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The Braves selected Texas RHP Bryce Elder in the Fifth Round of the 2020 MLB Draft

The Braves wrapped up their 2020 draft with another college arm.

MLB: MAR 19 Spring Training - Nationals at Braves

With the 156th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft the Atlanta Braves have selected University of Texas RHP Bryce Elder.

Elder is a 6’2, 220 pound right hander starter that only turned 21 in the middle of May. He is originally from Decatur, Texas.

Stats to come

Ranks:

Baseball America: 83

Pipeline: 109

ESPN: N/A in 150

Athletic: N/A in 100

Perfect Game: 89

Prospects Live: N/A in 101

Bryce Elder is a kid with an interesting story. Baseball wasn’t his top sport until late in his high school career and he was a late addition to the Texas recruiting class in 2017. Things have worked out well for him since then, as he has gone on to become the ace for one of the top programs in the country. Elder isn’t a pitcher with overpowering stuff, in fact he only has one true plus pitch in his slider. His above average curve is his second best pitch. His fastball is more of a low 90’s pitch that gets ground balls than it is a swing and miss offering. He also has a solid average change. Elder is a solid average command guy with plenty of pitchability, enhancing the stuff. His upside is fairly limited since he doesn’t have much projection remaining, but he is a strong candidate to be a #4 starter for a big league team. There is also a chance he could have a little more yet to come since he got a bit of a late start focusing solely on baseball. I normally prefer upside to high floor, but Elder is just a kid who competes at a high level and knows how to work a hitter.

Elder is a mix of potential and floor. He should be at least a #4 starter and has a chance to be a #3 starter. Worst case scenario with his stuff, track record of success, and pitchability he is a #5 starter. Elder should have been taken long before the 156th pick in this draft as I had him among the Top 40 RHP in this draft and he doesn’t have any real question marks.

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