The minor league season is coming to a close, and the Braves got some notable contributions from their 2021 draft class. As usual, I trust Alex Anthopoulos with these picks, and he continued to target talented college players to help replenish a farm system that has graduated a lot of talent. So far, many of these guys are paying serious dividends. I already covered the top ten picks:
Round 11, Pick 337: LHP Adam Shoemaker, St. Benedict Catholic SS (ON)
Key Stats: 2 GS, 5.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP
Pretty small sample size in the FCL, and Shoemaker is still very young. The Braves picked him with their first pick on the second day of the draft, so they are obviously very high on his potential.
Round 12, Pick 367: RHP Andrew Hoffmann, Illinois
Key Stats: 7 GS, 29.2 IP, 2.73 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 11.2 K/9
Hoffmann had a great debut in Augusta; he started strong with seven shutout innings in his debut. The Braves got a lot of work out of him, and he had a very encouraging start for a 12th round pick.
Round 13, Pick 397: C Adam Zebrowski, St John Fisher College (NY)
Key Stats: .218/.306/.291/.597, 4 2B
The college catcher Zebrowski didn’t show a ton of pop at the plate, but he only notched 55 at-bats in Augusta. He did, however, throw out 11 of 29 would-be base stealers.
Round 14, Pick 427: SS Caleb Durbin, Washington
Key Stats: .268/.339/.304/.642, 1 3B, 12 SB
The speedy Durbin swiped a couple of bags in the FCL, and he made a decent amount of solid contact over 17 games. He also had no errors at shortstop and second base over 119 innings, which is an excellent sign from a younger player.
Round 15, Pick 457: OF Christian Robinson, Stanford
Key Stats: .262/.304/.346/.650, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB
I really liked the value of scooping Robinson in the 15th round, and he got off to a good start at the plate in Augusta. He shuffled all around the outfield and manned multiple positions, as well.
Round 16, Pick 487: LHP Kris Anglin, Howard College (TX)
Key Stats: 3 GS, 11.1 IP, 2.38 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 15 K
Anglin only got a couple of innings in the FCL, but he made the most of them. He gave up six walks, but opposing batters only hit .154 against him.
Round 17, Pick 517: C Tyler Tolve, Kennesaw State
Key Stats: .287/.340/.437/.777, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR
The homegrown product Tolve got off to a nice start in Augusta, and he looks to be a solid depth pickup in the 17th round. Tolve did only throw out 2 of 19 potential base stealers, but his offense is encouraging.
Round 18, Pick 547: RHP Austin Smith, Arizona
Key Stats: 8 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 10 SO
After a few bullpen appearances, Smith was placed on the 7-day injured list, but he looked to be fairly solid early on in Augusta. All four of his earned runs came in one appearance before he was shut down.
Round 19, Pick 577: LHP Samuel Strickland, Samford
Key Stats: 12.1 IP, 8.03 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 1 SV, 13 K
Strickland’s numbers aren’t pretty, but he had two outings when he gave up five of his 11 earned runs twice. One of them was his first outing. Over the other six innings, he only allowed three hits, one run, and one walk.
Round 20, Pick 607: OF Ty Evans, Lakeland Christian School (FL)
Key Stats: N/A
Evans was the only pick the Braves did not sign.