8 Braves make Baseball America’s list of Top 100 prospects
Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuna soared to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list for 2018 and heads a group of eight on the list from the Braves system, two more than any other organization placed in the rankings.
Besides Acuna, other Braves prospects in the Top 100: left-hander Luiz Gohara (23); right-handers Mike Soroka (27), Kyle Wright (34) and Ian Anderson (42); third baseman Austin Riley (54), and lefties Kolby Allard (65) and Max Fried (72).
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Acuna, who only turned 20 on Dec. 18, climbed three rungs on the Braves’ minor league ladder during a spectacular season in which he hit a combined .325 with 31 doubles, eight triples, 21 homers, 82 RBIs, 44 stolen bases and an .896 OPS in 139 games. He’s expected to compete for a spot on the big-league team at spring training.
Four teams had six prospects in the top 100 including the Yankees, Brewers, Padres and Rays, and four had five prospects including a Braves NL East foe, the Phillies.
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