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Brave’s top prospect is emerging as a potential budding star

Due to trades and degrees, the Braves farm system hasn’t been highly regarded for a while, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing young stars year after year. This season, everyone expects AJ Smith-Shawver and Hurston Waldrep to eventually make some impact, while several other players will also get a chance.

However, the top end of the agricultural system is not the problem. It’s the lower tiers that will need to be restocked if the Braves want to avoid any kind of rebuild in the future. There aren’t many names that stand out, but one that is starting to stand out is Owen Murphy.

Through his first two starts in High-A Rome, Murphy allowed just one run with 16 strikeouts in 12 innings. On Friday night, the 2022 first-round pick hit the rubber for the third time this season and delivered perhaps his most impressive performance yet. Murphy did allow a pair of runs on a homer, but he gave up just two hits in five innings and struck out 11. He now has 27 strikeouts on the young season, tying him for the minor league lead with Paul Skenes.

Murphy, who is still just 20 years old, is striking out more than 40% of the batters he faces with a 1.59 ERA and 1.96 FIP in 17 innings.

It’s early, but those kinds of numbers are hard to dispute. Murphy has clearly taken the next step in his development and is now a prospect every Braves fan should keep an eye on. We’ve seen how quickly the Braves have promoted their talented prospects through the system in the past. It may not be long before Owen Murphy finds himself in AA Mississippi where the competition is really starting to heat up and we’ll find out just how far ahead he is.

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