Top Ten After Ten - Braves

This is the Braves top ten for 2003 as compiled by Baseball America.  The Braves did a good job of getting a number of players to the major leagues.  Unfortunately, it was usually for the other side.

1. Adam Wainwright (RHP) - He has turned into the ace of the Cardinals rotation.  He was traded to the Cardinals for J.D. Drew. Drew had a couple of good years for the Braves but Adam has done pretty well with the Cardinals.

2. Wilson Betemit (SS) - He never lived up to his massive hype.  He is currently on the Orioles disabled list and was expected to be their primary DH.

3. Andy Marte (3B) - Myworld saw him play a couple times and failed to accept the hype for this kid.  The Dominican played six seasons in the major leagues but never got more than 300 at bats.

4. Bubba Nelson (RHP) - Bubba was a bust.

5. Macay McBride (LHP - Another pitcher who failed to live up to his hype.

6. Jeff Francoeur (OF) - In a late season callup in 2005 Jeff had a fantastic rookie season where he slugged .549 with 14 homeruns in just 70 games.  Despite two 162 game seasons after that he never reached .500 again in slugging percentage.  He did hit 29 homeruns in 2006 but a lack of plate discipline sent his average spiraling downward the more he was exposed to major league pitching.

7. Carlos Duran (OF) - He had a chance to be an All Star if he could refine his five tools.  Needless to say those tools stayed in the tool box for the Venezuelan.

8. Scott Thorman (1B) - A slugging first baseman got stuck behind Laroche and other first baseman as he bounced around the league.  He played for Canada in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

9. Brett Evert (RHP) - He had a long minor league career but the major leagues eluded him.

10. Gonzalo Lopez (RHP) - The Nicaraguan never got past A ball in his six minor league seasons.

Other players in the minor leagues during that time who have made an impact.

12. Kelly Johnson (SS) - Kelly has now moved to second base and become a pretty good offensive player at that position.  He left the Braves as a free agent in 2009 and currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays.

13. Adam LaRoche (1B) - He is currently one of the better defensive fielding first baseman in baseball who can hit 30 plus dingers.  The challenge for any team putting him in the starting lineup is overcoming his slow starts.  His father Dave was a pretty good relief pitcher in the major leagues.

17. Gregor Blanco (OF) - For a number of years he was a staple in the winter leagues, always drawing more walks than whiffs.  The Giants finally gave him their starting left field job after Melky Cabrera was busted for PEDs.

20. Ryan Langerhans (OF) - Bobby Cox loved his defense but he couldn’t hit.  The Nationals will always remember him because they traded him straight up to the Mariners for Mike Morse.

22. Blaine Boyer (LHP) - He spent some time in a number of team’s bullpens, filling the role of closer on occasion.  This year he went to Japan where he will pitch for the Hanshin Tigers.

28. Brian McCann (C) - His bat was slow to develop but he is now one of the better catchers in the National League.  Injuries the last couple years have lowered the expectations of Braves fans.

The players selected in the 2003 draft who saw some major league time.

There two number one picks Luis Atilano and Jarrod Saltalmacchia have not made a contribution to the major league team.  Salty was one of the prospects traded to the Braves to acquire Mark Teixeira for a pennant run.  There number three pick Matt Harrison is currently a starter in the Texas Rangers organization.  Matt was another player included in the trade for Teixeira.  You have to go to the 30th pick to find another player, Johnny Venters who pitched the last couple years as an awesome set-up man for the Braves with his underhand delivery.  He missed this season because of Tommy John.

The Braves drafted Quintin Berry in the 25th round but did not sign him. They drafted no other players who wore a major league uniform.

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