EXCLUSIVE: Braves sign 24 draft picks

Bill Shanks has the list of players signed so far by the Braves.

The Braves have signed 24 of the players taken in last week's draft. Here is a list of the signees and some information about the players:

3 - 115 - KYLE KUBITZA - 3B - Texas State University - B:L - T:R - 6-3, 190
Hit .310 (70-226) with 10 home runs, 12 doubles, seven triples, 66 RBI and 59 runs scored, with 16 stolen bases and a conference-high 54 walks. Selected to the Austin Regional All-Tournament Team and All-Southland Conference First Team. Was second in the conference in RBI and tied for second with seven triples.

4 - 146 - J.R. GRAHAM - RHP - Santa Clara University - B:R - T:R - 6-0, 185
Had a 3-5 record in 23 appearances (five starts) with a 3.34 ERA. He allowed 23 earned runs in 62 innings pitched with only nine walks and 45 strikeouts. Made his first career start on April 10 vs. Loyola Marymount, and then six days later he pitched seven shutout innings against St. Mary's.

5 - 176 - NICK DESANTIAGO - C - Blinn Junior College in Texas - B:L - T:R - 5-11, 215
Played in 40 games for Blinn in 2011 and hit .313 (36-115) with three home runs, 19 RBI, 31 runs scored and four doubles. Actually played his freshman 2010 season at Texas. Drafted by the Nationals in the 33rd in 2009 but did not sign.

7 - 236 - Cody Martin - RHP - Gonzaga - B:R - T:R - 6-2, 210
Finished the 2011 season 2-1 with 12 saves (led West Coast Conference) and a 0.86 ERA, which was best in the nation among qualifying pitchers. Named first team All-WCC. Father, Charles, played in the Braves system. Drafted by the Twins in the 20th round of the 2010 draft.

8 - 266 - TOMMY LA STELLA - 2B - Coastal Carolina - B:L - T:R - 5-10, 190
Hit .398 (92-231) with 15 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 70 RBI and 59 runs scored. Led the Big South in hits, runs scored, home runs, RBI and was second in batting average. 2011 Big South Player of the Year and semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as national player of the year.

9 - 296 - CHASE LARSSON - LF - Cameron University in Oklahoma - B:L - T:L - 6-3, 220
Named the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year and the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year after hitting .432 (82-190) with 13 doubles, four triples, 29 home runs, 84 RBI and 74 runs scored. Led NCAA Division II in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.000) and total bases (190). Hit a home run in nine consecutive games, which set a NCAA Division II record.

12 - 386 - MATT CHAFFEE - LHP - University of Arizona - B:L - T:L - 6-1, 190
All 36 appearances for the Wildcats were out of the bullpen, which led the team. Was 6-3 with a 4.85 ERA, seven saves, 23 earned runs in 42.2 innings, 21 walks and 59 strikeouts. In 18 conference games in the Pac-10, he had six saves, with 25 strikeouts and nine walks in 18.2 innings pitched.

13 - 416 - TONY MUELLER - CF - Winona State Univ. in Minnesota - B:R - T:R - 6-0, 189
Ended his career second in school history with 228 hits in three seasons. Two-time All-Region and All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection. Hit .394 (84-213) with seven doubles, six triples, one home run, 33 RBI and 48 runs scored. Also went 6-3 with three saves in 15 games (11 starts) on the mound.

15 - 476 - JOHN CORNELY - RHP - Wofford College - B:R - T:R - 6-1, 195
Was 2-1 on the second with a team-leading 1.85 ERA in 23 appearances and nine saves, which was a school record and fourth in the Southern Conference.

16 - 506 - GUS SCHLOSSER - RHP - Florida Southern College - B:R - T:R - 6-4, 215
Top starter for the Moccasins as he had a 2-1 record and a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts. Led the staff with 96.1 innings pitched. Allowed 31 earned runs and struck out 82. Named to the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove South Region Team.

18 - 566 - Greg Ross - RHP - Frostburg State Univ. in Maryland - B:R - T:R - 6-3, 200
Was 11-2 with a 1.49 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) and was the ABCA Mid-Atlantic Pitcher of the Year and was the player of the year in his conference. Led the Capital Athletic Conference in strikeouts with 112 in 90.2 innings.

19 - 596 - Troy SNITKER - C - North Georgia College - B:R - T:R - 6-2, 215
Son of Atlanta third base coach Brian Snitker. Second-Team Peach Belt All-Conference. Hit .340 (68-200) with 12 doubles, six home runs, 44 RBI and 43 runs scored. Threw out 25 base runners and picked off 11 more. Started all 54 games for the Saints and had a .986 fielding percentage.

21 - 656 - JARETT MILLER - RHP - UNC Greensboro - B:R - T:R - 6-1, 195
Was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA and two saves in 28 games (four starts) for the Spartans. Walked 38 and struck out 66. Transferred to UNCG from the University of South Carolina-Lancaster prior to his junior season.

23 - 716 - SAM MUNSON - RF - Tennessee Wesleyan College - B:R - T:R - 6-2, 215
Hit .354 (63-178) with eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 31 RBI. Named to the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference first team and Gold Glove team. Transferred to Tennessee Wesleyan from Walters State Community College in Tennessee.

25 - 766 - WILL SKINNER - CF - Middle Tennessee St. Univ. - B:R - T:R - 6-0, 210
Hit .341 (75-220) and led the team in home runs (16), doubles (17) and RBI (51). Led the Sun Belt Conference in home runs with 16 and in slugging percentage (.655). Transferred from Walters State Community College after his sophomore season.

26 - 806 - KIRK WALKER - SS - Oklahoma City Univ. - B:R - T:R - 6-1, 170
Was the NAIA and SAC Player of the Year, first-team All-American as a senior. Hit .423 (99-234) with 24 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 72 RBI and 71 runs scored.

27 - 836 - CHARLIE ROBERTSON - RHP - Fresno State - B:R - T:R - 6-5, 210
Had 12 saves to lead the team, with a 3.51 ERA in 24 relief appearances. Brother played in the Twins farm system. Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 29th round out of high school in the 2008 draft

28 - 866 - MATT TALLEY - LHP - The Citadel - B:L - T:L - 6-6, 230
Was the preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year - Had 21 career wins. Selected by the Diamondbacks in the 25th round of the 2010 draft.

29 - 896 - CHAD COMER - C - Univ. of Texas - Arlington - B:R - T:R - 6-2, 220
Four-year starter who hit .296 with 12 doubles, one triple and one home run in 55 starts - Three-time All-Southland Conference selection

33 - 1016 - NICK POPESCU - 2B - Texas Tech University - B:S - T:R - 5-10, 185
Hit .299 (52-174) with 10 doubles, one triple, one home run, 32 RBI and 27 runs scored. Made 24 starts at second base and 11 start in left field. Played at Bradley in 2008 and then Howard Junior College in 2009.

34 - 1046 - CHRIS BULLARD - LF - Western Kentucky University - B:L - T:R - 6-0, 230
Played in 47 games in two seasons and hit .229 (16-70) with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 18 RBI and nine runs scored in 28 games (20 starts). Played in 45 games over four years for the Western Kentucky football team as a linebacker. Originally from Catula, Georgia and played at Harris County.

35 - 1076 - MICHAEL HASHEM - LHP - Fisher College in Massachusetts - B:L - T:L - 6-1, 240
First even player from Fisher College to be drafted. Was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 13 games for the Falcons, with 67 strikeouts and 23 walks in 63.3 innings pitcher.

36 - 1106 - GARDNER ADAMS - RHP - Asbury College in Kentucky - B:R - T:R - 5-9, 170
Was 10-4 with one save and a 3.70 ERA in 18 games (14 starts), struck out 92 in 65.2 innings. Named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and was an all-conference selection.

37 - 1136 - RYNE HARPER - RHP - Austin Peay Univ. - B:R - T:R - 6-4, 220
Had a 6-2 record with eight saves and a 4.62 ERA. Struck out 59 in 48.2 innings

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The Braves signed nine right-handed pitchers, three left-handed pitchers, three catchers, one second baseman, one shortstop, two third basemen and five outfielders.


Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, GA and WCOH Fox Sports 1400 in Newnan, GA. Shanks is a columnist for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at thebillshanksshow@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.


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