Farm Report: A Look Back at the Braves Top 100

Back in July, the staff at Baseball Farm compiled their list of Top 100 prospects and the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, and Tampa Bay Rays respectfully had the most players ranked inside the Top 100 and rightfully so.

Mike Soroka, RHP:

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The Atlanta Braves leader in the “Plum Prospects” was RHP Mike Soroka, who is ranked 18th on Baseball Farm’s Top 100 and the Braves number one prospect per MLB Pipeline finished with a 2-1 record and 34 strikeouts with six walks but finished with a 1.76 ERA prior to being called up to the big leagues.

In just five games at the big league level, Soroka finished with a 2-1 record, 21 strikeouts, six walks and finished with a 3.51 ERA. According to Baseball Reference, Soroka’s projected numbers are (5-4, 3.82) with 71 strikeouts and 24 walks.

That being said, Soroka should get a MLB nod.

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Austin Riley, 3B:

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Austin Riley, Braves third baseman finished 24th in the Plum Prospects Top 100 from Baseball Farm. Riley, 21, appeared in 102 games between Double-A and Triple-A hitting 18 dinger’s and driving in 67 along the way. While in Triple-A, he compiled a slash line of .282/.346/.464 and with Double-A Mississippi Braves he compiled a slash line of .333/.394/.677.

In the Gulf Coast League, Riley appeared in six games slashing .278/.409/.611 with a homer and three runs batted in. Riley’s ETA according to MLB Pipeline is 2019. If he remains healthy throughout Spring Training, do not be surprised to Riley being promoted to the Atlanta roster before Opening Day.

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Kyle Wright, RHP:

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Kyle Wright made it on our list just inside of the Top 50, finishing 44th on the list. Between Double-A and Triple-A this past season, Wright finished 8-9 with a 3.46 ERA. He posted 133 strikeouts with 51 walks allowing 118 hits, 60 runs in which 53 were earned in 138 innings of work.

Wright, in 2017 between Rookie Ball and High-A, posted 2.65 ERA with a loss on his record in nine games played. During that time, he worked for a total of 17 innings, posting 18 strikeouts along with six walks and gave up five runs, all were earned.

Although he made his big league debut this past season, Wright, who appeared in four games posting an ERA of 4.50 and only five strikeouts, will likely get rebooted in Triple-A come Opening Day. However, don’t be surprised to see him in the Majors at the beginning of the season. That all, of course, is dependent on how the Spring goes.

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Luiz Gohara, LHP:

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Finishing out the Top 50 for the Atlanta Braves is big hefty-lefty Luiz Gohara who finished ranked No. 45 on Baseball Farm’s Top 100 list. Was it the worst trade in the history of all trades when the Seattle Mariners shipped Gohara to the Braves for outfielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons.

Back in 2017, Ken Rosenthal, who was with FOX Sports at the time reported in his article that two scouts texted him, one saying “Worst move ever!” the other, “Best pitcher in the Arizona Fall League.” So, why give up a highly touted prospect who can work the zone? No one knows, really.

The past is the past — Braves fans have to be happy with Gohara, though, right?

Since being traded to the Braves, Gohara has made two brief appearances at the big league level. His first coming in 2017 where he posted a 1-3 record with a 4.91 ERA. In those five games, he completed 29.1 innings of work striking out 31 and walking eight. He did however manage to 17 runs, 16 of which were earned on 32 hits allowed.

2018 saw Gohara get another call to the show but with not so good results. In just the nine games played (one start), he finished with a 0-1 record and a 5.95 ERA in 19.2 innings of work. Although he did have 18 strikeouts in those games, he managed to give up 13 runs, all were earned.

Gohara ranks seventh on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 for the Braves prospects. He likely starts the season in Triple-A, but, if needed, he could get the call back up to the majors very quickly as well.

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Ian Anderson, RHP:

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Ian Anderson starts out the Braves on the backend of the Top 50 list coming in at 55th on Baseball Farm’s Top 100 list. With an ETA of 2020, his time for the big league shot is right around the corner. He started this past season in High-A with the Florida Fire Frogs posting a 2-6 record with an ERA of 2.52. During his 20 games at the High-A level, he worked through 100 innings, fanning 118 while only walking 40.

His promotion to Double-A came on the backend of the season where he only appeared in four games working 19.1 innings. During that time, he fanned 24 and only walked a total of nine hitters. Another good note is that he only allowed two homers in 2018, both at the High-A level.

Look for Anderson to start his 2019 campaign in Double-A.

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**The remaining three players are guys I have done brief interviews with while they spent the year in Rookie-Advanced with the Danville Braves.**

Drew Waters, OF:

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Ah man!

Drew Waters barely missed out at being ranked 70th overall by the Baseball Farm staff. He comes in ranked 71st overall, 8th ranked on MLB Pipeline’s list for the Braves. In MLB Pipeline’s Top 100, Waters comes in at 91st.

Waters began his 2018 campaign with the Rome Braves, Class-A Full Season, prior to being called-up to High-A, Florida Fire Frogs of the Florida State League. Last season, between both teams, Waters slashed .293/.343/.476 with nine homers, 39 runs batted in and collected 219 total bases.

With an ETA still about two years off in 2021, Waters likely gets the start in High-A, where he finished the season. If all goes as planned for Waters, he could get the call to Double-A on the backend of the season.

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Christian Pache, OF: 

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Christian Pache gets a Top 85 vote by finishing the season ranked at 82nd on the Top 100 from Baseball Fam. He’s ranked at the Braves 8th overall prospect and ranked 68th overall in the Top 100 by MLB Pipeline. Pache, like most of the prospect mentioned earlier, started his season with one team but finished it with another.

Pache, 20, started his 2018 season in High-A but after putting in the work and strong willed efford, he got a much deserving promotion to Double-A. His ETA is a little off still with it being 2021, but, from scouts around the ballfields, they like what they see from Pache. That means he could get a call-up sooner, rather than later.

Between the two minor league teams this past season, Pache slashed .279/.307/.410 with nine dinger’s and 47 runs batted in. With a mix of power, which is above and beyond some of the younger guys along with his speed and fielding ability, Pache will be a fun guy to watch as he moves through ranks on his way to a big league promotion.

For me, Pache gets the start at Double-A but finished in Triple-A.

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Kolby Allard, LHP

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Kolby Allard is one fun prospect to watch. He worked his way through the ranks being the Braves top overall prospect at one point, to quickly making his run through the minors before getting his call to the majors in 2018 where he appeared in three games working only eight innings, striking out three and walking four.

Allard started his 2018 campaign in Triple-A where he posted a 6-4 record with an ERA of 2.72. During his stint with Gwinnett, Allard also gunned down 89 and only walked 34. He also allowed 37 runs, 34 of those were earned in just 112.1 innings of work.

Although he made a big league appearance, he likely won’t start there in 2019. Look for Allard to be on the Gwinnett Stripers Opening Day roster.

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