The Braves made it clear to their scouts. With the third overall pick in the first round, they wanted a certain type of player - either a potential top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher or a potential middle-of-the-order bat.
There were other players that may have gotten more publicity, but when it came to fulfilling that criteria the scouts identified one pitcher - Ian Anderson, a right-handed starting pitcher from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York.
Anderson is 6-3, 170 pounds. He just turned 18 on May 2.
The Braves believe Anderson has the potential to develop into an Adam Wainwright-type pitching prospect. They wanted upside with this pick, and Anderson provides that. The scouts loved Anderson every time they saw him pitch in upstate New York.
Why didn't the Braves draft a hitter? That's a good question, considering the strength of the organization is pitching and the obvious need for more hitters in the future. It's all about upside. The Braves think Anderson can be a top-of-the-rotation starter in the future. They think they will get hitters in this draft, but they wanted a potential star at three. That's why Anderson became a no brainer for the first pick.
MLB.com ranked Anderson as the 13th best prospect in the draft, while Baseball America had Anderson at number 12.
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