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McAuley: Midseason Top 30 Braves Prospects (Part 11-20)

July 15th, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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My updated list of the Top 30 Atlanta Braves Prospects features several new faces. As always, prospect hot sheets are a fluid situation and stock rises and falls for a variety of reasons. Performance, injuries and attrition shapes and reshapes the rankings throughout the year. Ultimately, these lists are an indicator of where these players stand at this particular time. Factoring the numbers along with individual tools and skill sets as well as scouting reports helps determine how projectable they are, but the human element is very much in play here. That includes the evaluators and list makers who judge the players based on the aforementioned variety of criteria in order to stack them in some order. Thanks to a talent pool that seems to get deeper by the year, the Atlanta farm system makes this no easy task.

Let’s continue the list in Part 2 with the next 10 prospects on the list.

11.) Drew Waters | OF | Age: 18 | Previous Rank (NR)

Another young player who debuts on this list, Drew Waters hails from nearby Woodstock, GA, and was Atlanta’s second round pick (41st overall) in the 2017 Draft. The club believes this switch-hitting, prep outfielder can grow into some power as he matures and are already in love with his makeup and competitiveness. Scouting director Brian Bridges raved about Waters’ ability to play “with an edge” and referred to him as a throwback player. Atlanta went after the local product from Etowah High School after working him out twice at SunTrust Park, where the dimensions of the new ballpark could be quite friendly to Waters from the left side of the plate. Waters debuted in the Gulf Coast League and will likely climb to Danville by summer’s end.

12.) Touki Toussaint | RHP | Age: 21 | Previous Rank: 10

The hard-throwing righty with a dynamic curveball has run into some trouble in the Florida State League. Despite that, the pure stuff and continued effort to refine it makes Toussaint a fascinating prospect. After coming over in a trade that was designed to essentially purchase his services from Arizona in 2015, Toussaint has shown flashes of his potential each season. His work with Rome in 2016 demonstrated he can make necessary in-season adjustments. While his 2017 may appear to be nothing more than a rough first half on the surface (2-9, 5.46 ERA), he is averaging a career-best 10 K/9 across 16 starts. Toussaint is considered a raw talent when compared to some of the other arms in the system, but Atlanta would like to smooth those rough …

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