The Braves wrapped up their drafting late Wednesday afternoon, and now the task turns to trying to sign all of their picks and restock a barren rookie level after the sanctions posed against them this winter. The Braves went with talented high school right Carter Stewart in the first round, and scouting director Brian Bridges said that Stewart was number one overall on their board. You can read our report on Stewart here. In the second round the Braves snapped up Greyson Jenista, a powerful outfielder from Wichita State (report) and rounded out a trio of potential first round talents with 4th rounder Tristan Beck out of Stanford (report). Despite not having a third round pick the Braves came out quite well in the early rounds and some evaluators have been raving about the talent they’ve picked up in the later rounds.
5th and 6th rounders Trey Riley and Andrew Moritz are talented college players, with Riley drawing third round grades from many and Moritz being one of the best pure hitters in the country. With all of this talent, however, comes a price and upon losing their third round pick the Braves don’t have a huge number to work with this season. While Beck shouldn’t have a huge number as a fourth year junior, he’ll still command a nice bonus which could cut into the amount the Braves have to go after a player like talented high school arm Victor Vodnik. Trey Riley is also expected to go a bit over slot, and it is going to take no small chunk of change to sign Stewart away from his commitment to Mississippi State. You can follow along with all of the signings here. Included are the bonus pool allotments, the over pool, and the 5% overage-the limit at which the Braves can sign players without losing a draft pick.