MLB Pipeline names preferred draft pick for Braves
I think the Braves had a pretty solid draft, and I definitely see their vision. We won’t really know how this class is overall for a few years, but the Braves have strayed from their usual strategy of seeking college talent in the early rounds. I get why, they have a bit of a blockage and they need to develop guys in the lower minor levels. MLB Pipeline is a big fan of one of their overslot signings – second-round pick Cole Phillips
With the 2022 draft over, it’s time to take a closer look at what happened.
Here are Pipeline’s favorite picks, one from each team: https://t.co/JxYZiwDB0t pic.twitter.com/uiGnJTYDKZ
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 22, 2022
Personally, I agree with Pipeline in their assessment of Phillips. When you’re a team that lacks top talent, you have to take chances with guys like that.
The Texas native had an up arrow next to his name this spring until he had Tommy John surgery in April. Before that, he regularly hit the upper 90s with a running fastball, allowing scouts to put a plus-plus rating on his fastball. A low 80s breaking ball with good depth gave him another above average throw, and he showed good strike throwing ability for his height at 6-foot-3. The surgery may have scared off the teams that picked the No. 57, but Phillips’ tricks could be a big advantage for Atlanta in the second round.
Another signing that might be in the conversation is Oregon right-hander Adam Maier. He’s a guy who could have gone back to school and been a first-round pick next year, but the Braves saved a lot of money and gave him a huge bonus to come to Atlanta:
The Braves agreed to terms with seventh-rounder Adam Maier (#215 overall) for $1,200,000 (slot value: $215,400), per @jimcallisMLB.
Here’s where Atlanta’s draft signings stand: https://t.co/7UlyNHVgdT pic.twitter.com/9cdRP3lsq9
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 23, 2022
Either way, the Braves have been very aggressive in filling out a farm system that is undoubtedly bottom of the league.