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Braves select Owen Murphy with the 20th overall pick in 2022 MLB Draft

The Braves decided to go with a prep righty surprisingly with the 20th overall pick.

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With the 20th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Atlanta Braves selected prep RHP/SS Owen Murphy out of Riverside-Brookfield HS. While the Braves had long been connected to college arms at this spot, they decided to grab a prep arm that they had been mentioned as interested in in a couple mocks.

Quick Bio

DOB: 09/27/2003

Height: 6’1

Weight: 190 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

Rankings

Baseball America: 45th

MLB Pipeline: 48th

ESPN: 27th

Introducing Owen Murphy

Owen Murphy is a very talented, two-way player from the prep ranks who features a high spin fastball that currently sits in the low-90’s that he throws for strikes. His breaking ball is more of a slurve that he throws in the high 70’s that he can command and get whiffs with. He also has a cutter as well as a changeup, but those two lag behind and he hasn’t thrown either that much in the prep ranks although the cutter has real promise. He is a cold weather arm that doesn’t have a lot of innings yet, but a lot about his profile is very data friendly and that plus a simple, clean delivery gives the Braves an exciting arm to add to their minor league system.

UPDATE: In an interesting twist the Atlanta Braves are also going to give Murphy a chance to play shortstop at the professional level. Murphy is a high level athlete and was a potential 4th round pick as a shortstop.

UPDATE #2: Nevermind

First Reaction

This is a curious selection for the Braves. There was some connection to Murphy at 35, but him jumping to 20 is a complete surprise. There are players such as Brock Porter and Brandon Barriera that we prefer here, but clearly the most important thing for the Braves was getting value versus the slot in this pick and there is a good chance this is an underslot pick. They will have a lot of money to spend with their next three picks and it will be interesting to see what Dana Brown has to say about Murphy.

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