LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Six Braves prospects including five pitchers were named to Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, led by right-hander Julio Teheran at No. 5.
First baseman Freddie Freeman came in at No. 17, followed by right-hander Randall Delgado (35th), left-hander Mike Minor (37th) and right-handers Craig Kimbrel (86th) and Arodys Vizcaino (93rd).
All are in major league camp, though Teheran and Vizcaino are non-roster invitees. Freeman is penciled in as the Braves’ starting first baseman and Kimbrel is a candidate to be their primary closer.
Teheran, who turned 20 last month, is projected to be a staff ace in the not-too-distant future. He was the top-rated pitcher in the Baseball America list.
The slender Colombian was 9-8 with a 2.59 ERA in 24 starts last season for three minor league affiliates in Class A and Double A, totaling 159 strikeouts with 40 walks in 142-2/3 innings.
A year ago, Jason Heyward was rated No. 1 on Baseball America’s top 100 list, and Freeman was the next-highest rated Brave at No. 32.
Heyward homered on opening day in his major league debut, was voted to start in the All-Star game, and finished a close second to San Francisco’s Buster Posey for NL Rookie of the Year.