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Atlanta Braves 2013 Mock Draft: Projecting Their Top-5 First-Round Targets
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The June 6-8 2013 MLB draft is quickly approaching with teams doing final prep work for the event.

So much of the Braves' success depends on having a strong farm system, and building through the draft plays a large role in having just that.

The Atlanta Braves hold the No. 31 pick in the first round of this year's draft as compensation for losing Michael Bourn to the Cleveland Indians (the Braves forfeited their original first pick at No. 29 by signing B.J. Upton).

They could go a number of different directions with the pick.

The Braves have selected pitchers with three of their last four first-round picks with two (Mike Minor, Sean Gilmartin) out of the college ranks. However, over the last 10 years, the Braves have chosen the same number of positional players (4) as pitchers in the first round.

The Braves have also traditionally targeted the state of Georgia and the South in particular in the first round. Three of their past eight first-round picks have been out of Georgia, and the Braves haven't selected a player north of the Mason-Dixon line since Scott Thorman from Canada in 2000.

With the draft a few weeks away, here are a few prospects I see the Braves targeting in the first round.

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