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Atlanta Braves select 1B/OF Greyson Jenista in the 2nd Round of the 2018 MLB Draft

Braves don’t waste time with grabbing their first college bat of the draft.

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The Atlanta Braves draft 1B/OF Greyson Jenista with the the 49th overall pick in the 2nd round. He’s a 6’4” big left handed hitter who shared the field with 1st rounder Alec Bohm and many had Jenista as the better player coming into the spring.

Jenista has played all outfield positions and some first base. He projects as a right or left field though since he does have solid athleticism.

John Sickels has this to say:

You may think from his general appearance, size and weight that he’s a hulking slugger but that’s not true at all: he’s a good athlete actually. He has at least 60 raw power (some observers give him a 70) and a 60 arm but is also a 55 runner. He’s versatile defensively, having played center field, right field, and first base in college. Right field is probably the best bet in pro ball, especially if he loses a step with age.

This was a surprising pick since Kumar Rocker, Alek Thomas, Chris Wilcox and other prep players were all there for the taking. Nevertheless, Jenista had a solid junior year, though felt he did underachieve with the power as he only hit 9 homers and just 16 total extra base hits.

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