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Braves' 2016 draftee Joey Wentz may be in Danville soon

The Braves second 1st rounder Joey Wentz continues to do well in rookie ball.

Joey Wentz made his fourth start of the season for the GCL Braves Saturday morning. He pitched three hitless, shutout innings against the GCL Yankees and did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Wentz has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings in his first taste of pro ball. He has allowed just three hits, walked five and struck out 18.

Wentz was the 40th overall pick in the draft last month out of Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas. He did not allow a run during his senior season of high school, so it's going to be quite a story when Wentz eventually gives up an earned run.

The Braves may likely push Wentz up to Danville in the Appalachian League. Last year Mike Soroka, who was the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft, pitched four games in the GCL and did not even have the numbers Wentz has put up so far. Soroka allowed two runs on five hits in 10 innings, with one walk and 11 strikeouts before he was sent to the next level. Soroka then made six starts in Danville before the end of the season.

Atlanta's other two top high school picks, Ian Anderson and Kyle Muller, have also done well. Anderson made his GCL debut last week and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Muller has made three starts so far. He has allowed two earned runs on six hits in 8.2 innings, with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

So the three have combined for the following numbers in eight starts: 12 hits allowed in 23.2 innings, three runs, two earned runs, nine walks and 30 strikeouts.

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