Despite an ugly showing while repeating Triple-A last season, Julio Teheran is still the gem 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 in the system that has as high of a ceiling as Teheran, the Braves are loaded with depth on the mound, which 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 headed into the 2013 season are pitchers.
But after trading three of their better prospects (Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury) to the Diamondbacks this offseason in exchange for Justin Upton, the Braves’ system features a serious lack of position prospects, let alone projectable ones. At the same time, the club should still receive contributions from Christian Bethancourt and Evan Gattis over the course of the season, as well as several of their sleeper prospects.
Here’s a look at the Atlanta Braves’ top 10 prospects headed into spring training.