The Atlanta Braves are cruising right along as the hottest team in the league. Most of their success is coming from a young formerly belonging to the number one farm system in baseball. And now they have more young talent emerging. Atlanta, sitting atop the National League East Division, still has the third ranked farm system according to MLB.com. Their No. 5 prospect, Drew Waters an outfielder for the Double-A affiliate Mississippi Braves, may be their next young star.
Quickly Moving Up
A 2017-second round pick, Waters spent time between A ball and Advanced A in 2018. He slashed .293/.343/.476 with 39 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, and 23 steals over the season. He is now advancing through the minor league ranks at a Ronald Acuña Jr-like pace. The 20 year old has been mashing the AA Southern League and looks to be promoted to AAA Gwinnett in just a matter of time.
In 68 games this season, Waters is leading the SL in batting average (.338), runs (42), hits (93), doubles (23), triples (8), and OPS (.916). His numbers propelled him into a starting position for the SL All-Star Game with teammate Cristian Pache. Naturally, Waters continued his pace, hitting a home run for the South Division.