Mar 20, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) chats with general manager Frank Wren (left) before spring training action against the New York Mets at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves' Draft Version

Bleacher Report

Adam Wells, featured columnist for the Bleacher Report, shares with us a bit of background on the Braves’ round 1 pick last night, Braxton Davidson.  Take a look at Adam’s thoughts.  Of course don’t forget to read our own as well!

Braxton Davidson: Prospect Profile for Atlanta Braves’ No. 32 Overall Pick

Background

Even though other prep bats in the 2014 class have higher ceilings, Braxton Davidson has the best combination of performance, refinement and upside to suggest he could be the top hitter in a group that includes Jacob Gatewood and Alex Jackson.


ATL All Day

Because we know you won’t be able to get enough of reading about the Braves’ round 1 draft pick last night, Braxton Davidson, we thought we’d pass along Fletcher Keel’s (ATL All Day – Sister site on the FanSided Network) thoughts about Braxton as well.  

Braves select outfielder Davidson with 32nd pick

The Atlanta Braves selected outfielder Braxton Davidson out of T.C. Roberson High School in North Carolina with the 32nd pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Davidson plays outfield, as well as first base, but was selected officially as an outfielder with a guy by the name of Freddie Freeman locked up for the foreseeable future.


Talking Chop

If you’re a newbie to the MLB Draft, and thought it was all over with the Braves’ 1st round pick of Davidson, you’ll be interested to read about 2nd round pick Garrett Fulenchek.  Read m0re about the RPH and Dallas Baptist recruit from Dan Simpson of Talking Chop.

Braves draft RHP Garrett Fulenchek in the second round

Late Thursday evening, Atlanta drafted right-handed pitcher Garrett Fulenchek with the 66th pick in the draft. Fulenchek is a big guy on the mound, standing 6’3″ and weighing 205 pounds. His best pitch is his sinker, which sits in the low 90s. He’s got a decent slider already, and some think it could be a plus pitch in the future. Here’s what MLB.com had to say about Atlanta’s new arm:

 


ESPN

To see how Braxton Davidson compares in your mind to 1st round draft picks of the past by the Atlanta Braves, I thought I’d share the list from ESPN - a listing of 1st round draft picks going all the way to just a year after I was born, 1965.  I remember the majority of these frankly (showing my age).  Some were great, some were awful.  How do you think Braxton Davidson compares?  I’ve shared the picks going back to 2000 below.  Share your thoughts with us below in our comments section.

MLB First Round Draft Picks – Atlanta Braves

2013 Jason Hursh RHP Oklahoma State 31
2012 Lucas Sims RHP Brookwood (Ga.) High School 21
2011 Sean Gilmartin LHP Florida State 28
2010 Matt Lipka SS McKinney (Texas) HS 35
2009 Mike Minor LHP Vanderbilt 7
2007 Jason Heyward OF Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. 14
2006 John Johnson OF A. Crawford Mosely HS (Panama City, Fla.) 24
2005 Joseph Devine RHP North Carolina St 27
2002 Jeff Francoeur OF Lilburn, GA 23
2001 Macay McBride LHP Screven County HS, Sylvan 24
2001 Josh Burrus SS Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga 29
2000 Scott Thorman 3B Cambridge, Ontario 30
2000 Adam Wainwright RHP St. Simons Island, GA 29

 

 

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