The baseball folks over at Baseball America (BA) released their third mock draft this morning, and it is definitely worth a look. As you probably remember, Atlanta gave up their first round pick to sign Ervin Santana, but received a pick in the supplemental round (which is between the first and second round) for the loss of Brian McCann in free agency. This pick will be the 32nd overall.
So, who does BA think the Braves will be taking at pick #32?
32. BRAVES: The Braves have been tight-lipped. The board just keeps unfolding in a way that the prep lefthanders, such as Florida’s Foster Griffin and Alabama’s Cody Reed, make sense.
Projected Pick: LHP Foster Griffin
Surprise, surprise, it's another prep pitcher from the south! Griffin is a high school senior who reminds me a good bit of Lucas Sims from the left side, in terms of stature. He's a big kid, standing 6'5" with a commanding mound presence but only weighing 190 pounds. Scouts think he could fill out and add ticks to his fastball, which currently sits around 89-91 in game. In addition, he also tosses a changeup as his primary secondary and mixes in a curve as well. He's committed to play with Ole Miss in the fall, but a first round signing bonus would likely lure him away.
BA got eyes on Griffin earlier this year as well. You can read about it here, if you're curious to know more.
One last note which bears mentioning is that MLB mock drafts are essentially a fool's exercise. After the first few picks, teams' boards diverge wildly and it is almost impossible to say with any degree of certainty who teams will take. Baseball mocks that hit on more than 5-6 picks are very rare. All this is to say: don't get too excited about any one player. It's just as likely the Braves will take someone out of left field (perhaps literally?). The last time I remember a mock draft correctly picking Atlanta's selection was when the Braves took Jason Heyward. These are fun thought exercises, and there's always a chance they hit it right, but just keep in mind that they're just that, and nothing more.