Braves: Recap of Day Two of the 2021 MLB Draft

Ian Mejia

After filling out individual profiles for each of Atlanta’s first five picks, I wanted to give some shine to the other five players that were selected yesterday. If you want to read up about the early guys, their prospect reports are listed below:


Round 1, Pick 26: RHP Ryan Cusick, Wake Forest

Round 2, Pick 59: RHP/SS Spencer Schwellenbach, Nebraska

Round 3, Pick 96: LHP Dylan Dodd, Southeast Missouri State

Round 4, PIck 126: SS Cal Conley, Texas Tech

Round 5, Pick 157: SS Luke Waddell, Georgia Tech


Round 6, Pick 187: 3B Justyn-Henry Malloy, Georgia Tech

Back to back Yellow Jackets in this draft, and the Vanderbilt transfer Malloy is similar to his teammate Luke Waddell in a way — both guys get on base at a high clip. He’s a pretty well-rounded player that needs some development, but it appears the Braves trust their ability to get the most out of him.


Round 7, Pick 217: RHP/3B AJ Smith-Shawver, Colleyville Heritage High School

Smith-Shawver’s scouting report reminds me a LOT of Austin Riley, which is probably going to become a trope on here for me. Still, as a two-way high school player, Smith-Shawver has impressive power and can touch 90+ MPH on the mound. It will be interesting to see if the Braves decide to develop him as an infielder, pitcher, or both.


Round 8, Pick 247: OF Tyler Collins, McKinney Boyd High School

Another Texas High Schooler, Collins is likely a player the Braves spent a little extra dough on after drafting some college players early on. Collins is blazing fast and has some nice bat speed; the Braves have a very raw but very talented ball of clay to work with if they can sign him.


Round 9, Pick 277: C Liam McGill, Bryant University

From what I have seen on McGill, he’s got some pop in his bat and a move to a corner outfield spot or first base is likely in his future. Still, the Braves pick up another senior college bat, maybe to prepare for a big move on day three.


Round 10, Pick 307: RHP Dylan Spain, University of Hawaii-Hilo

Spain is another senior signing, and while I couldn’t find much on him, he has some decent numbers and size at 6’6 and 205 pounds. He started a game that clinched Hawaii-Hilo’s first winning season in 27 years.

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