Atlanta Braves 2011 MLB Draft Clippings For Thursday

Here is a look at some of the Atlanta Braves draft stories from overnight. I've also added a box at the bottom of the left sidebar of the main page to keep track of all the players that sign.

Braves wrap Draft with plenty of pitchers | braves.com: News
"We need some speed. We talked about that last year," DeMacio said. "We need some speed, we need some power. We felt like we got a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Considering where we're picking with all of those other picks gone, we're just trying to plug away."

Braves draft Kimbrel's brother in 32nd round | braves.com: News
One year removed from Tommy John surgery, Matt Kimbrel pitched at Alabama's Shelton State Community College this past year. Before determining whether they will sign him, the Braves will watch him compete this summer in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The 21-year-old right-hander's fastball was clocked at 89-91 mph at pre-draft workouts.

Mueller signs with Braves
Baseball became a profession for Tony Mueller on Wednesday afternoon. That doesn't mean the La Crosse, Wis., native, who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the Major League Draft on Tuesday, will change his high-spirited approach to the game. "I would play for free anyway," Mueller said. Mueller, 20, won't have to. He signed a contract with Braves Midwest area scout Stu Cann on Wednesday. Mueller received a bonus of $50,000 plus tuition for his senior year at Winona State. He said he expects to report to the Braves' rookie-level team in Danville, Va.

FSU’s Ross drafted by Atlanta Braves " Local Sports " Cumberland Times-News
Pitcher Greg Ross became the first Frostburg State University baseball player to be selected in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft in more than 30 years when he was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round late Tuesday. Ross is the third Bobcat to be drafted. John Elder was selected by the New York Mets in 1978 while Jim Riggleman, current manager for the Washington Nationals, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974.

Braves come calling | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL
Mark Lamm arrived at Vanderbilt University five years ago as a starting pitcher. When he leaves in a few weeks to join one of the Atlanta Braves minor league teams, it'll be as a reliever one year removed from Tommy John surgery. And Lamm couldn't be happier.

Major League Baseball draft hits the Beavers
Stamps said before the draft he wants to return to OSU and work on his degree. All of the underclassmen have until the middle of August to decide.

MLB draft: Five Wildcats, Salpointe's Serrano selected
Matt Chaffee was boarding the Arizona Wildcats' team bus after Tuesday's NCAA Regional championship loss to Texas A&M when he received the best - if poorly timed - news of his young life. The Atlanta Braves had selected the UA's hard-throwing closer with their 12th-round (386th overall) selection in major-league baseball's annual draft. "It's what I've always wanted, but it's kind of a surreal situation," Chaffee said. "I never thought I'd be in this situation. … They're definitely a great organization.

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