Risers and Fallers of MLB Pipeline’s New Top 30 Prospects List

The Braves have had a lot of movement in their prospect rankings, and while Vaughn Grissom is still considered a prospect, it may not be for long. He’s 21 at bat away from losing his prospect status, a feat he’ll likely achieve in the coming days. Still, MLBPipeline has Grissom atop Atlanta’s standings:

As you can see, the Braves’ prospects are ranked 29th in the MLB Top 30 rankings:

Top 100: 1 | Prospecting points: 22 (29th)
It’s tough to maintain a strong farm system and win at the big league level, so the Braves aren’t too upset that they don’t have a lot of Top 100 talent after winning the World Series last year. Former Top 100 guy Michael Harris II just got a big contract extension and current Top 100 guy Vaughn Grissom recently joined him to help Atlanta try to win again this year.

1. Vaughn Grissom, SS (MLB No. 79)
2. Kyler Muller, LHP
3. Jared Shuster, LHP

Grissom being the first is no surprise at all, but here are some interesting placements in Atlanta’s new Top 30:

RHP AJ Smith-Shawver (#10)

I tend to align myself more with Baseball America, which ranked Smith-Shawver fifth in the Atlanta system ahead of the 2022 MLB Draft. It’s up a bit, especially considering the number of new faces in the Braves’ Top 30 hopefuls, but I think he deserves a little more credit than that. It’s a project for the Braves, but they’re obviously very high on this kid.

3B Justyn-Henry Malloy (#13)

If you’ve been paying attention, it’s not really a surprise. The Georgia Tech product raked in 2022, posting an .866 OPS and 13 homers in Rome and Mississippi. Malloy hasn’t seen much of a drop in production since his move to AA, so hopefully he continues to rise to the challenges the Braves provide him.

SS Ambioris Tavarez (#15)

Tavarez has had a lot of hype this season, and he has delivered. The first international player signed by the Braves after being relieved of penalties in 2015, Tavarez has posted a 0.265 GAA so far. He is still a very young man; hopefully he’ll start drawing a few extra walks and reduce strikeouts. There is a lot of potential here.

BY Jesse Franklin (#19)

Franklin has had a tough 2022, and his new rankings reflect that. He was on his way to a top ten finish, but he only posted an OPS of 0.733 in 2022, down from 0.842 last year. He’s only played 15 games so far, so he’s got a lot of catching up to do in the coming weeks.

RHP Royber Salinas (#21)

Salinas has a wicked fastball and great movement on his secondary deals; he’s apparently a guy the Braves like a lot and will be looking to move forward aggressively. He could be a bullpen play for the Braves sooner or later.

LHP Indigo Diaz (#30)

Diaz was one of the biggest prospect stories of 2021, posting a ridiculous 83 strikeouts in 45 innings and building an All-Star team. His numbers are down a bit in 2022, but not to the point where I think he deserves such a low ranking.

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