Latest Atlanta Braves Draft Rumors and News
TomahawkTake will have live draft coverage tonight as the draft gets underway. This thread is to track rumors as they are leaked today.
Let’s start off with a guess on the #1 overall pick tonight:
That’s an interesting shift which suggests strongly that the Phils have moved off of A.J. Puk of the Florida Gators… and are eschewing the high school pitchers Riley Pint and Jason Groome.
Braxton Garrett is from my general neck-of-the-woods in the Shoals area of North Alabama. He’s a lefty pitcher with excellent upside – ranked 10th at MLB Pipeline and 9th on BaseballAmerica – and a Vanderbilt commit at the moment.
I agree on the “tire-kicking”, but if the nightmare scenario happens for Atlanta – that the Phillies take Mickey Moniac and the Reds take Kyle Lewis – then this pick would be in play. Well, that’s assuming my own nightmare scenario. The Braves may have other ideas.
District on Deck
Joe Frisaro (Marlins beat writer) suggests a strong Marlins link to Garrett for tonight. He also tweets that Garrett is the “real deal“.
Ian Anderson is a name that’s being floated a lot – Ben has mentioned him fondly as well… but up until recently, that had been for their second pick. He’s another Vanderbilt signee if he doesn’t get a decent draft offer.
Ian is a RHP from Shenendehowa HS in New York who is gaining a bit of ‘helium’ as we get closer to the draft. Whether the Braves go underslot at #3 or not, they may try for Anderson with their #40 pick. Unfortunately, he’s definitely on the radar – MLB Pipeline has him at #13; BaseballAmerica #11.
Baseball America comments on Kyle Lewis. In a raw Q&A video, BA’s John Manuel and Hudson Belinsky discuss Kyle Lewis. They are concerned about the ‘moving parts’ in Lewis’ swing. Calls him a significant risk for a college bat. Comments than both he and Corey Ray are more raw than you’d typically want for a college bat.
Also comments about Nick Senzel being a “no doubt” safe pick with higher upside.
All that said, BA still ranked Lewis above Senzel in their last draft prospects chart, with Ray immediately behind both at 4-5-6.
UPDATE: LEWIS MAY BE OUT
This is being confirmed by Tommy Stokke (FanRag Sports): Braves OUT on Kyle Lewis.
Ian Anderson Bombshell
Beep, beep – back the truck up: that came outta nowhere! Burkhart is with MLB Pipeline and Fangraphs, so this isn’t to be taken lightly.
This suggests VERY strongly to me that Atlanta would go after bats LATER in the draft… and possibly multiple bats.
MLB.com’s last mock
Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo both are predicting the following:
- Phillies: Mickey Moniak
- Reds: Nick Senzel
- Braves: Corey Ray
- Rockies: A.J. Puk
- Brewers: Zack Collins (Mayo: or Blake Rutherford)
- A’s: Kyle Lewis
- Marlins: Braxton Garrett
- Padres: Jason Groome
- Tigers: Riley Pint
Well, maybe it is possible for a kid to scare off 29 teams. That could be unbelievable. I mean, it’s pitchers again, but Groome is freaking ranked 1st or 3rd on the MLB/BA boards!
That would be nice… except that Grier may not be the bat you’re looking for. Auburn University product with a middling 40 grade power tool. His game is fielding (60) and running (60). This tweet doesn’t really pass the smell test with me.
Latest Latest Mock from BaseballAmerica (4pm EDT)
- Phils: Moniak
- Reds: Senzel
- Braves: Kyle Lewis
- Rockies: Pint
- Brewers: Ray
- A’s: Puk
- Marlins: Garrett
- Padres: Cal Quantrill. Really?
BA is completely ignoring the reports from earlier today that Atlanta is ‘out’ on Lewis. Maybe that was disinformation. Maybe that was a smokescreen… whatever. This is their call.
When pressed on that question – in fact, I asked it in J.J Cooper’s chat session just now – here’s the answer:
Brave Knight (Alabama): So you're completely discounting reports from earlier today that the Braves are 'out' on Lewis?
J.J. Cooper: Yes.
BA also is suggesting Ian Anderson with next pick… that will be tougher, though it’s plausible that Atlanta could have access to either Groome or Anderson at pick #40, given the bonus demands of each.
LESS THAN TWO HOURS TO GO.
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