After the Atlanta Braves got the 2021 MLB Draft started on Sunday night with Wake Forest pitcher Ryan Cusick, they made nine more picks today on the second day of the draft. There are 10 more picks yet to come tomorrow.
Here is a recap of the players the Braves drafted on Day 2.
Round 2 - Spencer Schwellenbach, SS/RHP, Nebraska
You can find a full writeup on Schwellenbach here.
The Braves had been in on the Big Ten Player of the Year hard and had been linked to him heavily in the first round for weeks, only to get him in the second round. The two-way prospect who probably is best as a pitcher was taken more in a range he belonged in the second round. He has some upside as a pitcher, but will require the difficult conversion from reliever to starter.
Round 3 - Dylan Dodd, LHP, Southeast Missouri
You can find a full writeup on Dodd here.
Dodd is a senior sign from a small school. Despite being a senior sign, Dodd is actually a useful arm with a high floor. He profiles more as a backend starter or a lefty reliever, but he has the stuff and track record to make it to the big leagues.
Round 4 - Cal Conley, SS, Texas Tech
You can find a full writeup on Conley here.
Conley, who began his college career at Miami, isn’t quite a senior sign but is an older player at nearly 22 years old. He profiles best as a utility man as the bat is a bit light for an MLB everyday role but there is still value.
Round 5 - Luke Waddell, SS, Georgia Tech
You can find a full writeup on Waddell here.
Waddell is the second true senior sign for the Braves, and a local prospect. He’s an on base machine without a ton of power and because of that projects as an offense first utility type of player.
Round 6 - Justyn Henry-Malloy, 3B, Georgia Tech
I actually ranked Justyn-Henry Malloy the fifth best third baseman in this draft. He started his career at Vanderbilt and ended up at Georgia Tech this year, breaking out as he finally got regular playing time. JHM is all about his ability to get on base, but he’s got some power and runs well. He has the potential to be a solid defender as well, but will need to clean up some things or move to maybe second base. There are some questions about the hit tool, but he should help make up for that with his on base abilities.
Round 7 - AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP, Texas HS
AJ Smith-Shawver is a very interesting prospect. Not only a two sport star as a QB, but a legitimate two way player with real power as a hitter. He’s in the mid-90s with the potential for a plus breaking ball. The gains from dropping hitting and football are also in play. A full report on him will be up as well.
Round 8 - Tyler Collins, OF, Texas HS
Tyler Collins is a prospect with some loud tools, particularly his plus plus speed. He also has an above average hit tool and the potential to become a plus defender in center- but is going to need to develop on that side of the ball. You will get a full report on him as well.
Round 9 - Liam McGill, C, Bryant
Liam McGill is another senior sign pick, as the Braves took the power hitting catcher from the Northeast with great makeup in the ninth round. McGill probably doesn’t stick behind the plate very long, but the bat makes him at least worth watching.
Round 10 - Dylan Spain, RHP, Hawaii-Hilo
Dylan Spain out of Hawaii-Hilo is the final pick of the second day, and another senior sign. Spain is a prospect who comes from a little off the radar, but he’s got size and some projection at 6’6, 205 pounds and the ability to get into a pro system could help him.