June 10, 2010 at 6:35 am by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
With a new scouting director, little publicity, and an uncertain financial situation, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the 2010 draft. After 51 selections it is finally complete and to say the least it’s quite different from previous drafts.
Not everything was different, though. The first similarity between this draft and recent ones was their inclination to take more signable players. They did deviate some from this philosophy in the middle rounds–taking a string of difficult signs between ~15 and ~25–but overall the trend was to select players that wish to sign. Also, the trend established last year was to take more college players and it continued in 2010, as 38 of the Braves’ selections were from a 2 or 4 year college.
That’s about where the similarities end, though. The Braves took more position players (30) than pitchers (21) this year, something we’re not used to. Of the 21 pitchers selected, only four were left handed. Granted the draft was short on left-handed pitching, but it’s still a surprise to see the Braves select so little. Also, this was one of the more diverse drafts in recent memory. The Braves were all over California (8) and Texas (7) and gave their usual attention to the southeast (14), but selected only one player from the state of Georgia. Surprising, however, is their presence in the northeast (9) and midwest (6).
Here are some visualizations of the draftee distributions:
I won’t be giving a write up on each player, I’m not informed enough to. I will, instead, provide you with this biographical information (Cur = Curaçao, Que = Quebec) on the 51 selections. As the players sign and we hear more about them/I see them, I’ll have more.