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Wentz and Muller join Anderson as Atlanta's top three picks

The Braves continue to stockpile pitchers in the first day of the draft.

The Braves continued to stockpile pitchers with the selections of left-handed high school pitchers Joey Wentz (40) and Kyle Muller (44) in the first night of the MLB Draft.

Wentz was rated as the 16th best player in the draft by MLB.com and 26th best player by Baseball America. He’s 6-5 and weighs 210 pounds. Wentz is from Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas. Wentz has a fastball in the 89-96 mph range, with a potentially plus curveball and a changeup. He’s committed to play at Virginia.

Wentz fell in the draft due to high financial demands. Some believed he was a potential top 10 pick. MLB.com ranked him as the 16th best prospect. Scout.com ranked Wentz as the 18th best prospect. And Baseball America had Wentz as the 26th best prospect in the draft.

Muller was rated as the 24th best player in the draft by MLB.com and 25th best player by Baseball America. He’s 6-5 and weighs 230 pounds. Muller is from Jesuit College Prep High School in Texas. He struck out 24 consecutive batters over two starts.

Muller was ranked 24th by MLB.com, 25th by Baseball America and 49th by Scout.com.

With Ian Anderson, who was taken with the third overall pick in the first round, the Braves have three high school pitchers who were all projected to be first round picks.

With the 76th pick in the draft, acquired a few weeks ago in a deal with the Orioles, the Braves picked Brett Cumberland, a catcher from California. Cumberland is a hitter, with great skills from both sides of the plate. There have been some Kyle Schwarber comparisons with Cumberland, as some wonder if Cumberland can remain behind the plate.

Cumberland was ranked 69th by MLB.com, 73rd by Scout.com and 90th by Baseball America.

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