The final day to sign players chosen in the June draft passed quietly for the Braves They selected 40 players and this morning Joe Morgan reported 21 signed. Meanwhile Baseball America’s Daft Database shows 25 players with draft bonus numbers next to their name which I assume means they believe these players to have signed. As Alan noted in his draft followup BA also shows a $5000 bonus for Matt Tellor which is obviously not right. The definitive answer comes then from the Braves own draft selection page. . .or it should. I say it should because the page itself can’t decide. The draft listing shows 21 players with signing dates so Morgan is right . . then there’s Brandon Barker and Tanner Krietemeier
Phantoms of The Draft
A RHP out of Mercer, Barker was selected in the 16th round of the draft with the 493rd pick. According to the Baseball Cube, in three years at Mercer he started 54 games and threw 279 innings posting a 3.29 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP. He also averaged eight strikeouts per nine innings, a K/BB ratio of 3.12 and a HR/9 of 0.42. It easy to see why they drafted him. In spite of what Morgan and the Braves draft page says, they also apparently signed him because after two game with Rome he’s currently suiting up for Danville. So far he’s appeared in three games there striking out six in his seven innings of work.
Krietemeier was selected in the 23rd round of the draft. The 6’2″ 210 pound Oklahoma State first baseman hit .275 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI this season and I’m pretty sure he signed because he’s blowing up the Sally League at Rome with a .300/.400/.400/.800 line. Okay he’s 9-30 with a double and a triple in 35 PA but he has walked five times while striking out just thee and that’s a nice start.
The Rest of The Draft
That settled here’s a list of the rest of those signed in the draft.
|38||1,153||John J. Franco||2B||RI||GCLB|
As I noted earlier the bonus amounts are from the BA database. Tellor’s is quite probably wrong, the rest have not been reported anywhere I can find.
Just to round things out here are the folks chosen in the draft who didn’t sign
That’s A Wrap
The whole signed or not signed issue is more funny than important of course but still it’s nice to be ahead once in a while. It’s way too early to look at the players and know how we did in the draft. Frequently late round players turn out to have a big impact; Kris Medlen is great example. The best we can hope for is the player’s continued good health and that when they get the chance to show what they can do they give it all they have every day. That’s all anyone can ask of any player.