What can I say about the Braves draft. Well, they followed slot and got some potential major leaguers. I don't see a single player with the potential to be a star. J.R. Graham could be a closer, Jackson Laumann could be a slugger but both are long shots.
1 Sean Gilmartin , LHP , ATL 5/9/1990 Left Left 6'2" 190
Gilmartin is a solid bet to make it to the majors, maybe as soon as 2013. He is behind a lot of very good pitchers in the Braves' system and he projects to be more of a back end of the rotation pitcher than a frontline guy. He isn't going to blow anyone away but he has a good breaking ball, a plus changeup and an average fastball and that makes him a solid, but unspectacular pick.
2 Nick Ahmed , SS , ATL 3/15/1990 Right Right 6'2" 205
Ahmed won't win over scouts for a high ceiling or a ton of tools, but he is a very good baseball player. He can hit, run, throw and field pretty well. He is more likely a 2B than a SS but he may have enough bat to be a solid 2B in the majors.
3 Kyle Kubitza , 3B , ATL 7/15/1990 Left Right 6'3" 190
Kubitza is a confusing pick in the third round. He probably can stay at 3B defensively but I don't see the bat being enough to be a future starter at the position.
4 J.R. Graham , RHP , ATL 1/14/1990 Right Right 6' 185
Blessed with a really fast arm that creates up to 100 MPH velocity, he could be the best pick in this draft. He has smooth mechanics but is a little on the short side at 6'. He's probably my favorit pick of this draft.
5 Nick DeSantiago , C , ATL 4/17/1991 Left Right 6' 205
DeSantiago has a nice swing and a strong arm but doesn't have a ton of skills behind the dish but the Braves have had some success developing catchers.
6 Mark Lamm , RHP , ATL 3/8/1988 Right Right 6'4" 215
Lamm is a 5th year senior sign, who has had Tommy John surgery and looks to be a bullpen guy at best.
7 Cody Martin , RHP , ATL 9/4/1989 Right Left 6'3" 210
Martin is another solid relief arm. He throws in the mid 90's with a plus slider and a decent curveball. He along with Lamm and Graham could move quickly. Martin did very well in his debut in Low A ball.
8 Tommy La Stella , 2B , ATL 1/31/1989 Left Right 5'10" 190
La Stella is a hard nosed player who will likely end up as a 4th OF or a below average LF if he makes it to the majors. His bat will have to carry him. He hit well in his debut and did play 2B, so there may be some chance he can stick in the infield.
9 Chase Larsson , OF , ATL 11/10/1988 Left Left 6'2"
Larsson will have to hit to make it in pro ball. He didn't hit well in Rookie ball but the power was there. If the power continues and he can play all three OF positions like he did this summer, he will be very valuble. I think he'll be a corner guy, so the bat will have to play.
10 Logan Robbins , SS , ATL 8/4/1989 Right Right 6' 190
Robbins is a toolsy athlete that can stick at SS. He has a rocket arm and the speed needed to play the position. He needs to improve the bat but the Braves have a good line of SS prospects, so they won't have to rush him.
11 Seth Moranda , 2B , ATL 9/26/1992 Right Right 6'1" 190
Moronda is another middle infielder that has some potential. I would probably take him over La Stella if I had to choose.
12 Matt Chaffee , LHP , ATL 12/19/1988 Left Left 6' 185
13 Tony Mueller , OF , ATL 2/22/1990 Right Right 6' 183
14 Navery Moore , RHP , ATL 8/10/1990 Right Right 6'2" 212
Moore looked good out of the pen at Vanderbilt on occasion. For a college arm, he is very raw. He needs innings. I hope the Braves use him as a starter to get him more work.
15 Francis Cornely , RHP , ATL 5/17/1989 Right Right 6' 190
16 Adam Holland , RHP , ATL 12/15/1989 Right Right 6'3" 220
17 August Schlosser , RHP , ATL 10/20/1988 Right Right 6'4" 220
18 Gregory Ross , RHP , ATL 9/6/1989 Right Right 6'3" 200
19 Troy Snitker , C , ATL 12/5/1988 Right Right 6'2" 210
21 Jarrett Miller , RHP , ATL 9/28/1989 Right Right 6'1" 195
22 Clint Wrights , RHP , ATL 4/29/1990 Right Right 6'6" 239
23 Sam Munson , OF , ATL 4/9/1990 Right Right 6'2" 215
24 Brian Stamps , OF , ATL 12/10/1988 Both Right 5'11 160
25 Will Skinner , OF , ATL 6/9/1989 Right Right 5'11" 205
26 Kirk Walker , SS , ATL 12/23/1988 Right Right 6' 175
27 Charles Robertson , RHP , ATL 4/30/1990 Left Right 6'5" 190
28 Matt Talley , LHP , ATL 8/8/1989 Left Left 6'6" 225
29 Chad Comer , C , ATL 8/29/1988 Right Right 6'2" 220
31 Jackson Laumann , 1B , ATL 9/21/1993 Right Right 6'3" 220
Laumann has big right handed power potential and that is kind of uncommon nowdays. I really like this signing for $150,000.
33 Nick Popescu , 3B , ATL 4/23/1989 Both Right 5'10" 185
34 Christopher Bullard , OF , ATL 8/26/1989 Left Right 6' 230
35 Michael Hashem , LHP , ATL 10/13/1988 Left Left 6'1" 220
36 Gardner Adams , RHP , ATL 8/23/1988 Right Right 5'5" 170
37 Ryne Harper , RHP , ATL 3/27/1989 Right Right 6'3" 215
42 Cody Livesay , OF , ATL 7/6/1993 Left Left 6' 160