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The Daily Chop: Andres Galarraga, MLB Draft history and more

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New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves

The 2020 MLB Draft will get underway Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET and it may in fact be the only baseball related event that we have this year given the current state of negotiations between the league and the players. We have a lot of draft coverage planned for the upcoming week so be sure to check in daily.

Atlanta Braves News

Twenty one years ago Sunday, John Smoltz homered and notched strikeout number 2,000 in a win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Smoltz would end his career with 3,084 career strikeouts.

Sunday’s flashback went back to the 2014 season and a wild game that resulted in a walk-off loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A little more history as MLB.com’s Will Leitch looks back on the career of Andres Galarraga in his “Better than you remember” series.

MLB Draft

A couple of new mock drafts came out this week with The Athletic’s Keith Law projecting high school right-hander Jared Kelley to the Braves with pick No. 25. Additionally, MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo has Texas Tech right-hander Clayton Beeter going to Atlanta in the first round.

Two great articles from Andrew Simon at MLB.com. First, is a look at every top pick since 1965 and who should have gone at No. 1. The Braves missed out on Cal Ripken Jr. in 1978 but nailed 1990 with the selection of Chipper Jones. Simon also looked at the biggest miss at each of the top 30 Draft slots. Luckily, the Braves didn’t make this list.