Top prospects invited to Braves big league camp at spring training
In just a matter of months, the Atlanta Braves' farm system has gone from barren to healthy.
They're in a full rebuild, but the hope is that they'd be able to field a competitive team in 2017 -- the year they move into their new stadium.
Fans (and the team) will get a chance to peek into the future this spring training, as the team announced their non-roster invitees.
Highlighting the list, via MLB.com, are their top four prospects in SS Dansby Swanson, LHP Sean Newcomb, SS Ozzie Albies and RHP Aaron Blair. All-in-all, 10 of their top 13 prospects will be in camp, including former first rounders RHP Lucas Sims and OF Braxton Davis.
Of those top four prospects, three were acquired in the last year. Swanson and Blair were part of a package in dealing Shelby Miller, while Newcomb came over as the headliner in a trade with the Angels for Andrelton Simmons.
Naturally, Swanson will receive the most attention at camp. He's just a few months removed from being the first-overall selection in the draft and was dealt after 22 Single-A games.
It's unlikely, however, that Swanson will make an impact with the Braves in 2016. Of the players mentioned, Sean Newcomb and Aaron Blair have the best chance to crack into the big leagues next season, but not until midseason or so.