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The 2019 MLB Draft is just two days away and our latest FanPulse results show that Atlanta Braves fans are confident heading into the big event. Last week, 80 percent of FanPulse voters said they are confident that the Braves front office will make a good pick. Additionally, 60 percent of the voters said that they would prefer a college player, who would be closer to the majors, over a higher ceiling high school player in the draft.
On that note, fan confidence in the direction of the team rose again this week as the Braves completed a successful road trip through St. Louis and San Francisco climbing two percentage points to 86 percent.
Brian Snitker’s approval rating dipped from 83 percent last week to 82 percent this week but remains strong. It is worth pointing out that voting closed before the Braves suffered a two-game sweep to the Nationals and lost Friday’s series opener against the Tigers so next week’s results could see a drop depending on how the remainder of the weekend unfolds.
This week’s FanPulse national question also involved the draft and whether or not it should include international prospects. The international market has been a subject of angst for the Braves in recent years as they were recently hit with some harsh penalties for some transgressions made by the previous front office regime. Not surprisingly, 74 percent of voters think that international players should be included in the MLB Draft. It remains to be seen whether or not Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association can find enough common ground to make that happen.
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