Like most other recent mock drafts the top few picks remain consistent. Casey Mize to Detroit, Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart to San Francisco, Alec Bohm to Philadelphia, and Nick Madrigal to the Chicago White Sox.
Things are setting up well for the Braves to take Nolan Gorman yet again, but then the surprise comes. Instead of Gorman the pick is Florida prep right hander Carter Stewart and his almost cartoon like curve ball.
“Who in the league is more equipped to bet on a high-upside prep righthander than the Braves? The team’s track record of developing arms tracks back into the previous century, scouting director Brian Bridges and senior advisor Roy Clark have a tendency to take arms high in the class and first-year Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos was in charge of the Blue Jays when the team took prep righties like Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez and then-high schooler Brady Singer.
If there is a team that is both willing and able to take advantage of one of the strengths of the class it’s the Braves. They have their pick of the class here, though other prep arms, as well as Kelenic, Gorman and McClanahan could make sense. It’s also worth noting that Anthopoulos, Bridges and Clark were at a recent Cole Wilcox-Anthony Seigler playoff matchup, where Seigler went 3-for-4 against Wilcox with a pair of doubles. Both seem rich here currently, but that is a lot of decision-making heat.”
No pitcher at ANY level this year averages a higher spin rate with his curve than Carter Stewart. Behold. 78-79 mph. Filthy. Up to 93. pic.twitter.com/mI8sM64zGu— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) August 14, 2017
I personally love this pick as Stewart has huge upside and that curve is just filthy. He could potentially be a difference maker as a starter, or even as a reliever if starting doesn’t work out.
As far as other players tied to the Braves, Jarred Kelenic goes 10th, Cole Winn 11th, Nolan Gorman 13th, Ethan Hankins 15th, and Kumar Rocker 33rd overall.
Local prep catcher Anthony Seigler went 22nd and pitcher Cole Wilcox 27th to round out the players with local ties.