Well, that was fast.
With the conclusion of the 2018 MLB Draft, we are now in the phase of getting most of these players signed and on to the field. While the signability of players in the first 10 rounds or so hasn’t been a huge concern in recent years, this particular draft class is interesting in that regard mainly due to the drafting of Tristan Beck in the 4th round. While we have no reason to expect that he won’t sign, how much he signs for will give all a good indication of how many of the players the Braves drafted in later rounds will actually sign with the team. You can follow along with our signing tracker right here.
As for Greyson Jenista, a slugging outfielder from Wichita State and the Braves’ second round pick, he knew what he wanted and wasted no time in getting his deal done.
Accompanied by Area Supervisor Nate Dion and Director of Amateur Scouting Brian Bridges, @greysonjenista officially becomes a member of the #Braves organization.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 7, 2018
Welcome to Braves Country, Greyson! #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/7AE5qEq36U
Jenista is coming off a calendar year that saw him win the MVP of the Cape Cod League (a strong barometer of performance due to the use of wood bats there) and an uneven spring that still saw him post a .921 OPS. Scouting director Brian Bridges was very adamant in describing how much power Jenista has in his bat and that the Braves saw him as a first round talent.
The quickness of Jenista’s signing is a good start and there are a lot of indications that the Braves’ first 14 picks or so are going to sign, but for now it is just nice that one of the biggest dominoes to fall did so rather quickly.