Much like ProspectsLive’s latest mock draft, the Braves have been mocked to select lefty Connor Prielipp out of Alabama with the 20th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft:
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Prielipp makes a ton of sense for the Braves; although he’s coming off an injury, he’s one of the best players in this class. Here’s what Jim Callis had to say about the pairing:
The Braves seem destined to take a college arm in the first round for the third straight Draft, with candidates including Prielipp, Hjerpe, Campbell, Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) and Thomas Harrington (Campbell). A potential No. 1 overall pick before he had Tommy John surgery in May 2021, Prielipp has suitors all over the first round and could be a steal here.
I agree, when you have a system like Atlanta’s that is graduating talent quickly, you take a chance on a guy like Prielipp. Hjerpe, who was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, would be my second choice here. I do think the pick will be one of the four guys listed above, as the Braves heavily target college talent. When you’re trying to replenish a farm system quickly, that’s very important. Teams that are in a championship window need guys who can contribute soon (see; Strider, Spencer). Prielipp fits that bill perfectly.
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