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2018 MLB Mock Draft: FanGraphs projects Nolan Gorman to Atlanta Braves

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Another new mock draft was released today and once again Arizona prep 3B Nolan Gorman is the Braves selection.

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There is another new mock draft with the Braves selecting the same player. This one by Fangraphs writers Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen and the player being Arizona prep third baseman Nolan Gorman.

The Gorman to the Braves pick was just connected on by MLB.com, and he has been mentioned as a guy the Braves have been looking at for a while.

In the Fangraphs mock, the top two picks remain the same as most other recent mocks. That being Casey Mize first to Detroit and Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart second to San Francisco. At this time Mize is a near lock to go first and I would be comfortable pencilling in Bart second overall.

The 3-5 picks are also familiar as Alec Bohm goes third to Philly, the White Sox take Nick Madrigal fourth, and Brady Singer falls to the Reds. These guys seem to be separating themselves into that second tier of picks behind Mize and Bart, and the possibility that one drops to the Braves seems to be fading by the day.

The first real change here is the Mets picking sixth taking South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty. This is a change but not a surprise as Swaggerty is widely expected to be around the Top 10. The next pick is a surprise and not just because the Padres are taking someone other than Matthew Liberatore. Fangraphs has the Friars taking Tennessee prep lefty Ryan Weathers- son of David Weathers.

That puts the Braves up at eight with Liberatore, Jonathan India, Jarred Kelenic, and the three big prep arms they have been connected to: Ethan Hankins, Kumar Rocker, and Carter Stewart. Instead Fangraphs mocks Nolan Gorman, the Arizona prep slugger.

Per Fangraphs:

”It’s still unclear what the Braves’ draft direction will be under a new GM, but they’ve been tied to all the usual prep names this spring aside from Bart, who won’t make it this far. California prep righty Cole Winn is in play starting around this pick, and Kelenic is also being considered, along with a number of other prep arms.”

Among the other guys connected to the Braves, Carter Stewart goes 10th, Kelenic 13th, and Cole Winn goes 19th. The two big Georgia prep arms drop in a big way, as Kumar Rocker is picked at 38th overall, and Ethan Hankins drops all the way from potential top overall pick to 42nd overall.

Among local prep kids pitcher Cole Wilcox goes 16th, catcher Anthony Seigler goes 30th, and outfielder Parker Meadows goes 32nd.