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The Daily Chop: 2020 MLB Draft preview, Marcell Ozuna and more

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We are just four days away from the 2020 MLB Draft and while it will certainly take on a different look with just five rounds, it remains a critical element for the Atlanta Braves as they attempt to restock their minor league system. Atlanta has seen the likes of Ronald Acuña Jr, Ozzie Albies, Mike Soroka and Austin Riley graduate from prospect status. Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson, Cristian Pache and Drew Waters should soon follow.

The Braves have some intriguing names down in the lower levels of the minors but recent graduations combined with their international sanctions have left parts of their system depleted. They will be looking to add four names to the mix during the 2020 MLB Draft that gets underway next Wednesday. Mark Bowman put together a solid preview of the draft at MLB.com on Friday with some comments from GM Alex Anthopoulos.

“I think the process is going to go the exact same way as it has in the past. You’re still taking the best player available. You don’t want to overweigh small sample sizes. You’re really trying to thread the needle on a lot of these guys. So that’s probably been the biggest challenge. Basically, the information is incomplete, but you still have to make the same determination.”

A lot of mock drafts seem to think that Atlanta will go with a college arm early and then focus on higher ceiling high school talent late which is similar to their strategy from last season.

More Braves News

Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was reportedly involved in a domestic incident that led to his wife being arrested. Per the report, Ozuna suffered a facial injury after he was struck with a soap dish. The injury was described as a small laceration according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabe Burns. The Athletic’s David O’Brien added that Ozuna has continued his daily workouts.

Friday was the 12-year anniversary of Chipper Jones becoming just the third switch-hitter ever to hit at least 400 home runs. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian took a look back at Chipper whom former teammate Mark Teixeira called “the smartest hitter I’ve ever played with.”

We wrapped up our look at the Braves’ minor league system depth with an inspection of the top left-handed pitchers led by Kyle Muller and Tucker Davidson.

MLB News

Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez has returned to the United States and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery soon. Dominguez made his last appearance for the Phillies back on June 5, 2019.

Matt Harvey is looking for another chance and has recently made known that he’s throwing regular bullpen sessions. While it remains to be seen whether or not he will get another major league offer, he has received some interest from the KBO and is open to the idea of signing there.