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MLB Draft: Braves load up on college talent on Friday

Eight players were taken, seven of which played in college. The first pick of the day: Drew Harrington, who could move through the system quickly.

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The Braves took three talented high schoolers with their first three selections in the 2016 MLB Draft. Since then, the club has taken all but one college player, adding some polish to the farm system.

Atlanta selected eight players on Friday in rounds 3-10. Seven of the eight players taken are college prospects, with their fourth round pick, Bryse Wilson, being the lone prep talent. Wilson was taken No. 109 and is a right-handed pitcher.

Read moreFull coverage of the Braves' 2016 Draft.

The club took left-handed pitcher Drew Harrington out of Louisville with the 80th pick, their first of the day. Harrington was the ACC Pitcher of the Year. He should move through the system pretty quickly and could be a reliever or back-end starter. The Braves also took college pitchers in the fifth round, Jeremy Walker, a pop-up guy from Gardner-Webb University) and Taylor Hyssong, a southpaw from UNC-Wilmington, in the eighth round.

Many wanted Atlanta to add some bats on day two. They added four of them: Matt Gonzalez, a second baseman from Georgia Tech, J.B. Moss, an outfielder from Texas A&M, Tyler Neslony, an outfielder from Texas Tech, and Marcus Mooney, a shortstop from South Carolina.

The Braves' top three picks -- Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz and Kyle Muller -- all figure to get upwards of $3 million when they sign, so the Braves were smart to go after some cheaper college talent on Friday. The team also drafted slugging California catcher Brett Cumberland with the 76th pick.

Rounds 11-40 of the draft will be Saturday. I probably won't write about all of them.

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