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Atlanta Braves 2018 minor league review: outfielders

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ATLANTA, GA – JULY 26: Outfielders (from left to right ) Ronald Accuna, Jr. #13, Ender Incciarte #11 and right fielder Nick Marckakis #22 of the Atlanta Braves kneel during a pitching change in the seventh inning during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at SunTrust Park on July 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

With the minor league season complete, it’s time to take a look back at the performances in the Atlanta Braves system this year.

With the major league club reaching success, many Atlanta Braves fans have shifted their focus from the intense scrutiny of the minor league system that was the norm for the last few seasons to a more concerted cheering for the big league squad – and that’s expected. However, there were some very notable things to happen in the minor league system this year, so it’s definitely worthwhile to review all that happened!

This will part of our positional reviews here at Tomahawk Take. We will begin with catcher and work our way through the infield, outfield, right-handed starters, left-handed starter, and relievers. Finally, we will announce our Tomahawk Take 2018 Atlanta Braves organizational team of the year and team awards. That will all lead up to the top 100 prospect list that will once again appear on this page after a year’s hiatus while our Benjamin Chase was working with other sites (though he did produce a top 100 last season, just not with TT!).

We will have the schedule as such:
Tuesday, September 18 – Catchers
Sunday, September 23 – Corner Infielders
Monday, September 24 – Middle Infielders, Outfielders
Tuesday, September 25 – Starting Pitchers (2 posts)
Wednesday, September 26 – Relief Pitchers

We’ll finish the final week with our awards, starting Thursday, September 27th. So, let’s take a look at the outfielders in the Atlanta Braves system…

Position review

Coming into the 2018 season, the Atlanta Braves had the enviable position of having the #1 outfield prospect in all of baseball. Certainly, Ronald Acuna, Jr. did nothing to disappoint in his 2018 season, but is there anything left on the farm?

The AAA level for the Braves in 2018 was primarily stocked with older veteran outfielders who likely wouldn’t have a long-term future in Atlanta. Below that, however, are a few of the most dynamic talents in the farm system. In fact, when all is tallied on my personal list, two of the top four position players are outfielders, and the overall top position player is an outfielder, so there are more pieces on the way for sure.

The impressive part in 2018 was seeing that a number of the high-upside, low-floor players took a step forward, while many of the high-floor players continued on a path to make themselves viable big league players.

Let’s dig deeper into those players!

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