Braves set to draft 14th and 28th

The Braves now know when they will draft in the first round of this June's draft.

With the San Diego Padres signing James Shields, they relinquish their first round draft choice in the amateur draft. Shields is the last free agent that could impact the loss of a draft choice, which means we now know the order of the first round.

Atlanta will select 14th in the first round and then 28th at the end of the opening round. The 28th pick is a compensatory pick for losing starting pitcher Ervin Santana to the Twins.

This will be the highest pick for the Braves since the 2009 draft when Mike Minor was taken seventh in the first round out of Vanderbilt.

With Brian Bridges as the new scouting director and former scouting director Roy Clark back in the organization, many analysts will be watching this draft to see how the Braves continue to rebuild the farm system.

Jonathan Mayo of reported the spending amounts for all teams in the draft. Atlanta will have the fifth-highest amount at $8.4 million for the first 10 rounds. The 14th pick can earn up to $2.855 million, while the 28th pick could get up to $1.98 million.

Since the farm system is needing a repair, even after the addition of many players with the offseason trades, the Braves could decide to go heavy with high school players, as Clark did in his first draft in 2000 when the first nine picks were high schoolers.

The draft begins June 8.

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