Seven Up: The Atlanta Braves Best Draft Picks of This Decade

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Seven Up: The Atlanta Braves Best Draft Picks of This Decade

The Major League Draft is fast approaching, so it's time to take a look at some of the best picks the Braves have made over the past 10 years. We can only hope the Braves do as well this year.

Honorable Mentions

Jonny Venters – 30th round pick in 2003 has been great so far in 2010 (1.29 ERA in 21 innings) and has the potential to be a good LOOGY for years to come. That late in the draft, any MLB player is a pretty good value.

Tyler Flowers – 33rd round pick in 2005 (also drafted by Atlanta in the 27th round of the 2004 draft) has barely played in the majors and is struggling this year in AAA, but he was the main piece that brought us Javy Vazquez

To Be Determined

Mike Minor – First round pick in 2009 hasn’t been as good as expected (ERA wise) in 2010 but has seemingly become a strikeout artist and is tied for the minor league lead with 80.

Freddie Freeman – Second round pick in 2007 has major potential, and could eventually be a star for the Braves at first base.

Craig Kimbrel – Fourth round pick in 2008 (also drafted by Atlanta in the 33rd round of the 2007 draft) could be closing in Atlanta as early as next season. I think he has all the tools to be just as good as Drew Storen.

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