Braves: Scouting report for each Day 2 selection in the 2022 MLB Draft

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The Braves were busy on Day 1, selecting four pitchers — three of them coming from the high school ranks. On Day 2, Atlanta kicked things off with three college bats:

Round 3, Pick 96: C Drake Baldwin — Missouri State

Baldwin’s best tool is his offense, and he’s a good athlete behind the plate. Baldwin was a top-notch hockey player in Wisconsin, so there’s some athletic upside there to evolve into a plus defender. He notched a 21-game hit streak in 2022, batting .298 with four home runs. The Braves need a lot of help at catcher; it may be their thinnest position in the minors.

Round 4, Pick 125: 3B David McCabe — UNC Charlotte

McCabe is a switch-hitting power hitter that may transition to first base. He posted a 1.297 OPS in 2022 and a 1.135 OPS in 2021. At 6’4 and 230 pounds, there’s a lot of upside there as a power bat.

Round 5, Pick 155: 3B Ignacio Alvarez — Riverside City College (CA)

Not a ton of scouting reports out on Alvarez, but the Braves must see something with this kid. He slashed .370/.494/.582 and had 25 extra base hits in 48 games. He’s barely 19, so he’s a long-term project for the Braves to work with in the lower levels of the minors. There’s some athletic and defensive upside to develop as well.

Round 6, Pick 185: RHP Seth Keller — Hanover HS (VA)

The 2021-2022 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Virginia, Keller is an Old Dominion commit. He struck out 16 batters in the National High School invitational, which really helped his draft stock. He’s a smaller pitcher, but he has a good three-pitch mix for his age. Keller has a quick delivery with projection for more velocity as he grows into his body.

Round 7, Pick 215: RHP Adam Maier — Oregon

Maier is another Canadian; he’s a raw player but pitched well in the Cape Cod League. Coming off of injury, he’s a good athlete with a really good spin rate. He only notched 15.2 innings at Oregon, so the Braves must see a lot of projectability here. There seems to be a ton of upside with his offspeed offerings:

Round 8, Pick 245: RHP Jason Franks — Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CA)

Franks actually played club baseball before making his college team, so there isn’t much information on the fifth-year Senior.

Round 9, Pick 275: 2B Cory Acton — Georgia

Finally, someone I’m familiar with. The Florida transfer posted a .796 OPS in 2022, and he profiles as a utility guy if he ever reaches his potential in the majors. Plays very hard.

Round 10, Pick 305: C Andrew Keck — Southeast Missouri State

2021’s third-round pick, Dylan Dodd, also came from Missouri State. Interestingly enough, Keck stole 17 bases as a catcher. He has great power but needs some work defensively behind the plate.

 

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