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1s.35 Atlanta Braves - Matt Lipka, SS, McKinney HS (TX)

The Braves selected Matt Lipka. Here's his profile:


Matt Lipka   Position: SS   School: McKinney HS   State: TX   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 190

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 4/15/92   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: Alabama

Matt Lipka is an ultra-athletic shortstop from McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Lipka is one of the more toolsy middle infielders available in this draft, and while he’s rawer than a number of his fellow draft prospects, he’s expected to be an early pick based solely on those tools. A wide receiver in high school, he had a number of scholarship offers to continue that side of his career, but he chose instead to focus on baseball, this despite the fact that his McKinney High teammate, Zach Lee, is supposed to be LSU’s quarterback of the future. Lipka is considered the more signable of the two, and he has a chance to be a starting shortstop or center fielder at the next level. At the plate, he’s a solid-average hitter with average raw power, though he shoots more for the gaps at the moment. He has a chance to grow into his frame a little bit, and some scouts believe he’ll actually hit for more than average power, though that’s not the consensus. He’s a plus-plus runner by any stopwatch, though, and that should become a key part of his offensive and defensive game. In the field, he’s currently a shortstop with above-average range, but his hands aren’t suited well for the position, and he might have to move to center field shortly. He’s a fringe-average defender as it is, and he has an above-average arm. If he moves to center field, he could be an above-average defender, though that’s more  speculation than actual scouting. He is likely to go somewhere from rounds two to four, and though he might not be signable for mere slot money, he’s a signable player.