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Atlanta Braves 2018 MLB Draft recap

Atlanta Braves MLB Draft

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made quite a pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Six talented players have been chosen to join the Braves family.

During the first round, the Atlanta Braves chose right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart. The senior from Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida, has a mid-90s fastball, but popularity rises because of his high-spin curveball rates.

Atlanta Braves MLB Draft
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The Braves also selected Greyson Jenista with the 49th pick. Last summer, Jenista earned MVP honors by hitting with a wood bat in the Cape Cod league. Last summer, he had a 310/.391/.401 slash line.

On Day 2 of the draft, Tristan Beck became the Braves fourth-round pick, No. 112 overall. This is not Beck’s first MLB Draft. He was chosen by the Brewers and the Yankees in previous years. From Stanford University, he threw 90.2 innings over 15 starts, Beck is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA, 73 strikeouts, 31 walks and 79 hits allowed.

In the fifth round, the Braves chose Trey Riley. The 20-year-old out of John A. Logan College brings some heat on his fastball with speeds around 93-95 and peaks at 97.

The Braves also snagged Andrew Moritz in the sixth round. At UNC Greensboro, Moritz ranked second in the nation with a .428 batting average and struck out 70 times in his three years there. Fans are expecting his speed will turn singles into doubles and some doubles into triples.

The Braves have chosen players with gas. Each has the ability to hit and pitch in unique ways that will lead to more wins for the team. Other top prospects chosen by the Braves include Brooks Wilson, AJ Graffanino, Ryan Shetter and Brett Langhorne.


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