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2009 First-Year Player Draft Open Thread

The Braves did pretty good with four of the first 100 draft picks last year, but this year while the quantity won't be there, the quality should be. The Braves have the #7 pick in the draft's first round, then don't pick again until the third round and pick number #87 overall. Then that will be it for the day.

The odds makers have us selecting either UNC RHP Alex White or Vandy LHP Mike Minor, of course we should never underestimate the love Braves Scouting Director Roy Clark has for high school pitchers. The odds are that the real apple of our eye, Georgia high school pitcher Zach Wheeler, will not be available by the time we pick.

Clark doesn't want to tip Braves' hand:  Mark Bowman tries to infer what the Braves are going to do by reading the body language of Roy Clark.

Braves look to make most of early draft pick:  Carroll Rogers hears the same thing Bowman does and gives us a similar but less inferred take on what the team might do today.

Could Minor be a lock:  Baseball America's Jim Callis says he has the top-8 picks locked down, with the Braves taking Matt Minor.

[UPDATE: 6:40pm]

The Braves officially select Mike Minor with their first pick.

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