Atlanta Braves Top 30 Prospects: 15-11

William Beckwith has a considerable ceiling

It's that time of the year when we take stock of the Atlanta Braves organization and analyze the top prospects. For the next few weeks, we will profile our top-30 prospect list in groups of five. Here are those who are ranked in the 11-15 range.

15. 1B, William Beckwith: Listed at 6-foot-2 and a conservative 220 pounds, this left-handed batter has all the makings of a potential big-time slugger. He hit a career-high .291 last season with the low-A Rome Braves with 41 extra-base hits [including 15 home runs] in just 381 at-bats. He is actually quite nimble for a larger man too, swiping 17 bases and showing decent range in the field. The 22-year old could wind up being a pretty special hitter if he continue to track upward.

14. RHP, Cody Martin: The 23-year old former Gonzaga product has been absolutely mowing down batters since his seventh round selection in the 2011 draft, striking out 172 batters in his first 140 2/3 innings over the past two seasons. He has four quality secondary pitches -- that's right, four -- with a plus slider, an above average curveball, and a quality cutter/changeup combination. And he's a strike-thrower with his big league fastball too. Once considered a strong setup type because of his great slider, he has real long-term starting potential because of his array of quality pitches.

13. 2B, Tommy La Stella: This eighth round pick out of Coastal Carolina University in 2011 is a classic over-achieving type, one whose production is far better than his actual physical tools and it's mostly due to his innate ability to hit a baseball. His strike zone discipline is among the best in the game, as is his ability to put the baseball in play. His power is limited, below average right now and perhaps with some more work it could bump up to average. The same goes for his speed. But he doesn't ever get himself out at the plate and he has all the earmarks of a .300-plus hitter who can really deliver in the clutch.

12. RHP, Aaron Northcraft: The tenth round pick back in 2009 always had a very good arm and a wicked moving fastball that he simply could not control. It has taken some time but now the 22-year old has learned to throw more strikes with his 91-93 mph sinking fastball, get ahead in counts a lot more consistently, and throw strikes with his breaking ball and changeup. His ceiling is that of a middle to back-end big league starting pitcher but now that seems like a more likely scenario than ever before. He has the look of a great innings eater type.

11. OF, Matt Lipka: The 2010 first round pick battled hamstring injuries all season long last year and that's why he amassed just 199 at-bats with high-A Lynchburg. It was also his first full year transitioning to centerfield, a position where his great speed is better suited and an area where he could be a difference-maker defensively. He still has to refine his sometimes aggressive approach, but the overall physical tools and great mental makeup are just too good for him not to bounce back. He needs a breakout season but the potential is still very much there to be an impact player on both sides of the ball.

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