Braves secure third pick of 2016 draft

The Braves' 2015 season is over. Now we know where they'll be picking in the first round of the draft. Could Florida pitcher A.J. Puk be a target?

The Braves finished the 2015 season with a 67-95 record. It’s their worst season since 1990, when they had the same record. Atlanta was 10-5 in the last 15 games of the season.

With the bad record, the Braves will have the third pick in the 2016 amateur draft. It will be the highest pick since 1991, when they had the second pick in the draft after that bad 1990 season. Arizona State outfielder Mike Kelly was the selection with that pick.

This will be the highest first round pick the Braves will have since the 2009 draft when Vanderbilt pitcher Mike Minor was taken with the seventh overall pick.

Here is the draft order, which is also in effect for the Rule V draft at the winter meetings and for the waiver wire process.

1. Philadelphia (63-99)
2. Cincinnati (64-98) – 1 GB
3. Atlanta (67-95) – 4 GB
4. Oakland (68-94) – 5 GB
4. Milwaukee (68-94) – 5 GB
4. Colorado (68-94) – 5 GB
7. Miami (71-91) – 8 GB
8. San Diego (74-88) – 11 GB
9. Detroit (74-87) – 11.5 GB
10. Seattle (76-86) – 13 GB
10. Chicago WS (76-86) – 13 GB

The Reds lost 14 of their last 15 games to secure the number two pick in the draft.

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