Arguably the Braves’ best minor league prospect is reportedly heading to Mississippi.
The Atlanta Braves’ farm system is in arguably the worst state it has been in in years, although much of that has been for all the right reasons. While the IFA sanctions took a heavy toll to be sure, other reasons for the Braves’ lack of real depth in the minors is because their draft position has been lower due to playing well over the last four years as well as the fact that they have graduated so many guys to form arguably the best young core in all of baseball with guys like Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley, Michael Harris, Max Fried, Spencer Strider…the list goes on and on.
However, just the system isn’t as deep as it once was does not mean that there is no talent in the Braves’ minor leagues. Vaughn Grissom, an 11th round pick from the 2019 draft, has made a pretty convincing case this season that he is the top prospect for the Braves. Now, it looks like he is headed for Double-A Mississippi.
Sources: the Braves have promoted SS Vaughn Grissom to Double-A.
21-year-old has dominated High-A (.312/.403/.488) en route to becoming one of the top prospects in the system. 11th rounder in 2019 from the same Hagerty HS team as Tigers CF Riley Greene.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) July 11, 2022
It will be really interesting to see how Vaughn does against more advanced pitching, although his approach should help him in Mississippi and he seamlessly adjusted to getting promoted to high-A last year. The biggest leap forward this season that he has made was in having his power play more in games. Combining that with impressive control of the barrel has paid big dividends for him. As for his play leading up to this promotion, he has been pretty insane
Grissom currently has an 11 game hitting streak and 37 game on base streak. In those 37 games he’s hitting .362/.444/.577 with 7 HR, 13 SB, and a 9.9% K rate https://t.co/AjyGC0OKXE
— Garrett Spain (@BravesMILB) July 11, 2022
Mississippi’s home park is going to be tough for Vaughn to showcase his power on a consistent basis, but we still fully expect him to hit well in Double-A. Mississippi definitely needs a bat like him with Michael Harris getting the call to the big leagues and Jesse Franklin and Luke Waddell currently hurt.