Braves Sign C. J. Bressoud

Bill Shanks reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed their 26th round draft pick, catcher C.J. Bressoud to a 2004 contract. Bressoud, a Georgia Native out of North Cobb High will report to the Instructional League in Orlando.

The Atlanta Braves have signed catcher C. J. Bressoud, the team's 26th round draft choice in the June 2003 draft, to a 2004 contract. He will report to the Rome Braves to work out and then on to the Instructional League in Orlando.

Bressoud played at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He's 6 foot 2, 185 pounds. Bressoud hit .440 his senior season. Defensively, he didn't allow a baserunner to steal on him the entire season nor did he allow a passed ball. C.J. was named the Player-of-the-Year by the Atlanta Constitution and also the Gatorade Player-of-the-Year for 2003 in Georgia. C.J. recently played on the Junior Olympic League and hit .415.

C.J. was a highly rated prospect entering the June 2003 draft. Baseball America rated C.J. as: - A potential 2nd-5th round draft choice
- 161st best player in the Country
- 12th best catcher in Country (Saltalammachia was 2nd)
- 8th best player in Georgia

C.J. is the nephew of Ed Bressoud, who played in the majors for 12 seasons with the Giants, Red Sox, Mets, and Cardinals. He was an all star in 1964.

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