The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a deal with fifth round pick Jacob Thompson. He is expected to sign the deal on Saturday.
Atlanta has now signed its first ten draft picks. Of the 22 drafted players that have signed, 12 are pitchers (eight right-handers, four lefties).
Thompson struggled in his junior season at the University of Virginia in 2008. He was 6-4 in 15 games with an ERA of 4.30. He allowed 90 hits in 81.2 innings, with 39 earned runs allowed, 31 walks, and 70 innings.
Before the season started Thompson was projected as a potential first round pick. He had pitched well his sophomore season, going 11-0 in 17 games (16 starts) with an ERA of 1.50. He allowed 79 hits in 114 innings, with 19 earned runs, 32 walks, and 101 strikeouts.
The Braves are still following some drafted players who must be signed by August 15.
Here are the playes signed by the Braves so far this summer:
Round - Overall Pick - Name - Position - School
1S - 040 - Brett DeVall - LHP - Niceville HS in Florida
02 - 064 - Tyler Stovall - LHP - Hokes Bluff HS in Alabama
02 - 070 - Zeke Spruill - RHP - Kell High School in Marietta, GA
03 - 096 - Craig Kimbrel - RHP - Wallace St. JC in Alabama
04 - 130 - Braeden Schlehuber - C - CC of Southern Nevada
05 - 160 - Jacob Thompson - RHP - University of Virginia
06 - 190 - Adam Milligan - OF - Walters St. CC in Tennessee
07 - 220 - Paul Clemens - RHP - Louisburg JC in North Carolnia
08 - 250 - Brett Oberholtzer - LHP - Seminole CC in Florida
09 - 280 - Kyle Farrell - RHP - Western Nevada CC
11 - 340 - Richard Sullivan - LHP - Savannah Coll. Art/Design
12 - 370 - David Frances - RHP - Walters St. CC in Tennessee
13 - 400 - Travis Adair - SS - Cleveland St. CC in Tennessee
14 - 430 - Jason Hanson - 3B - Sabino HS in Arizona
15 - 460 - William Hiller - OF - Binn JC in Texas
20 - 610 - Robert Brooks - SS - Wallace St. JC in Alabama
21 - 640 - Tyler Barnett - SS - Eastern Kentucky
23 - 700 - Casey Hodges - RHP - Mt. Olive College in NC
24 - 730 - Shayne Moody - SS - UNC Charlotte
26 - 790 - Calvin Culver - OF - Los Angeles Pierce JC
30 - 910 - Chris Shehan - OF - Georgia Southern
43 - 1300 - Adam Bullard - RHP - Gardner Webb in NC
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 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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