At the start of the 2014 MLB season, the Atlanta Braves have high expectations surrounding them. Despite a plethora of injuries to starting pitchers, Atlanta is one of the favorites to win the NL East and make the playoffs in the National League.
One of the main reasons for this optimism is the talented club the team has at the Major League level. Especially once guys start returning from injuries, both the lineup and the pitchers are some of the most skilled at their respective positions in baseball.
Unfortunately, the high talent and improving nature of the Major Leaguers for Atlanta, as well as all the recent winning this team has done, leaves something to be desired in the minor leagues. According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Braves rank just 22nd out of the 30 clubs as far as farm systems are concerned.
It's not all bad news though. As Law points out in his snippet on Atlanta, the Braves' system is rather top-heavy, meaning there could be some useful pieces worth waiting for.