Drew Waters
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was known before the 2017 draft and heading into last season that Waters had the potential to be a plus runner with plus raw power, but his ability to hit for a high average was a complete unknown. That aspect of his game is still a bit of an unknown, as he has not yet faced upper-level pitching, but after hitting .293 with a manageable 21.1 K% across stops at Low-A and High-A, he looks much more likely to be a five-category contributor in time. A switch hitter, Waters was much more effective against righties last season (.883 OPS as LHB, .657 OPS as RHB), although those splits flipped in a tiny sample in 2017. He walked just 29 times in 498 PA (5.8 BB%), operating with an aggressive approach early in the count. While he can survive with his current approach, increased selectivity would up his ceiling, especially as he faces more advanced pitching. Waters can handle all three outfield spots, has 20/20 potential and could reach the majors in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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Big debut for Gwinnett
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 7, 2019
Waters went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
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The 20-year-old made a splashy International League debut after posting a .319/.366/.481 slash line in 108 games to earn a promotion from Double-A Mississippi. Waters is far from a finished product -- he had a 26.7 percent strikeout rate in the Southern League, and he hasn't homered since June 15 -- but if he impresses at the top level of the minors, he'll position himself for a potential big-league debut in 2020.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A switch-hitter who should remain so as he moves up the ladder, Waters is a toolshed who is one of the top-15 prep position players from the 2017 draft class. The Braves were able to keep the Georgia product in state with a $1.5 million signing bonus after selecting him with the 41st overall pick. He does damage from both sides of the plate, thanks to plus bat speed that should allow him to eventually tap into 25-plus homer power as he grows into his 6-foot-2, 183-pound frame. Waters is a plus runner, but it remains to be seen how long he holds that speed. After dominating in a brief run in the Gulf Coast League (189 wRC+, .224 ISO), Waters received a promotion to the Appalachian League, where pitchers were able to routinely exploit him with breaking balls (35.5 percent strikeout rate). Improving his pitch recognition will be crucial in order for him to hit for a high enough average to profile as an everyday player.
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Heads to Triple-A
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 5, 2019
The Braves promoted Waters from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Pacing Southern League in BA
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 5, 2019
Waters went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored for Double-A Mississippi on Thursday.
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Rolling for Mississippi
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
June 6, 2019
Waters went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored for Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday.
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Tearing up Southern League
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
May 8, 2019
Waters went 3-for-5 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI for Double-A Mississippi on Tuesday.
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Three extra-base knocks in win
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
April 22, 2019
Waters went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, a walk, three runs and three RBI on Sunday in Double-A Mississippi's 7-6 win over Montgomery.
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