Braves select LHP Dylan Dodd with their third pick in the 2021 MLB Draft

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The Braves have taken Southeast Missouri State Arm Dylan Dodd with the 96th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft:

Dodd is a former fourth-round selection back in 2016, and the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-American is a player to be excited about. Dodd was fantastic in 2021, pitching over 96 innings and only allowing 34 earned runs and a 1.05 WHIP. Dodd struck out 11.9 batters per nine innings, and while he’s prone to giving up some hits, it’s because he throws a lot of strikes.

We saw the Braves take a two-way player in Spencer Schwellenbach in the second round, but Dodd has moved from two-way to only focusing on pitching. Dodd has a good four-pitch mix, with his changeup being his best pitch. His fastball isn’t incredible, but it has touched 95 at times. Dodd’s slider and curveball still need some development, but he just turned 23 years old. Dodd is a good athlete and even held the Arkansas Razorbacks to two runs over six innings in an outing this season. I think he’s a pretty safe pick, and the Braves should have fun developing this kid.

Welcome to Atlanta, Dylan!

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