Braves select C Victor Caratini with the 65th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft

Kevin C. Cox

Braves draft C Victor Caratini from Miami Dade Junior College.

The Braves selected a junior college catcher with their second pick in the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Victor Caratini, listed at 6'2" 205 lb., is a switch hitter out of Miami Dade Junior College. Only 19-years-old and quite raw at catching position, he is also listed as a 3B (and 2B on the Miaimi Dade roster).

Baseball America had Caratini ranked as their 124th best prospect, while Keith Law had him at 92. Jonathan Mayo did not have him in his top 100.

Here is what Law had to say about Caratini,

Caratini's a strong third baseman with good feel to hit and enough of a chance to stay at the position to potentially go off the board in the top three rounds this year. He's a switch-hitter with pretty similar swings from both sides; right-handed he wraps his bat behind his head when he loads, less so left-handed, but on both sides he's short to the ball and mostly linear, with a little loft left-handed and virtually none right-handed. He's a well below-average runner but has the arm for third and enough agility that he could end up an average defender there with some instruction.

None of his tools project to be quite "All-Star Caliber," but the bat should still play whether he finds himself at C or 3B long-term. There seem to be mixed feelings about where he will eventually land defensively, but reaching for him in the second round the Braves seem to have faith in working him a quite a bit behind the plate. Either way, his bat, specifically his power, is what will hopefully carry him to the big leagues.

Bennett tweeted this out the first video and it's worth the watch solely for the pimp job. The second video is a bit older, from 2010.

The assigned slot value for the 65th pick was $858,800 and it seems like Caratini should sign. Check back later for more draft coverage of the Braves upcoming picks.

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