By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 23, 2014
The Atlanta Braves have the best starting pitching in MLB. Keep your seat so you won't pass out or something. So it isn't that surprising that the guys the Braves are looking at for starters so far are doing well. How about the other prospects coming behind them? Take a look at the top five prospects, some pitchers and some not; see who's stock is up and who's is down.
As he moved up a little bit this season, Cabrera still has been able to improve with a career best 2.61 ERA so far.
Though I don't think there is much of a future for any Braves prospect at shortstop while Andrelton Simmons lives and breathes, Peraza is certainly showing himself worthy of some consideration somewhere. He has been perfect in the field so far in 2014 and has an average near .300 to go along with a solid on-base percentage.
Hursh has a 2.95 ERA thus far with double-A Mississippi. That is actually a little higher than his numbers last season but still is a good mark. When you consider that he was just drafted in 2013, it becomes clear just how fast Hursh is advancing through the minor league system. To debut in double-A with an ERA under 3.00 less than one year after being drafted is certainly going to push stock high.
Bethancout is a great defensive player. Everyone can agree on that. The fact is that he just has never been considered very good with the bat. Last year however he started to show promise in that area which forced his stock high even in the presence of Evan Gattis' powerful presence with the big league club. Triple-A has knocked Bethancourt down a bit though. His average is struggling and so is he so far.
Early in A advanced, Sims' ERA has taken a bit of a hit. That might send his stock down if it weren't for a great 0.952 WHIP. Allowing less than one base runner per inning is certainly pushing stocks up a bit and should guarantee a lower ERA as the season drags on.
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