The Atlanta Braves look as good as we've seen in a long time, and this could finally be the year the team returns to the World Series. While they're one of the best teams in the league, there are still areas for improvement, which could lead to some activity at the trade deadline.
If Atlanta pursues a big deal at the deadline, it's almost certain they'll be forced to move some prospects. While the farm system is loaded, there are a few prospects that the Braves should be hesitant to trade.
1. Christian Pache - OF
Christian Pache has soared up the prospect ranks of late, checking in at No. 14 in MLB Pipeline's Top 100. He has incredible speed and fielding ability and has the makings of a defensive superstar at the next level. He's tearing up Double-A offensively as well, with 11 homers, 49 RBI and 7 steals, while slashing .290/.352/.512.
2. Ian Anderson - RHP
Ian Anderson is another member of the Top 100 list, ranked at No. 26. He has been elite at Double-A this year, recording a 2.91 ERA with 119 strikeouts across 92.2 innings of work. The former first round pick is developing nicely in the Braves' farm system and should be making his big league debut in 2020, when he could add another talented arm to Atlanta's rotation.
3. Kyle Wright - RHP
Wright hasn't performed at the MLB level, posting a 7.07 ERA across 14 innings. He's also struggled in the minors this year, with a 4.86 ERA. Still, his upside is tremendous and the Braves are hoping that he can contribute in their rotation at some point this year, if not next year. While teams will certainly be interested in Wright, Atlanta should not let him go.