Over the past couple of years, there has been a complete re-tooling, with trades bringing in 16 of the new Top 30 list. It also helped Atlanta go from more of a bottom-feeder in organizational rankings to a No. 9 placement a year ago and all the way up to No. 2 in MLBPipeline.com's system rankings.
• MLB's Top 10 farm systems
The most recent deals from this offseason netted the Braves three of their top four prospects, all of them in the Top 100, led by No. 1 prospect -- and 2015 No. 1 overall pick -- Dansby Swanson. Swanson joins Ozzie Albies to form the best shortstop prospect duo, by far, in any organization. The Braves are very excited, for good reason, to have a potential up-the-middle nucleus of Swanson, Albies, center fielder Mallex Smith (trade) and catcher Lucas Herbert (2015 Draft).
• Braves' Top 30 Prospects list
Herbert is part of a strong Draft Class of '15 for the Braves, adding even more upside and depth to a system now bursting at the seams with talent. His high school batterymate (and first-round pick) Kolby Allard is a Top 100 prospect, and third baseman Austin Riley's huge pro debut raised his prospect stock quite a bit. Picking No. 3 overall, as well as having an extra pick at 40, will only help add to the prospect coffers.
Be patient, Braves fans. Good times will return, courtesy of the farm system. That's how things used to work in Atlanta, and it is exactly what the Johns were setting out to re-establish.
||ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WAS
||BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
||CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
||CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
||ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
||HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2015 preseason list to the 2016 preseason list.
Jump: Ronald Acuna (2015: NR | 2016: 23)
Fall: Alec Grosser (2015: 15 | 2016: NR)
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.
Hit: Dansby Swanson (60)
Power: Austin Riley (55)
Run: Mallex Smith (80)
Arm: Johan Camargo (70)
Defense: Lucas Herbert (60)
Fastball: Mauricio Cabrera (70)
Curveball: Lucas Sims (60)
Slider: Chris Ellis (55)
Changeup: Manny Banuelos (55)
Control: Wes Parsons (55)
How they were built
Rule 5: 1
Breakdown by ETA
Breakdown by position