Braves last two drafts very successful

Let's look back on the Braves' last two drafts to see what the priorities have been for the organization.

Let's look at how the Braves' last few drafts have gone. We'll look only at the players the Braves signed, and what their current status is with the organization.

2007

Signed 23 players – 14 position players – 9 pitchers
12 college players – 7 high school players – 4 junior college players

1 – Jason Heyward – OF – Tearing up the South Atlantic League
1S – Jon Gilmore – 3B – Great potential, but off to a slow start in Rome
2 – Freddie Freeman – 1B - Tearing up the South Atlantic League
3 – Brandon Hicks – SS - Doing very well, showing power in Myrtle Beach
4 – Cory Gearrin – RP - Pitching well in relief at Rome
5 – Dennis Dixon – OF - Probably a Pittsburgh Steeler now
6 – Michael Fisher – SS - Doing well in Rome at shortstop
7 – Travis Jones – 2B - Showing power in Myrtle Beach
9 – Tim Ladd – LHP - Heading back to Danville
10 – Tommy Palica – LHP - Power reliever in Rome
12 – Nick Fellman – RHP - Awesome in Danville last year
13 – Chad Maddox – OF - Heading to Danville to play in outfield
14 – Caleb Brewer – RHP - Will be a starter in the GCL this summer
17 – Benji Johnson – C - Splitting time as Rome's starting catcher
18 – Randy Gress – SS - Will battle for time in Danville this summer
19 – Brett Butts – RHP - Thriving in Myrtle Beach; closest to the majors?
20 – Carlos Lee – OF - Starting center fielder in Rome
21 – Kuyaunnis Miles – OF - Heading to Danville
25 – Rico Reid – RHP - Will be a starter in the GCL this summer
26 – Daniel Elorriaga-Matra – C - Probably the starting catcher in GCL
28 – Rashod Henry – OF - Has struggled with injuries
31 – Benny Pruneda – RHP - Strikeout reliever in Rome
32 – T.J. Wohlever – LHP - Heading back to the GCL


2006

Signed 26 players – 19 pitchers – 7 position players
10 junior college players – 9 high school players – 7 college players

1 – Cody Johnson – OF - Showing power, but striking out in Rome
1S – Cory Rasmus – RHP - Shoulder surgery has slowed him down
1S – Steve Evarts – LHP - Having elbow trouble
2 – Jeff Locke – LHP - A little adversity in Rome, but full of potential
2 – Dustin Evans – RHP - Struggled mightily in Double-A earlier this year
2 – Chase Fontaine – SS - Traded to Tampa Bay in the Jeff Ridgway deal
3 – Chad Rodgers – LHP - Some inconsistency but developing nicely
4 – Lee Hyde – LHP - Recovering from Tommy John surgery
5 – Kevin Gunderson – LHP - Doing well in AA Mississippi
6 – Steve Figueroa – RHP - Might be a starter in Danville this summer
7 – Adam Coe – 3B - Struggling at the plate in Rome
8 – Casey Beck – RHP - In the Rome bullpen
9 – Tim Gustafson – RHP - Recovering from Tommy John surgery
10 – Kris Medlen – RHP - A little adversity in AA, but still a prospect
11 – Mike Mehlich – RHP - Should be in Rome soon
12 – Josh Morris – 1B - Released this past spring
13 – Joe Johnson – RHP - Battling arm trouble
14 – Matt Small – RHP - Impressive arm heading to Danville's bullpen
15 – Stephen Shults – INF - Headed back to Danville this season
17 – Clayton McMillan – LHP - Will be in Danville's bullpen
19 – Deunte Heath – RHP - Having terrific season in Myrtle Beach
22 – Cole Rohrbough – LHP - Back after shoulder trouble and doing well
26 – Ryne Reynoso – RHP - Now a starter and thriving in Myrtle Beach
30 – David Berres – OF - Will be an outfielder in Danville this summer
31 – Eric Barrett – LHP - Impressive lefty in the Rome rotation
43 – L.V. Ware – OF - Battled injuries so far



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. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and on The Bill Shanks Show on SportsRadio 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.



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