In a not so surprising move, the Braves promoted 4 of their Top Prospects to Gwinnett, the last stop before their unis hit MLB Shop. Cristian Pache, Drew Waters, Ian Anderson, and Tucker Davidson will be getting some up close and personal looks from the Braves brass to determine their readiness for the Major Leagues. Whether it be for this year as a September call-up, or next year for a longer stint, there’s little mistaking the timing of the move. These guys have performed above expectations in Mississippi and need a new challenge.
In my opinion, the Andruw Jones rule is in effect here and if any of these guys were to catch fire at Gwinnett, they could see September and October at Suntrust. In my personal rankings put out at midseason, Pache was ranked 1, Waters 2, Anderson 3, and Tucker 12. If I were to re-do my list now, the 3 at the top would remain in place while Tucker would squeeze in to number 9. Here were the write-ups on the 4 players:
Cristian Pache– Could be following RAJ’s footsteps as it isn’t too big of a stretch for Pache to become baseball’s #1 prospect come May of next year if he gets promoted to AAA and continues hitting. The last skill needed to show was power and it is here.
Drew Waters– Still needs to develop the RH swing, but he’s right behind Pache in talent.
Ian Anderson– Walking a bit too many but has been a K-monster since the end of April racking up 95 in 69.2 innings.
Tucker Davidson– Another Driveline guy that added velo, Davidson sat low-90s and even high-80s last year, but now is pumping mid-90s regularly and has been a consistent force for Mississippi. There’s an argument to be made that he’s surpassed Wentz as a prospect, but I’m sticking with Wentz due to pedigree.
Tucker Davidson might have the best shot at getting that September call-up due to his handedness. The Braves are down to one real dependable left-handed pitcher in the bullpen and that is Sean Newcomb. If Tucker proves effective at Gwinnett, he could be a left-handed bullpen option that gets a serious look in September.