Oh, by the way. There was one more part of that Trevor Cahill trade from last week. It was completed on Monday when the Braves announced they had sent minor league outfielder Victor Reyes to Arizona for a competitive balance draft pick – number 75 overall in this June’s draft.
Reyes was rated as Atlanta’s 22nd best prospect by Baseball America, but that list did not include many of the prospects acquired in the winter trades. Reyes would have not been included in any updated list of top 30 prospects.
The 20-year-old outfielder is a switch-hitter. He hit .259 last season in Rome in Low-A, but Reyes did not have a home run in 332 at bats. Reyes had 34 RBI and stole 12 bases. He was expected to play in High-A Carolina this season for the Braves before the trade.
With the additional pick at 75, the Braves will now have six picks in the first 89 picks in this June’s draft. Atlanta’s first rounder is at 14, while they get a compensation pick at 28 for losing pitcher Ervin Santana to the Twins. The Braves acquired the 41st overall pick Sunday in the deal with the Padres. Their second round pick is number 54. Then after pick 75, the Braves’ third rounder is 89.
By comparison, the Braves had only three picks in the first 102 selections last year in the draft. This will be the most picks for the Braves in the first 100 picks since they had seven of the top 100 picks in the 2006 draft.
With Roy Clark back with the organization as an assistant to John Hart, it will be interesting to see how he and new scouting director Brian Bridges will approach this draft. This will be the most draft picks in the Top 100 for the Braves since the 2006 draft when they had seven picks in the Top 100.
Clark was very good when he was scouting director of using picks wisely. In eight of Clark’s first nine drafts, the Braves had at least four picks in the Top 100. Contrast that to the five years Clark was gone, between 2010 and 2014, the Braves had more than two picks in the Top 100 only one (when they had three in the Top 100 in 2010).
So with more picks, the Braves are going to really try to add more talent to an improving farm system. By acquiring these two competitive balance picks, it shows their commitment to rebuilding this organization through the draft and with young talent.
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