Continuing our comparisons between the Braves and Mets farm systems, we take a look at the crop of…
Atlanta Braves Top 30 Prospects: 25-21
24. 1B, Joey Terdoslavich: It was going to be impossible for the Long Beach State product to duplicate his 2011 season a year ago after he collected a whopping 74 extra-base hits [52 doubles] with the Lynchburg Hillcats, but it certainly made it all the more unlikely after he was promoted right to Triple-A Gwinnett to begin the year. He proved he could still hit for average after he was demoted to Double-A Mississippi, hitting .315 overall and .364 with runners in scoring position, but the 24-year old still doesn't have quite the plus home run power needed at a corner infield position for him to rank higher.
23. OF, Todd Cunningham: The 2010 second round pick has all of the attributes to be a solid big league reserve outfielder someday; plus plate discipline, above average speed, plus defensive skills, and switch-hitting abilities. Like Terdoslavich, however, the big tool he's missing that does limit his upside is the above average to plus power needed to give him sure-fire big league starting potential. The soon to be 24-year old could fit into the big league bench mix sometime soon though.
22. RHP, Gus Schlosser: Arguably the biggest surprise during the 2012 season was the year chipped in by this 17th round pick in 2011 out of Florida Southern College. He went 13-7 with a 3.38 for the high-A Lynchburg Hillcats and kept getting better as the season wore on. His walk ratio went down and his strikeout ratio went up in the second-half last year. He has a three-pitch big league mix that he can throw for strikes consistently and boasts the kind of command that could very well get him to the big leagues in some role.
21. RHP, Jorge Montenegro: At 22-years old, he is bit too old for the rookie levels. However, the Panamanian right-hander boasts a plus big league arm that still has a lot of room for growth. He already sports a plus big league fastball that hits the mid-90s and his curveball is already a plus big league pitch. His command his shaky though but that is to be expected for a pitcher just two years into his professional career. He still has room to fill out and once he learns to throw more strikes and pitch more consistently ahead in counts he could be a real darkhorse prospect for the Braves.
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