The Atlanta Braves minor league system is currently a weak one, with very few top-flight prospects. Much of that system depletion is because of top prospects graduating to the major leagues in recent years. Guys like Alex Wood, David Hale, Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons and Julio Teheran have all recently gone from prospects to major league regulars.
Many of the top 10 left are young, and their talent is raw, which makes their trade value hard to gauge. This lack of definable top-flight talent will make it hard for Atlanta to go out and get any big-name players on the trade market.
However, the Braves do have a number of prospects who could bring back bench players or late-innings relievers at this year’s trade deadline.
Since we’ve been tracking a few extra prospects in our weekly Top-10 Prospect Watch series, we’ll add those guys into this list. Since players drafted this year cannot be traded, we’ll leave No. 5 prospect Braxton Davidson—the Braves’ 2014 first-round pick—out of the trade conversation.