With the 5th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft the Atlanta Braves selected Kyle Wright, a pitcher from Vanderbilt University. With the exception of the San Diego Padres picking top prep arm, MacKenzie Gore, this draft could not have fallen better any better in favor the Braves. The Twins selected Royce Lewis 1st overall, the Reds picked the electric Hunter Greene 2nd, the Padres of course picked the aforementioned Gore 3rd, and the Rays selected Louisville 1B/LHP Brendan McKay, who fell from atop of draft boards, 4th overall. That clearly put the Braves in position to either select Wright or top prep OF Austin Beck. Coppy and the front office opted to further load the farm system with pitching as they selected the Vandy star pitcher.
Wright is built solidly as he stands in at 6’4″ and tips the scales at 220 pounds. He is armed with a low to mid 90s fastball that can top out at 97 MPH, a solid curve and slider, a changeup that could use some work on it, and a newly developed 2-seam fastball that he can command on both sides of the plate.
If he has anything to work on it would have to be his command and his consistency as he was a bit up and down this season for Vanderbilt. Nonetheless this is a great pick at #5.
Going forward for Wright, expect him to start off in either Low or High-A and work from there. The Braves have aggressively pushed their top pitching prospects as of late especially with Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka, so do not be surprised if Wright is in Double or Triple-A in 2018. Once he gets to the bigs he looks be a solid top of the rotation guy and at worst a back end rotation option or a long reliever. Either way, Wright looks like he will become another stud in an already loaded Atlanta pitching farm system.