DIGGING DATA: The Curious Case of Kolby Allard

In 2015 the Braves made high school lefty Kolby Allard their 1st round choice (#14 overall). The high school arm is kind of the Braves thing. In 2015 they also selected Mike Soroka in the 1st round. In 2016 they selected Ian Anderson in the 1st, Joey Wentz in the CBA, and Kyle Muller in the 2nd. In 2018 they went with highly touted high school arm Carter Stewart, but miscalculated something along the way (did they really miss the medical issue?) as they failed to sign him and it looks like he’s now headed to pitch in college for Mississippi State. At any rate, the Braves strategy seems to be based on identifying and developing high school arms with a good chance at rising quickly through the system and one day experiencing MLB success.

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Plum Prospects: Volume 6 (#51-60)

We put together our ‘Plum Prospect’ ranks by aggregating the rankings of the top prospects across several major, publicly available top-100 prospect lists. These are not our personal prospect picks. Rather, think of these rankings as measuring the ‘pulse’ of the current thinking among experts on prospect rankings. Use them as you would use ADP rankings in your fantasy league, to identify potential bargains on draft day or in trades. Additionally, you can use these rankings to double check your own rankings to figure out if you are too high or too low on a certain prospect.

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