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Braves select shortstop Beau Philip with the 60th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft

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With the Braves second round selection, the Braves went off the board a bit and snagged a college shortstop.

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With their second round pick (60th overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Atlanta Braves selected shortstop Beau Philip out of Oregon State.

Philip performed well for Oregon State against decent college competition in slashing .312/.362/.475 for OSU this year. He has some speed on the basepaths, although that showed up more in his junior college days than in his time in the Pac-12. He has also shown some ability at shortstop where he should be able to stick thanks to a really strong throwing arm and good range to both sides and decent instincts on balls hit his way.

The less good news is that he has a top of the order hitter’s skillset but he hasn’t demonstrated the ability to draw a lot of walks and breaking stuff is known to give him fits at the plate. Baseball America had him ranked as the #254 ranked draft prospect in this class. The Braves obviously thought enough of him to grab him in the second round, so here is hoping that the media consensus was wrong on Philip.