Third baseman Rio Ruiz, one of four prospects gained from Houston in the Evan Gattis trade, and speedy outfielder Mallex Smith, part of the prospect trio that came from San Diego in the Justin Upton trade, will have a chance to show Braves officials what they can do when spring training begins in a few weeks at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law rated Ruiz as the Braves’ fifth-best prospect and placed him at No. 93 in his list of baseball’s top 100 prospects. Smith, rated the Braves’ No. 18 prospect by Baseball America, hit .301 with a .403 OBP, 41 extra-base hits (five homers) and a minors-leading 88 steals in 120 games in Single-A.