Atlanta Braves 2011 MLB Draft Clippings For Wednesday

Here is a look at some of the Atlanta Braves draft stories from overnight. Talking Chop already highlighted a story about 13th-round pick Tony Mueller (link). Here are a few more that stand out:

Braves Accomplish Primary Goal With Gilmartin |
Ranked by Baseball America as the 48th-best player in the draft, Gilmartin fills the primary goal of Atlanta scouting director Tony DeMacio, who said prior to Monday's process that he was targeting lefthanded hurlers. He also gives the Braves additional polished pitching depth in the organization, which should provide general manager Frank Wren with the freedom to acquire a big league bat this summer in exchange for prospects on the mound.

Braves' first pick rooted for Glavine as youth | News
"Every single time [my brother and I] talk on the phone, something about the Braves always comes up, no matter what," Gilmartin said. "They've definitely been around for as long as I can remember."

Son of Braves third-base coach gets Draft call | News
Troy Snitker can almost certainly lay claim to being the first player to learn he had been drafted by the Braves while wearing a Braves uniform and shagging fly balls during batting practice at a Major League stadium. Having joined his father, Braves third-base coach Brian Snitker, on this road trip in New York this past weekend, the younger Snitker spent most of Tuesday afternoon following this year's First-Year Player Draft on in the visitor's clubhouse at Sun Life Stadium.

BE Alum John Cornely Drafted In 15th Round By Atlanta - | Charleston, SC
"I am really excited to get the opportunity to further my baseball career after Wofford," said Cornely. "I had a workout with the Braves once our season ended and it is great to be drafted by the team I grew up following." (Follow the link for a video interview with Cornely.)

Former Holy Spirit pitcher A.J. Holland selected by the Atlanta Braves in the MLB amateur draft - Sports
Patty Holland couldn't take it anymore. She had spent most of Tuesday afternoon watching different names come up on the online Major League Baseball draft board. By 5 p.m., somewhere around the 420th pick, the Margate resident was exhausted and decided to take a walk on the Boardwalk. She left her cell phone at home. "When I came back I had 28 missed calls," She said. "I said, 'Oh my gosh, I need to call A.J.!' " Everyone was calling to tell her that her son, A.J. Holland, the Holy Spirit High School graduate and Saint Joseph's University starting pitcher, was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 amateur baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves with the 506th overall pick.

Braves take MTSU's Skinner in 25th round | The Daily News Journal |
MTSU senior slugger Will Skinner's pick in Tuesday's MLB Draft was preceded by a pleasant prediction. About a half-hour (60 picks) before Skinner was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round, his former junior college roommate, Sam Munson, was picked by the Braves in the 23rd round. "I called (Munson) to tell him congratulations, and he said, 'You're next. They're picking you next,'" Skinner said. "Well, sure enough, they picked me not long after that. I guess he was right."

The third day of the draft starts at noon. We'll have an open thread, and then a pick by pick review later in the day.

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