Cal catcher Brett Cumberland ends the first day of the MLB Draft by being taken No. 76 by the Atlanta Braves

Cal switch-hitting catcher Brett Cumberland has been drafted in the second round of the MLB Draft, 76th overall by the Atlanta Braves.

California catcher Brett Cumberland has been drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, 76th overall by the Atlanta Braves.

Cumberland was the second Cal player taken in the draft, after junior righty Daulton Jefferies was taken No. 37 overall by the Oakland Athletics.

The first two rounds, and compensatory picks, were selected Thursday with rounds three through 10 slated for Friday. The draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11 through 40. Live coverage of all three days is available at

Cumberland was the Pac-12 Player of the Year this season, hitting .344 with a conference-leading 16 home runs and 51 RBIs, but slumped towards the latter half of the season. He hit .400 through the first 31 games, but then went 14-for-53 (.264) through the finish line.

That said, he slugged .678 this year, and hit 16 home runs (11 left-handed) in a ballpark that's notoriously difficult to hit in for power, as a left-handed hitter. Cumberland was named a third-team All-American and a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and the Golden Spikes Award. Cumberland finished sixth in the Pac-12 in batting average and first in home runs, and fifth in walks, with 38. With 10 HBPs, he was second in on-base percentage (.480).

His future may not be behind the plate, although he has shown some ability with his arm. He doesn't catch with a lot of energy, and is probably at the same place now as Andrew Knapp was as a junior, defensively, though Knapp was longer and more athletic.

While his speed tool is what you'd expect for a catcher, he did go 5-for-5 on stolen bases. Some of those were on missed hit-and-runs, but he does have a good eye for timing motions out of the stretch, and good timing on the base paths. He won't run into any outs, which is about the best you can expect from a player of his profile.

The best comp for Cumberland is probably Knapp, although Knapp is, again, more athletic with a higher ceiling, defensively. Cumberland has more raw power, but needs to develop on the right side. As a lefty this season, Cumberland hit .410 (41-for-100) with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. As a right-handed hitter, he was 21-for-80 (.263) with five home runs and 18 RBIs. Top Stories