MLB.com released an early-season update of its "MLB Pipeline" prospects rankings this week and rated Riley as the Braves' No. 4 prospect. You might rightly wonder: Who's ahead of him? Pipeline ranked Cristian Pache, the Double-A Mississippi Braves' 20-year-old center fielder, as the organization's No. 1 prospect, followed by pitchers Kyle Wright and Ian Anderson at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. But for the moment, most of the buzz is deservedly about Riley.
TODAY’S LEADOFF LINKS
> Zion Williamson to New Orleans makes the Hawks' luckless lottery even worse, Mark Bradley writes.
> The Hawks will have two top-10 draft picks. Not bad, but not what could have been, Chris Vivlamore writes.
> Bad lottery luck shouldn't be a bummer for the Hawks, Michael Cunningham writes.
> Since returning from the injured list, Foltynewicz hasn't been close to replicating his All-Star form of 2018, Burns reports.