Draft Update: Bakker, Vines Remain Unsigned

Two major draftees LHP's Chris Vines and Kyle Bakker remained unsigned. Bill Shanks has the latest and reports from both fronts. (This is a preview of premium content avaliable on BravesCenter.Com)

The Braves have been told that Keith Weiser, a LHP from Ohio, will not sign and go to college. The Braves believed he was 5th round talent that slipped to the 18th ronud in the draft due to signability.

Also, Louisville outfielder Mark Jurich, the 13th round pick, is going back for his senior season. He has an injury that would have precluded him from playing for a while this summer. The Braves will control his rights as a draft and follow since he is a 5th year senior.

There are two MAJOR players still on the board who are unsigned: Chris Vines, LHP out of Pelham, Alabama who was our fifth round pick, and Georgia Tech LHP Kyle Bakker, who was our 20th round selection.

Vines sounds like a very special pitcher. BravesCenter.com had the pleasure to speak with his father, Barry Vines, and his high school coach, former big league catcher Mike O'Berry.

Chris was 9-3 as a senior with an ERA of 0.90. He had only six walks and 97 strikeouts in 78 innings of work. His fastball has improved from the 82-83 range to the 89-91 range as a senior.

"People just don't take good swings off of him," according to O'Berry. "His fastball has a lot of movement on it. It will increase a little more with more instruction. Chris has a great change up, and his curve is good but just needs some consistency."

O'Berry says that Vines has good makeup. "When he pitches, he's an entirely different person," O'Berry explains. "He just doesn't like to fail, so he focuses on winning. He's got a little growing up to do, but he's going to be fine."

Chris father, Barry Vines, was very excited the Braves selected his son in the draft. "It's wonderful," he said.

Let's hope the Braves and the Vines family can come to an agreement soon and have Chris in the Braves family.

20th round pick Kyle Bakker is in Nebraska preparing for his wedding later this month. He has an offer on the table from the Braves and is considering it strongly.

Kyle was expected to be a top 10 selection in the draft but fell due to a mediocre junior season and signability questions. He told us the day after the draft that he "loved the Braves organization. It would be a great fit."

Bakker also said he was looking for an offer that was "Fair. Nothing out of this world."

Kyle would be a great addition to the Braves family. He even admitted that he needed some help with his mechanics, and I can't think of a better organization to help him than the Braves.

The Braves draft was very successful. We've added a number of very talented pitchers, most of whom are already signed and in Orlando. Adding Vines and Bakker to our signees list would make this a very special draft.

Come on Chris and Kyle: JOIN OUR BRAVES FAMILY!

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