The Atlanta Braves have signed two draft-and-follow prospects from the 2005 draft, right-hander Jaye Chapman from Chipola Junior College and left-hander Derick Himpsl of Lake City Community College.
Chapman was the Braves 16th round pick last June out of Mosley High School in Panama City, Florida. He is right at six-feet tall, 180 pounds. Chapman was 6-4 in the regular season for Chipola with a 4.68 ERA, 76 hits allowed in 75 innings pitched, 35 walks, and 76 strikeouts.
Scouts liked Chapman's performance in the tournament this past weekend when he was clocked 95 mph. His fastball usually stays in the 91-94 mph range. Chapman also has a good slider that sits at 86-89 mph that has become his best out pitch. He also has a developing changeup. The Braves will probably make Chapman a reliever this summer.
Himpsl, the Braves' 50th rounder last June, is a six-foot-four, 255-pound lefty that had some interesting numbers at Lake City. He was 3-1 with a 3.70 ERA, only 7 hits allowed in 24 innings pitched, but 29 walks and 34 strikeouts. Himpsl has a fastball that can hit 93 mph and a hammer curveball. Obviously, he has some mechanical issues to work out, so the Braves will bring him along slowly in the bullpen.
The Braves could sign as many as eight more draft picks from last year that played this season in junior college.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
Braves sign two draft and follow players
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