Braves select Carter Stewart 8th overall

The rich got richer in Atlanta on Monday night, as the Braves added another high school arm with ace potential in Carter Stewart.

Stewart is a right-handed pitcher out of Eau Gallie High School in Florida. It looks like he was created in a pitching laboratory. He has everything it takes to be a star in this league. He is intimidating and long at 6’6″, and he throws 98 to go with arguably the best curveball in this class. Stewart was #2 on Keith Law’s big board and is considered to be the top high school pitching prospect in this draft.

Stewart was dominant in his Senior season, compiling a 0.91 ERA and 128 strikeouts. He has a commitment to Mississippi State but it is unlikely he goes now for obvious reasons. He also grew up a Braves fan.

Alex Anthopolous’ first pick as Braves general manager certainly looks promising. At this point, the Braves may never have to spend money on a free agent pitcher for another decade.

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