Despite an ugly 2012 campaign, Julio Teheran remains the prize of the Atlanta Braves’ farm system, though there’s now a host of promising pitching prospects breathing down his neck.
While there’s no other pitcher who has his upside, the Braves' depth on the mound is impressive and should yield a myriad of options—both in their starting rotation and bullpen—for years to come. In fact, seven of their top-10 prospects are pitchers, as well as their top two draft picks from 2012.
Beyond that, their system features a dearth of projectable positional talent, highlighted by a pair of intriguing shortstops in Nick Ahmed and Jose Peraza, and defensively gifted backstop Christian Bethancourt.
It’s also worth noting that the Braves have a solid crop of sleeper prospects such as second baseman Tommy La Stella, outfielder Connor Lien, catcher Fernelys Sanchez, and, my personal favorite, OF/1B/C Evan Gattis. Gattis may be 26 and has only reached Double-A, but his bat is real and may force the Braves’ hand at some point during the 2013 season.
Anyway, here’s a look at the Atlanta Braves’ top-10 prospects headed into the offseason.