Atlanta is back at it after a much welcomed day off against the Arizona Diamonbacks who come to town after receiving bad news regarding starter and former Brave Shelby Miller who was sent to the 10-day DL with right elbow inflammation. Atlanta and Arizona will do battle in a three game set before the incoming All-Star break.
Let’s take a look at some of the very early candidates for Atlanta to choose from in next year’s draft with their compensation pick at number nine overall thanks to not being able to sign Carter Stewart this year. Stewart’s medicals were simply too high a risk for Atlanta to justify offering him the full slot amount.
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Our minor league staff sat down with Jake Higginbotham, the Braves eleventh round pick in 2018, to talk about the draft process and what his outlook is going forward with the Atlanta minor league system.
Check out the scouting report on late signee Victor Vodnik who boasts some gaudy strikeout totals and a live fastball that can run all the way up to 97 MPH. Vodnik is a California guy who can hit a little as well.
The Braves optioned Luiz Gohara back to Gwinnett yesterday in order to get a spot start in at AAA before the All-Star break. This puts Gohara in position to join the big league rotation after the break when they will need another starter in the rotation.
It is no surprise that the price for pitching is sky high and that is no exception with Padres’ reliever Brad Hand who the San Diego club is reportedly asking the moon for. Hand is a dynamic closer in a tight market so it will be interesting to see if the Padres can get what they’re looking for.