Stock Up, Stock Down for Atlanta Braves' Top 10 Prospects for Week 20

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Stock Up, Stock Down for Atlanta Braves' Top 10 Prospects for Week 20
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Alex Wood's delivery makes me cringe. I won't lie. 

In fact, in spite of his success thus far this season, I would advocate that his best long-term role be as a filthy lights-out reliever in high leverage situations, a la Drew Smyly. 

As for the rest of 2013 though, Wood has elevated himself from top prospect to probable Game 3 starter of the National League Division Series, with the remainder of Brandon Beachy's season in doubt.

Via Baseball-Reference, Wood has posted an insane 1.72 ERA in his past five starts, totaling 31.1 innings pitched and 30 strikeouts in all. 

Assuming the Atlanta Braves trot out Mike Minor (25 years old), Julio Teheran (22), Alex Wood (22) and Kris Medlen (27) as their playoff rotation, they would have an average age of 24. Talk about trial by fire.

Prospect rankings courtesy of MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Statistics via Baseball-Reference.

 

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