The Braves went against the grain in this year’s draft focusing on college bats early and often. They chose Shea Langeliers 9th overall out of Baylor and Braden Shewmake 21st overall out of Texas A&M with their two first-round picks. Today, they added both of them to the Rome Braves roster.
The Rome Braves return from the All-Star break at home against Hagerstown tonight at 7:00 ET. Langeliers, who is an outstanding defensive catching prospect, should be behind the plate. At 21-years-old, the Braves think he could be a quick riser through the organization.
Shewmake was a shortstop for the Aggies, and that’s likely where he will play in Rome. Although, after drafting him, the Braves said they could see him playing anywhere in the infield. The organization also believes Shewmake should rise quickly through the system considering his college experience.