The Braves finalized their draft class by selecting Texas Longhorns right-hander Bryce Elder 156th, officially taking a college prospect with every selection they made in the shortened draft.
Elder served as Texas’ top starter the last two seasons, posting elite production. He is a very polished prospect and Jim Callis believes he has one of the best sliders in the draft class and at the very least should be a back-end MLB starter.
Unlike the other prospects who seemed to be selected much higher than projected, Elder was a great perceived value at 156th overall. He was MLB.com’s 109th ranked prospect, so there is a good chance Atlanta is going to come in over slot to sign him.
Elder primarily uses offspeed stuff and is not going to blow anyone away with his velocity, with his two most commonly used pitches being his sinker and two-seamer. However, he throws strikes and is a competitor. It seems the Braves got a good arm to round out the class.