Braves sign first player from the draft

The Braves have signed their first player from this week's draft. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

The Atlanta Braves have signed their first player from this week's amateur draft, getting 8th rounder Brett Oberholtzer's name on the dotted line.

Oberholtzer was the second of six straight junior college pitchers picked to start the second day of the draft. He's a six-foot-two, 205-pound left-hander from Seminole Community College in Florida.

This spring in his freshman season Oberholtzer was 5-3 in 13 games (11 starts) with a 4.60 ERA. He allowed 51 hits in 58.2 innings, with 30 earned runs, 26 walks, and 73 strikeouts.

"He's a kid that is still 18 and he flashes three solid pitches," Braves' Scouting Director Roy Clark said. "We saw him at 92 (mph)."

Oberholtzer, who will celebrate his 19th birthday on July 1st, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in last year's draft in the 47th round out of Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware.

Bill Shanks hosts The Atlanta Baseball Show on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and The Bill Shanks Show on SportsRadio 105.5 the Fan in Macon. He 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. You can email Bill at

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