With the first pick of the 1990 draft, the Atlanta Braves selected a skinny 18-year-old kid that switch hit and played shortstop. Twenty-two years later, that kid will finish his career as one of the greatest players in franchise history. Chipper Jones evolved from nothing more than a promising shortstop prospect into a guaranteed future Hall of Famer and Braves legend.
Chipper's retirement is the passing of an era. But as Chipper rides off into the sunset, the door opens for this young ballclub to establish their own identity.
The Braves have a very talented core of young players. Jason Heyward (22), Freddie Freeman (22), Craig Kimbrel (24), Tommy Hanson (25) and Brandon Beachy (25) have earned the right to be considered talented players at the major league level.
Mike Minor (24) and Randall Delgado (22) are currently putting in the time and taking their lumps as they evolve into future staples of the Braves' roster.
Which Braves of tomorrow are poised to contribute in a meaningful way sooner rather than later?