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Braves grab six pitchers in rounds 11-20

Atlanta kicked off day three of the Rule IV by grabbing six right-handed pitchers within the first ten picks.

Rich Schultz

As we move into the third and final day of the MLB Rule IV draft, the picks come fast and furious and the info on draftees becomes more scant. That said, we'll do our best to keep you informed with as much information as we have on these selections until we can get eyes on them in the system. That said, let's jump right in to Atlanta's draft choices for rounds eleven through twenty.

11th Round, 343rd Overall: Luis Gamez, RHP, Cienega High School (AZ)

Gamez is a strong, athletic righty out of Cienega High School, where he was a two-way player. He's a big guy, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 180 pounds, which gives him a good bit of projectability. His fastball currently sits in the 88-90 range, but has been clocked as high as 92. He also throws both a changeup and a curveball, though they are both predictably raw.

12th Round, 373rd Overall: Patrick Dorrian, 2B, Kingston High School (NY)

Dorrian is an athletic middle infielder with excellent bat speed from the left-hand side. His swing has a nice plane that generates good doubles power, and he combines that with above average speed. Several scouts have noted how aggressively he plays the game, both offensively and defensively. He played basketball in high school as well. He's currently committed to attend Iowa Western.

13th Round, 403rd Overall: Caleb Beech, RHP, Shelton State Community College (AL)

Beech pitched out of the bullpen for Shelton State CC last year, in addition to playing the infield. There's not much of note on Beech's pitching career, but he did strike out 18 men in 16 innings this past season against only five walks. Baseball America tabbed him as the 13th best draft prospect in the state of Alabama this year.

14th Round, 433rd Overall: Joseph Daris, CF, Azusa Pacific University (CA)

Daris played in only 10 games in 2013 before injuring himself and missing the rest of the season. The two years prior, Daris had been primarily used as a pinch-runner. He's a traditional leadoff man who utilizes a high contact/low power swing to put the ball in play and let his speed work. Baseball America ranked him as the 476th best overall prospect in the draft this year.

15th Round, 463rd Overall: Caleb Dirks, RHP, California Baptist University

Dirks was California Baptist's primary relief option out of the bullpen this past season, notching 8 of the team's 11 saves. In 41 innings, Dirks compiled 52 strikeouts against 15 walks while holding opponents to a .226 batting average. Dirks throws two pitches: a fastball that sits in the low-mid 90s and a hard slider. He's yet another well-built Braves draftee, checking in at 6'3" and 220 pounds. Baseball America tabbed Dirks as the 447th best overall prospect in the draft.

16th Round, 493rd Overall: Brandon Barker, RHP, Mercer University

Barker is a rare pitchability righty, a guy who relies control, movement, and his baseball smarts to get hitters out. He won't blow anyone away with a fastball that sits around 87-88mph, but he commands it to all sides of the plate well and it has some nice run to it. He also shows an advanced feel for both a slider and a changeup.

17th Round, 523rd Overall: Ashton Perritt, RHP, Liberty University

Perritt was Liberty's best player on both the field and the mound. He was a plus defender in center field, and showed off an impressive 93mph fastball on the mound in relief as well as a solid slider. had this to say:

Perritt has helped lead Liberty to postseason play, both by roaming center field and by closing out games on the mound. While he has good speed and plays a good outfield, he’s likely to make a living as a relief pitcher at the next level. Perritt has touched the mid-90s with his fastball, and while his breaking ball has improved, it’s still a bit slurvy and will need to be tightened up in pro ball. He also throws a below-average changeup, but he may not need that if he sticks in a short-relief role. There could be more in the tank when Perritt focuses on pitching only, and that athleticism will only help him on the mound in the future.

18th Round, 553rd Overall: Jacob Webb, RHP, Tabor College (KS)

Webb was a starter at Tabor College where he compiled an 11-4 record in 15 starts his most recent season. Of those 15 starts, 10 of them were complete games. Webb struck out 129 men in 105.1 innings pitched, against only 27 walks. He also held opponents to a .190 batting average.

19th Round, 583rd Overall: Codey McElroy, SS, Cameron University (OK)

McElroy is a giant at 6'6" and has good instincts at shortstop. He uses above average speed to man the position well, and has above average arm strength. His height has led some to wonder if he may not be better suited at the hot corner long term. His bat is incredibly raw so far, but there's some good power projection given his frame, should he ever learn how to hit.

20th Round, 613th Overall: Wigberto Nevarez, C, Lubbock Christian University

Nevarez is unquestionably the greatest name the Braves have drafted so far. He hit .384/.453/.638 with Lubbock Christian this past year as well as showing an advanced eye by posting a 24/19 K/BB ratio. Nevarez hit 10 home runs on the year, including 4 in one game, a school and conference record.

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