We are just a few days away from the 2020 MLB Draft and pundits are making their final projections for the big event. Over at The Athletic, Keith Law released his third first-round projection and projects high school pitcher Jared Kelley to the Atlanta Braves with the 25th pick of the first round.
I’ve heard they’re one of the few teams targeting high school pitching, and while it’s not necessarily for their first-round pick, they do like Kelley and could take him here as a “value” pick, since he was once forecast to go much higher.
Most of the speculation coming into the draft has been that the Braves would likely take an underslot college player in the first round and then try to load up on high school talent with their final three picks. That might go out the window though if Kelley were still available to them at No. 25.
Baseball America ranks Kelley as the 12th best prospect in the draft and says that “he is the most MLB-ready prep pitcher thanks to his current stuff and physicality.” His fastball is in the 97-99 mph range and he has a low-80s changeup that is a swing and miss offering. He is currently committed to playing at Texas.