June 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
A few notes about Braves’ draftees.
- Braves’ first-rounder Sean Gilmartin will get the start in Florida State’s super regional opener against Texas A&M. The game is Saturday June 11th at 4:30 PM EST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
- The Braves have signed 13th rounder Tony Mueller. He was expected to sign quickly. He’ll likely report to extended Spring Training to tune up before he starts his pro career in either Danville or Orlando later this month.
- Braves’ 11th rounder Seth Moranda “said he’d turn pro if the money was right” [fresnobee.com]. Since the money is unlikely to be right I figure the Braves don’t have much of a shot at signing him.
- Meanwhile, the Braves probably have a much better shot at signing 41st rounder Keelin Rasch. Also in that article is confirmation that the Braves would convert Rasch to a catcher as a pro if they sign him. He’d played 3rd base in high school and has a plus arm.
- The Braves’ 14th round pick ended up being one of the best prospects they ended up taking: Vanderbilt closer Navery Moore. He has a year of college eligibility remaining, so I figured he’d be tough to sign away. However, the Braves do have something working in their favor: ““It’s definitely exciting when you can get drafted to a team that has previous Vanderbilt players there and creates that comfortable atmosphere,” Moore said.” If Atlanta a) signs his set-up man (6th rounder Mark Lamm), b) sells him on their development plan, and c) gives him an opportunity to both sign and finish his degree, they might have a chance of signing him. That would be a huge boost to their draft class.
- From 3rd rounder Kyle Kubitza’s twitter feed:
Whether this is an indication that he’s signed or a reaction to the news that he’s been drafted I don’t know–the update was posted around 2 PM EST today.
UPDATE: Kubitza tells another twitter user that he has officially signed.