOTES: Riley appears in this list and he’s very high, while he’s not on any other list. Scout completely left out Aaron Blair, which was a mistake.

8. Dansby Swanson
21. Sean Newcomb
29. Ozzie Albies
56. Aaron Blair
89. Kolby Allard
NOTES: Touki Toussaint was 69th in the final 2015 list, so he dropped out completely. Blair moved up from 61, while Newcomb moved down two spots.
- Newcomb was the 4th best left-handed pitching prospect, while Allard was the 10th best LHP
- Swanson was the 4th best shortstop prospect, while Albies was the 10th best SS prospect
- Austin Riley, not ranked in the Top 100, was ranked as the 6th best third base prospect

17. Dansby Swanson
24. Sean Newcomb
55. Hector Olivera
60. Aaron Blair
63. Ozzie Albies
84. Kolby Allard
90. Touki Toussaint
NOTES: BA is the only one to rank Olivera. It’s a little surprising they did not rank Riley considering his success after the draft.

13. Dansby Swanson
20. Ozzie Albies
30. Sean Newcomb
39. Aaron Blair
43. Kolby Allard
80. Touki Toussaint
96. Max Fried
NOTES: Law is not as high on Newcomb as others, as he has questions about the command. But Law has five in his Top 50. The inclusion of Fried at the end of Law’s list says a lot about Fried’s potential. Law also listed right-handed pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins as a player that just missed his Top 100 list.

Now here are how the organizations are listed according to talent rankings:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Houston Astros
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Washington Nationals
NOTES: The Braves were ranked 29th prior to 2015, 26th prior to 2014 and 21st prior to 2013.

1. Atlanta Braves
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Milwaukee Brewers
NOTES: Law said, “This wasn’t even a tough call.”

Baseball America revised its Top 10 list for the Braves after all the acquisitions of the offseason:

1. Dansby Swanson
2. Sean Newcomb
3. Aaron Blair
4. Hector Olivera
5. Kolby Allard
6. Ozzie Albies
7. Touki Toussaint
8. Austin Riley
9. Max Fried
10. Mallex Smith

John Sickels of rated Atlanta’s top 20 prospects on November 11, 2015, before the two major trades that brought in three significant prospects:

1. Hector Olivera
2. Kolby Allard
3. Ozzie Albies
4. Austin Riley
5. Lucas Sims
6. Mike Soroka
7. Touki Toussaint
8. Mallex Smith
9. Tyrell Jenkins
10. Zach Bird
11. Braxton Davidson
12. Max Fried
13. Ronald Acuna
14. John Gant
15. Manny Banuelos
16. Josh Graham
17. Juan Yepez
18. Lucas Herbert
19. Rio Ruiz
20. Andrew Thurman


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