Braves sign ten more draft picks
5 - THOMAS BERRYHILL - RHP - Newberry College - Junior - 5'10", 195 - R/R - December 9, 1987
Berryhill pitched in 18 games for Newberry and had three starts. He was 3-1 with 7 saves and a 2.20 ERA, 28 hits allowed in 41 innings, with 11 walks, and 42 strikeouts. He also had 100 at bats and hit .320. The Braves are going to let him concentrate on pitching full-time now, and they've clocked him up to 98 mph. As a sophomore, Berryhill pitched in 11 games, all in relief. Berryhill is a tough kid, who played quarterback in high school.
9 - MATT WEAVER - SS - Burlington Community College - Freshman - 6'0", 175 - R/R
Weaver hit .458 for the Barons with 14 HR and 72 RBI in 186 at bats. He also had a .517 OBP and a .839 slugging percentage, with 28 stolen bases. Matt was the Region XIX and Northeast District Player of the Year.
13 – JORDAN KREKE – 3B – Eastern Illinois – Senior – 6'2", 200 – R/R
The Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, Kreke played in 46 games, starting 45 times at shortstop. Kreke hit .394 (74-188) with 13 home runs and 59 RBI. As a junior, Kreke played in 55 games, primarily at shortstop, but he did start 20 games at third base. He led the team in triples, RBIs, and multi-RBI games. In 2007, Kreke played mainly at second base. So he played second, short, and third for EIU. Kreke also pitched in 17 games as a senior. His father, Don, pitched in the Phillies' and Pirates' farm systems.
14 - CORY HARRILCHAK - OF - Elon University - 5'11", 180 - L/L - October 27, 1987
Harrilchak hit .336 this season for Elon with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 256 at bats. He had a .443 OBP and had ten stolen bases. As a junior at Elon Harrilchak hit .410 and 11 home runs. Harrilchak transferred to Elon from Surry Community College. He's originally from Cary, North Carolina.
16 – RIANN SPANJER-FURSTENBURG – 1B – Nova Southwestern University – Junior – 6'2", 215
Born in South Africa, Spanjer-Furstenburg played high school ball at Coral Glades High School in Florida. He then spent two years at Florida Atlantic University, where he had four home runs as a sophomore. Spanjer-Furstenburg then transferred to Nova and hit .393 with 15 home runs and 67 RBI this season. In conference action, Riann hit .414 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. Spanjer-Furstenburg was a first team All-Sunshine State Conference member.
21 - MATT CRIM - LHP - The Citadel - 6'0", 190 - L/L - August 14, 1987
Crim was 8-4 in 14 starts for The Citadel this season. The lefty posted a 4.10 ERA, with 98 hits allowed in 83.1 innings, 33 walks, and 62 strikeouts. Crim's got a good fastball (93 mph), and the Braves think he could be a good reliever.
31 – DEREK WILEY – 1B – Belmont University – Senior – 6'3", 217 - B:R - April 9, 1987
Wiley was drafted by Oakland last year in the 50th round, but returned to Belmont for his senior season. Wiley hit 17 home runs (fourth most in the Atlantic Sun Conference), with 15 doubles, 51 RBI, and a batting average of .308. He became the A-Sun leader in career home runs with 58. Wiley had 17 home runs as a junior, 10 as a sophomore, and 14 as a freshman. Originally from De La Salle High School in Dublin, California.
36 – ANDREW WILSON – RHP – Liberty University – Senior – 6'2", 180
Originally from Cary, North Carolina, Wilson was 5-3 this season with a 3.52 ERA in 24 games (three starts). Wilson had five saves, allowed 61 hits in 64 innings, walked 21, and struck out 70. In 2008, Wilson pitched in 19 games (four starts) and was 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA. He struck out 41 in 46.2 innings.
48 – JAMIE HAYES – RHP – Rider University – Senior - 5'11", 190 – R/R
Hayes is Rider's career saves leader with 33. He also has a few offensive records for Rider, including hits (265) runs scored (180), and stolen bases (96). In 2009 Hayes pitched in 17 games and recorded seven saves. He allowed 23 hits in 22 innings, with 16 walks, and 32 strikeouts. Hayes was 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA. At the plate, Hayes hit .330 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 188 at bats. Here's a quote from Hayes on the Rider website: "I grew up a Braves fan and followed them my whole life. To be drafted by them is something else. A dream come true, for sure." Hayes is originally from Sunrise, Florida.
The Braves also signed their 23rd round pick, high school right-hander Lucas LaPoint, who is 6'3", 215 pounds from William J. Knight High School in California.
Atlanta has now signed 17 players, with three more expected to sign on Monday.
Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly baseball column for The Macon Telegraph and is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. You can email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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