We are just over two days away from the 2021 MLB Draft which will get underway Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. There still isn’t a consensus on what direction the Atlanta Braves might go and a lot will depend on who is available when they pick at No. 24. The Athletic’s Keith Law released his third Mock Draft Friday morning and projects Nebraska two-way player Spencer Schwellenbach to the Braves.
I just haven’t heard any other name linked to Atlanta this strongly all spring. I could see them going for the Tyler Black/Connor Norby group of college hitters (maybe Trey Sweeney or Ethan Wilson), or taking a different college arm like Jordan Wicks or Michael McGreevy, who I will forever think is the guitarist for Pearl Jam.
Opinions appear to be split on whether Schwellenbach would be better served as a pitcher or a shortstop. MLB Pipeline points out that many teams see him as a mid-rotation starter with three quality pitchers. Others think he could go in the first round as a shortstop.