As you already know the Atlanta Braves lost their third round draft pick today due to punishments from MLB after the previous front office broke a number of rules. That missing pick would have been the 7th pick of the third round, or 85th overall.
Since we already know about the lost bonus pool, I thought now would be a good time to check out some of the best players on the board that the Braves could have taken. I’m including 10 players that the Braves could have wanted there and chose to exclude those who just weren’t affordable (Kumar Rocker, Cole Wilcox).
I chose to include 10, because at the very least four of these guys would have remained with the 85th pick.
Konnor Pilkington, LHP, Mississippi State
As SEC pitchers with great track records dropped on Monday, Pilkington saw himself drop out of the first day all together. He’s got a chance to be a #3 or 4 starter, and as a lefty with success as well as solid stuff there is plenty to like.
Nick Northcut, 3B, Ohio HS
As a prep power hitter with potential defensive value, Northcut would be a solid pick.
Adam Kloffensfein, RHP, Texas HS
Kloffenstein is a big right hander with stuff and projection.
Tristan Pompey, OF, Kentucky
Pompey has good bloodlines and an even better track record for success in the SEC. He could be an impact college bat even though his glove won’t be a strength.
Raynel Delgado, 3B, Florida HS
Delgado is a power hitter with a chance to be an asset with the glove at third after he moves over from being a prep shortstop.
Slade Cecconi, RHP, Florida HS
Cecconi has shown huge stuff last summer, but an injury this spring has limited looks at the one time potential first rounder.
Mike Siani, OF, Pennsylvania HS
Siani is a prep centerfielder who will stick there as a pro thanks to at least four strong tools. I’m not fully bought in on the power, but he’s appealing either way.
Trey Riley, RHP, Illinois JUCO
Riley has the fastball and slider that make him interesting even though his third pitch needs real work. It’s not hard to project him into a middle of the rotation role with some coaching.
Elijah Cabell, OF, Florida HS
Cabell has some of the best tools in the outfield class, but there are real questions about his hit tool going forward.
Ryder Green, OF, Tennessee HS
Green is a real power threat, and that makes him interesting, even with swing and miss.