Atlanta Braves Announce Signing Six Draft Picks; Add Another UDFA

The Atlanta Braves continue to sign their draft picks from the 2023 draft. The pool of talent continues to grow for a farm system that has been depleted in recent years.
The Atlanta Braves have signed 19 of their 21 selections.
The Atlanta Braves have signed 19 of their 21 selections. / Alika Jenner/GettyImages
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Atlanta Braves 16th Round Pick: Isaac Gallegos

Isaac Gallegos graduated from Grants High School in Albuquerque and attended Trinidad State for two years before moving to the University of New Mexico for his junior year.

In his two years at Trinidad, Gallegos appeared in 31 games, including 13 starts, with a 15-7 record that included five complete games. The 6’3-205 pound right threw 152 innings at a 4.56 ERA. 1.30 WHIP, walking 54, and striking out 218.

In his only season with New Mexico, Gallegos appeared in 12 games – all starts – throwing 70 1/3 innings at a 4.35 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, striking out 60 and walking 32.

Atlanta Braves 18th Round Pick: Cam Magee

In 2018, the Braves drafted a glove-first shortstop from the University of Washington – A.J. Graffanino, who was out of baseball at the end of 2022. Cam Magee is the same kind of player. a glove-first utility man from Washington State whose bat wasn’t as good as Graffanino’s in PAC12 play. I wish Cam luck and hope he succeeds.

Atlanta Braves 19th Round Pick: Riley Frey

Riley Frey is a 6’1-185 pound lefty out of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In his three years with The Panthers, Frey’s appeared in 44 games – 42 starts – posted a 12-21 record, and recorded one save. He pitched to a 4.23 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, striking out 239, walking 99, and throwing 28 wild pitches in his 249 IP.

While I can’t find a publicly available draft report, Perfect Game shows his fastball topping out at 89.5 in 2020. He may have increased velocity since that report, but from a distance with foggy goggles, it appears he’s a “pitchability lefty.”