10 Position Players Atlanta Braves Should Target in the 2013 Draft
School: Serra H.S. (Calif.)
Law's Top 100: 52
Speaking of projection, Jordan Paroubeck is an incredibly raw but incredibly talented player. He possesses excellent bat speed that could hit for average, and he will hit for a lot of power once his frame fills out.
He won't be able to stick in center field, as he will likely move to left where his arm is more suited. His speed will make him a good defensive left fielder though.
Paroubeck is definitely a project, but has the upside of being a regular power hitter and has the high ceiling of a potential star.
Law's Top 100: 15
Austin Wilson has raw power and an improving swing that make him a very solid selection. While he is an advanced college bat, the outfielder from Stanford has enough development to make with his batting and fielding tools to progress in the minors until a spot opens up in the Atlanta outfield.
Elbow injuries, however, may cause him to fall, perhaps all the way to Atlanta. Keith Law of ESPN.com has the Yankees selecting Wilson at No. 26.
School: Fresno State
Law's Top 100: 17
Aaron Judge, who stands at 6'7" and 255 pounds, is a very intriguing prospect due to his mammoth power. He isn't Giancarlo Stanton, but Judge too combines a nice blend of athleticism and brute strength. His glove is adequate and his arm is good, making his defense passable enough to stick in an outfield corner.
He will have to improve on his plate discipline and batting technique, though, if he wants to hit in the heart of an order someday.
Keith Law of ESPN.com has Judge falling to St. Louis at No. 28.
School: Yukon H.S. (Okla.)
Law's Top 100: 22
Jonathan Denney is intriguing because of his contrast with top Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt.
Where Bethancourt is an elite defensive catcher looking to improve his offensive game, Denney has a balanced and direct swing that generates average and power.
His problem, though, lies in his catching. If he can elevate his defensive skills, Denney could develop into an all-star behind the plate with his great bat. If not, he could be looking for a change of position.
Keith Law has the Yankees taking Denney at No. 32.
School: Notre Dame
Law's Top 100: 26
"Polished" would be the word to describe Eric Jagielo's advanced collegiate bat. He isn't particularly explosive, but he hits everything hard and owns a swing that can hit for average and power.
Unless his development makes a sudden spike, Jagielo won't be anything special, but he could play a solid third base every day for the Braves a couple of years down the road.
Law has the Giants selecting Jagielo with the 25th pick.
School: Plano West H.S. (Texas)
Law's Top 100: 28
Billy McKinney has exactly one way to get to the major leagues: his bat.
With a below-average glove and set of wheels, McKinney is going to have to hit and hit well.
Fortunately for him, though, he has a great left-handed swing with incredible bat speed that will produce a high average and some power.
Keith Law of ESPN.com has Cincinnati selecting McKinney at No. 27.
School: Red Wing H.S. (Minnesota)
Law's Top 100: 39
Ryan Boldt has middle-of-the-first-round talent, sporting tools that project him to hit for average in the leadoff spot, field well in center and steal a few bags.
However, a knee injury, coupled with his lack of power and a fringe arm, knocked him clear out of the first round of Keith Law's mock draft.
Atlanta is currently developing Justin Black in the low minors with the hopes of cultivating a top-of-the-order catalyst, but given the current state of the Braves' hitting prospects, adding any talent at all would be beneficial.
School: Winder-Barrow H.S. (Georgia)
Law's Top 100: 44
With great bat speed and lots of raw power for an infielder, Travis Demeritte has a chance to refine his hitting tools and become an offensive force.
Demeritte won't stay at shortstop as he climbs the minor league ladder, but he will stay in the infield, possibly moving to third base.
ESPN.com's Keith Law has the Rangers jumping on Demeritte at No. 23.
School: Parkview H.S. (Georgia)
Law's Top 100: 50
Josh Hart has a lot of speed with his bat and his legs. If he can learn how to play center field, he has a shot of making the big leagues.
His swing is short, but he lacks power. If he can add strength and drive the ball, he'll really elevate his prospects moving forward.
Right now, though, it's a lot more about Hart's projection than what he has shown.
School: Serra H.S. (Calif.)
Law's Top 100: 52
Speaking of projection, Jordan Paroubeck is an incredibly raw, but incredibly talented, player. He possesses excellent bat speed that could hit for average and he will hit for a lot of power once his frame fills out.
He won't be able to stick in center field, as he will likely move to left, where his arm is more suited. His speed will make him a good defensive left fielder, though.
Paroubeck is definitely a project, but he has the upside of being a regular power hitter and has the high ceiling of a potential star.
School: Riverwood H.S. (Atlanta)
Law's Top 100: 68
Terry McClure is an explosive athletic specimen with strength and lots of speed. His swing is made for loft and length, but if adjusted, it possesses the kind of bat speed that will make McClure an absolute steal in the second or third round.
His range in the outfield is incredible, and his arm is accurate with the potential for strength, making him a potential center fielder of the future for the Braves.