Atlanta Braves MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks
The Atlanta Braves may be watching one era go out the door—Chipper Jones, while watching a new batch of players enter the fold at this year's MLB Draft.
Jones' time in the big leagues is coming close to an end, but there is no guarantee that he will be done with the Braves organization after 2012.
The Braves must continue to focus on potential stars of the future, which is what they will do at this year's draft.
Unfortunately for them, they own just one pick of the first round's 60 picks.
Here is a look at who could be donning the Braves uni's in the near future.
Round 1; Pick 19: Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood HS
The Atlanta Braves went for pitching in the first round of this year's MLB Draft, selecting Brookwood High School pitcher Lucas Sims.
The young right hand pitcher has a lot of potential, especially with his fastball. As per Bleacher Report's MLB Prospect Lead Blogger Mike Rosenbaum:
Sims is an athletic right-hander with repeatable mechanics and three above-average pitches. His fastball works best in the 92-94 mph range, where it generates some late sink and arm-side movement. This past summer, the right-hander’s fastball was clocked at 96-97 mph on multiple occasions.
He is best known for his curveball though, but if he can get some consistency from his fastball, the Braves will have one dangerous arm in their rotation for many years to come.
This will be an exciting prospect to watch, especially with so much promise already.
Round 2; 85: LHP Alex Wood, Georgia
The Atlanta Braves selected south paw Alex Wood from Georgia in the second round of the MLB Draft.
Wood was a red shirt sophomore this past season, and posted some solid numbers.
Here is an excerpt from the Georgia Bulldogs website:
Posted a 7-3 record, 2.73 ERA with just 21 walks and 100 strikeouts in 102.1 IP in 16 games, 15 starts, with 2 complete games in SEC action
Wood comes with some promising results, so the Braves may have grabbed themselves a stud who can put up some good numbers.
You also can't go wrong adding a lefty who can go the distance.
Round 3; 116: C Bryan De La Rosa, Olympic Heights HS
The Braves took their second high school player of the draft, selecting catcher Bryan De La Rosa of Olympic Heights High School.
De La Rosa is one of the top catchers in this year's draft, and according to ESPN's Jason Churchill, the Florida State commit has a lot of potential with the right moves.
De La Rosa, a Florida State commit, possesses solid bat speed, generated from good hip rotation and quick wrists. His pop times sit in the 1.7-1.75 range, which is excellent, and despite his lack of size — 5-foot-9, 180 pounds — there's some upside in his game. He'll have to get stronger in his upper body and continue to work on his technique behind the plate and approach at it, but the Puerto Rico native is likely to garner a lot of attention in the middle rounds of Day 2, if not before.
Sounds like the Braves may have come away with a steal here, but it will remain to be seen what his decision will be in terms of going to the minors or college.
Either way, De La Rosa is looking like a solid option in the near future.
Round 4, 149: CF Justin Black, Billings West HS
Round 5, 179: RF Blake Brown, Missouri
Round 6, 209: C Josh Elander, TCU
Round 7, 239: LHP David Starn, Kent State
Round 8, 269: RHP David Peterson, College of Charleston
Round 9, 299: RHP Steven Schills, Florida Tech
Round 10, 329: 3B Mike Dodig, Columbia Green CC
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