The Atlanta Braves will lose several prospects

The National League team was punished due to irregularities from their 2016 international signings

Kevin Maitán

Kevin Maitán | AP

The Braves received a very harsh penalty on Tuesday.

Atlanta will lose several of the prospects it signed during the international signing period for 2016, according to information from Ben Badler of Baseball America.

This after MLB found irregularities in the organization's international signings that led to the departure of several key front-office members of the team.

Several players have been informed that they will enter the free agency again, although they will keep the bonus with which they were signed by Braves.

One of them is Atlanta's # 5 prospect Kevin Maitan team.

The Venezuelan shortstop reached an agreement for 4.25 million dollars last year and will now be one of the players most wanted by other organizations.

Another top prospect, #30 on the teams farm system, the catcher Abrahan Gutierrez will also be released after being signed for $3.53 million dollars.

Two other pieces that were released were second baseman Yunior Severino who signed for $1.9 million dollars and right-handed pitcher Juan Contreras who agreed for $1.2 million dollars.

It is expected that those players will not be able to sign large deals, like before, but instead will be limited on the signing bonus they can receive this time around.

Maitán will most likely be the player most sought after in this group and would probably slot as the #1 prospect on many Big League teams, since the Braves are or were the best farm system in all of baseball.

Teams that lose out on Shohei Ohtani will surely go all in on the Venezuelan.