First-round college draft prospects the Braves could be interested in

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The 2022 MLB Draft is closer than we think, and with college baseball entering postseason play, it is time to look at some potential Braves targets. I’m focusing on college prospects because as of late, Atlanta has loaded up on guys out of college rather than high school.

Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga

Gabriel Hughes, a Sophomore at Gonzaga, is currently projected to fall to the Braves by MLB’s website. It would be a prototypical Braves pick, as they’ve tended to take college pitchers early on. Hughes has performed well at Gonzaga, posting a sparkling 2.62 ERA so far this year with an elite 13.7 K/9 ratio. While it may be tough to lure him away from school — his Gonzaga bio mentions plans to attend medical school — Atlanta could try and go over-slot to sign him.

The 6’4” righty has the results on paper, and MLB’s scouting report reveals that he has a plus fastball to go along with an above average slider and changeup. I’d be thrilled if the Braves snagged him.

Logan Tanner, C, Mississippi State

After trading Shea Langeliers to the Athletics in the Matt Olson deal, Atlanta has no catchers in their top 30 prospects. Drafting Logan Tanner would alleviate that concern. Tanner’s scouting grades are reminiscent of Langeliers — both were graded as powerful plus-plus arms that can do some damage at the dish. 

Tanner is having a brilliant season at Mississippi State, hitting .285 with seven homers for the Bulldogs. Additionally, he has keen plate vision, drawing 79 walks over his collegiate career compared to just 100 strikeouts. With so few catchers in the minors that move the needle, the Braves would be wise to draft one early this year.

Jud Fabian, OF, Florida

The Braves have many bright prospects in the outfield at all levels — Michael Harris and Drew Waters being two of the most well-known. Even outside of those two, there’s underrated players like Jesse Franklin, Trey Harris and Landon Stephens. However, Jud Fabian may be too talented to pass up.

The Gators outfielder, projected to go in the late first round, has lit up pitching while also cutting back on strikeout worries in his senior year. He’s hit 20 homers and dropped his strikeout rate nearly 10% this season. 



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