The exhibition games are over as Spring Training finally wrapped up on Tuesday. The Atlanta Braves will travel to D.C. today to prepare for its Opening Day showdown with the Washington Nationals. There’s a ton to discuss leading up to the Braves first regular season game. However, before we move on to the games that matter, perhaps we should look back at how the organization’s prospects performed during spring camp.

Below is a look at all 30 ranked prospects in the Braves system, according to MLB Pipeline, including a paragraph or so on how they performed. Obviously not all 30 received an invite to camp this year, but many did, giving us plenty to talk about as the minor leagues begins its season on Friday, with Triple-A Gwinnett starting the year with a series at home versus Jacksonville (7:05 PM first pitch).

#1. Jared Shuster, LHP

4 starts, 18.2 IP, 1.45 ERA, 18 K / 4 BB

You couldn’t ask for a better spring performance from the system’s top-ranked prospect, as Shuster finishes exhibition play with a sub-1.50 ERA. In fact, the 24-year-old southpaw was so effective that he — along with fellow prospect Dylan Dodd — earned himself a spot within the Braves starting rotation to begin the regular season. Shuster’s best performance in Spring Training came back on March 17 against Boston, when he punched out seven Red Sox batters and allowed just three hits in four scoreless innings. I can’t wait to see what he can do when the games actually matter.

#2. Owen Murphy, RHP

Did not play

#3. JR Ritchie, RHP

Did not play

#4. AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP

2 appearances, 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 6 K / 6 BB

Smith-Shawver got his first taste of full-season ball last season, as a teenager, making 17 starts for Single-A Augusta. And while his 13.5 strikeouts per nine was off the charts, the righty struggled a bit with his command, walking 39 batters in 68.2 total innings (5.1 BB/9). As a top-tier pitching prospect, Atlanta brought him to camp anyways, and the kid did well in his limited time on the mound, making a pair of relief appearances towards the end of Spring Training. Smith-Shawver’s most-recent game, on March 26 against Pittsburgh, featured four walks and a hit batter. However, back on March 20 versus Tampa Bay he tossed two shutout frames as part of a 22-pitch effort (including 13 strikes), striking out three and walking two. Not too shabby for a 20-year-old still developing in the lower-minors.

#5. Cole Phillips, RHP

;Did not play

#6. Braden Shewmake, INF

14 G, .323 AVG, .823 OPS, 3 XBH, 5 RBI, SB

Shewmake was a Braves prospect in the news seemingly every day during camp as he and Vaughn Grissom battled it out for the big league starting shortstop job. I’m sure the competition was great for both players, but unfortunately for them the Braves wound up choosing neither as the more seasoned Orlando Arcia ultimately won the prize. However, Braves Country should feel good about how well Shewmake was hitting the ball in Spring Training during his 35 PA sample, including his six-game hitting streak at the beginning of March in which the 25-year-old went 6 for 15 (.400 AVG) with a pair of doubles and three RBI during that stretch (March 1-13).

#7. Spencer Schwellenbach, RHP

Did not play

#8. Darius Vines, RHP

2 appearances, 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 K / 0 BB

Vines was protected from the Rule 5 Draft this past November as he’s coming off a big year in the minors in 2022 in which he posted a 3.77 ERA across 140.2 total innings with both Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. The 24-year-old didn’t get much of a look in camp this spring, only making a pair of relief appearances. But Vines was strong in both games as he struck out three in one scoreless frame against Boston on Feb. 25 and then followed up with two shutout innings against New York (Mets) on March 2. He should fit in nicely with that what should be an absolutely loaded Gwinnett starting rotation in 2023.

#9. Ambioris Tavarez, SS

Did not play

#10. Dylan Dodd, LHP

3 starts, 18 IP, 2.00 ERA, 20 K / 4 BB

Only flame-thrower Spencer Strider tallied more strikeouts than Dodd for the Braves during Spring Training, as the 24-year-old prospect generated quite the hype this spring. As mentioned above, thanks to his incredible performance in camp, Dodd will open the regular season in Atlanta’s starting rotation – a much deserved opportunity for a kid who pitched at three different minor league levels in 2022 (A+, AA, AAA). It’s been a fun storyline to follow so far, so hopefully Dodd can continue the great work when the games matter in April. The southpaw is coming off a strong outing from back on March 24 against Boston, when he struck out a Spring Training-high five batters in five innings of work (although he did allow three earned runs from eight hits).

#11. Victor Vodnik, RHP

5 appearances, 4.2 IP, 15.43 ERA, 6 K / BB

It wasn’t a great spring camp for Vodnik, as the 23-year-old got knocked around a bit, including a March 3 appearance versus Houston in which he allowed four earned runs from four hits in just one inning of work. The righty prospect has dealt with injuries seemingly his entire pro career, so hopefully a full, healthy season in 2023 will get him back on track. Vodnik should be a main relief arm in Gwinnett this season, with a likelihood of contributing for the Braves at some point.

#12. Adam Maier, RHP

Did not play

#13. Cal Conley, SS

10 G, .063 AVG, .188 OPS, 1 XBH

Conley put together a strong 2022 campaign, hitting .251 with 16 homers, 7 triples and 36 stolen bases in 119 games with both Augusta and High-A Rome, followed up by a nice performance in the Arizona Fall League, in which he slashed .267/.376/.465 with 10 XBH and 13 stolen bases in 23 games. However, Spring Training as you can see was a different story, as Conley started camp hitless in his first six at-bats with the Braves, before finishing up 0 for 10 in his final seven exhibition games. This is still a toolsy infielder and a kid to definitely pay attention too, but perhaps the 23-year-old is a bit further away than we thought. Regardless, he’ll get a chance to show his skills in the upper-minors in 2023, as a Double-A assignment should be looming.

#14. Jesse Franklin V, OF

Tommy John surgery this past summer ruined Franklin’s 2022 season, allowing him only 15 games in Mississippi, and the prospect outfielder was nowhere to be found at camp this spring. Hopefully some positive news regarding his rehab will come soon.

#15. Ignacio Alvarez, INF

6 G, .364 AVG, 1.000 OPS, 3 XBH, RBI

The fifth-round pick from last summer’s draft earned himself a spring invite this year, and he hit well in just an 11 AB sample. Alvarez finished up his Spring Training nicely as well, going 1 for 2 with a two-bagger in Tuesday’s spring finale against Boston, giving him a 1.000 OPS. He had time to only play in 30 games last season, tallying 15 apiece at both the FCL club and Augusta, but the results have been strong so far as the 19-year-old hit .287 with six XBH and eight stolen bases during that stretch. Tavarez should get an assignment in Single-A to start 2023.

#16. Luis Guanipa, OF

Did not play

#17. Brandol Mezquita, OF

1 G, 0 for 1, K

I really would’ve liked to of see more of Mezquita this spring, but just one AB was all the 21-year-old got this time around, after hitting well in Augusta in 2022 (.281 AVG / 87 G). The prospect outfielder struggled once promoted to Rome last year (his first in full-season ball), so it’s likely Mezquita will be given another run in High-A to begin 2023.

#18. Diego Benitez, SS

Did not play

#19. Geraldo Quintero, INF

5 G, 0 for 4, R

Quintero didn’t get many chances in camp this spring, but don’t let that take anything away from his big season last year. In 2022, his first taste of full-season ball, the Venezuelan did it all in Augusta, hitting for a decent average (.262), stealing bases (26 SB) and displaying some pop (6 HR / 9 3B / 22 2B) in 91 games, earning a promotion to Rome. In High-A he cooled a bit, hitting just .238 in a 22-game sample, but he proved that he’s yet another Braves prospect infielder to pay attention to.

#20. Seth Keller, RHP

Did not play

#21. Roddery Munoz, RHP

2 appearances, 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K / 1 BB

Munoz was another prospect that was protected from the Rule 5 Draft last November, after generating some hype with a filthy upper-90s MPH fastball. As such a raw pitcher still, his stock dropped a good bit as the 2022 season progressed, as did his stats, but Atlanta brought him to camp nonetheless as he ended last year with a 5.56 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per nine in 22 starts between both Rome and Mississippi. The 22-year-old didn’t start any games in Spring Training, but he did appear out of the bullpen in a pair of contests, tossing an inning of scoreless ball in each on Feb. 26 and March 1.

#22. Blake Burkhalter, RHP

1 game, 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 K / 1 BB

Last summer’s second-round pick out of Auburn got his first taste of big league camp this spring, pitching in one game for the Braves. Burkhalter, 22-years-old, will likely begin 2023 either with Augusta or Rome, where his upper-90s MPH fastball and dominant cutter should give lower-minors hitters fits.

#23. Drake Baldwin, C

9 G, .100 AVG, .408 OPS, R, 3 BB

Third-round pick from 2022’s draft, Baldwin, didn’t have much luck in camp this spring, failing to record an XBH in nine games worth of work. However, the bar is rather low on offense for catchers, as Baldwin’s stock will be more dependent on how he’s able to handle the Braves minor league pitchers. Not a lot is known at this point about Baldwin, but last season he hit .258 with five doubles in 24 games between the FCL team and Augusta.

#24. David McCabe, 3B/1B

Did not play

#25. Douglas Glod, OF

1 game, 0 for 1, K

One of the Braves top two signings from the recent international free agent class, Glod went to camp this spring and even earned an AB. The 18-year-old played all last season with the DSL team, logging a .202 AVG with 10 XBH in 32 games, and it’s believed he’ll likely make his way to full-season ball at some point in 2023, with an FCL assignment to start the campaign.

#26. Alan Rangel, RHP

3 appearances, 2.1 IP, 11.57 ERA, 3 K / 2 BB

After reaching the Triple-A level for the first time in his pro career in 2022, the 25-year-old Rangel made a few relief appearances in Spring Training this time around, though the results weren’t the best. The righty last pitched all the way back on March 5 versus the Yankees, allowing three runs in an outing he only managed to record one out in, so perhaps he’s had plenty of time to work on a few things off the main field. Rangel has been an interesting prospect in the Braves system for several years now, and set to turn 26 this August, it’s imperative he puts up some strong numbers in 2023 if he wants to remain looked at as a starting pitcher.

#27. Adam Shoemaker, LHP

Did not play

#28. Tanner Gordon, RHP

Did not play

#29. Tyler Tolve, C

2 G, .333 AVG, .933 OPS, RBI, SB

Tolve was great in his first pro season in 2022, slashing .287/.340/.437 with 7 XBH in 94 games combined between the FCL club, Augusta and Rome. That’s some impressive contact for a catcher, and as a 17th-round pick from a small college, the 22-year-old is in a pretty good position within the Braves system. Tolve earned a few at-bats early in camp this spring, but what’ll matter most is what he’s able to do in Year 2. The kid logged 75 games in High-A Rome in 2022, so Mississippi is definitely in the cards for 2023.

#30. Luis De Avila, LHP

1 appearance, 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K / 1 BB

De Avila made an appearance out of the Braves bullpen this past Monday against Boston, throwing 13 of 18 pitches for a strike in a solid showing for the 21-year-old. Last season was his first in the Braves system, coming over from the Royals organization in December of 2021, and boy did he garner some attention, tossing a no-hitter for Rome on July 2 (Rome’s first no-no since 2005). All in all, De Avila was a consistent weapon in High-A in 2022, amassing 126.1 innings from 24 starts and totaling 129 strikeouts to go with a solid 3.49 ERA. We’ll see what he can do in Double-A in 2023.