The Braves have reached a deal with No. 5 overall pick Kyle Wright for just over $7 million, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
We first heard the Braves were nearing an agreement with Wright on Thursday morning. It really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that a deal was reached within roughly 72 hours of him being selected. Wright is an avid Braves fan, and the Braves clearly liked the big righty out of Vanderbilt. It would seem fortuitous that he fell to the club at No. 5 when many pundits figured he’d be a top-three selection just a few weeks ago.
Wright joins a ridiculously deep and talented farm system. My guess is he doesn’t throw too many more innings this year after already logging 100+ with Vanderbilt. I’d wager he opens 2018 with the Florida Fire Frogs (High-A).
Keith Law of ESPN wrote yesterday that he may be the club’s No. 1 prospect depending on where Ronald Acuna lands.
You can follow the Talking Chop draft tracker here in the coming weeks as more draftees begin to sign.