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Braves select Princeton right-handed pitcher David Hale with their second pick

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I guess the trend so far this year is that the Braves are picking polished college pitchers from elite private universities. When was the last time the Braves selected two college pitchers with their top two picks?

After selecting Mike Minor with the #7 pick in the draft, the Braves took Princeton right-handed pitcher David Hale in the third round with the 87 pick. Hale was ranked as the 28th-best right-handed pitching prosepct in the draft by Baseball America, and 76th overall, and considered second-round talent.

Hale sports a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90's to go along with a plus slider. He played both center field and pitcher in college, so concentrating solely on pitching should help him harness his raw pitching talent. He may project as more of a reliever down the road.

Here is a video of Hale pitching at Princeton: