I continue to take a look at the players the Atlanta Braves have selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. The first ten picks can be found here. Below are picks 11 through 25. The Braves usually try to sign all of these players and get them into their system quickly.
11th Round (343): Alec Grosser, RHP @Alec_Del – Fifth-round talent, this is likely a pick where there Braves will go over slot and try to sign this two-way star away from his commitment to George Mason. Low-90s fastball, but raw and inconsistent. He’s the type of prospect who should benefit greatly from being in a system like the Braves that’s used to shaping talented high school pitchers. He was considered a possible tough signing, but the Braves were apparently able to work something out.
12th Round (373): Ryan Gunther, RHP @Gunther_7 — A senior starter from Charleston Southern. His statistics don’t stand out, but the Braves know the guys in the South better than any other team, so they must see something in him that makes them want to see more.
13th Round (403): Joseph Odom, C @ODOM_JOSEPH — A big and tall catcher out of Huntington College in Montgomery. He grew up a Braves fan, admiring the job that Javy Lopez had behind the plate. Like Javy, Odom has power to spare, and the Braves will look to make the most out of their newest home run hitting catcher.
14th Round (433): Tyler Kuresa, 1B — An 11th-round pick by the Twins out of high school in 2010. The intervening years have seen him fall in the eyes of scouts as his power has yet to materialize. He is still bubbling with potential, and it will be interesting to see if he’s ready to start his pro career and if the Braves will be able to tap into his talent.
15th Round (463): Matt Marksberry, LHP — Another pitcher who has already had Tommy John surgery. He actually shared a rehab facility with Reds pitcher Edison Volquez, who had TJ surgery the same summer, after Marksberry’s senior season in high school. He’s now a college senior reliever who throws in the mid-90s, with a good curveball.
16th Round (493): Michael Swanner, RHP — The junior closer at Pepperdine, he has a good sinking fastball he throws in the low-90s. He compliments that with a developing slider and good deception from a three-quarters arm slot. His older brother is a catcher in the Rockies system.
17th Round (523): Jared Dettmann, LHP — Picked out of high school in the 46th round by the Twins. He has spent the past two years at Century College, where his pitching coach is the Braves’ Midwest scout. He was originally an infielder, but an injury forced him to the bullpen where he has apparently been lights-out.
18th Round (553): Chuck Buchanan, LHP @ChuckBuchanan1 — A redshirt senior reliever from Cal State Bakersfield. He sat out 2011 as a transfer, and then missed part of 2012 with an apparent elbow injury. We’ll have to see if the Braves return him to the rotation or leave him in the bullpen.
19th Round (583): Jordan Sechler, LHP @JordanSechler – A senior lefty and ace of the Cal State Los Angeles staff, he has made his way up through the JuCo circuit to a four year school. The Braves will get him into their system and see what they’ve got.
20th Round (613): Tyler Vail, RHP — Not to be confused with the RHP Tyler Vail already in the A’s system. The Braves Tyler Vail is a junior college pitcher, already signed by Atlanta to a $75,000 bonus.
21st Round (643): Tyler Brosius, RHP @Tbrosh12 – The backup quarterback at NC State from 2011-2012, he transferred to Walters State Community College to return to playing baseball, something he hadn’t done since high school. The Braves love drafting players out of Walters State, and they see Brosius as a power arm who should be able to add even more velocity to his already 93mph fastball. Because of his baseball hiatus while playing football, he may come along slowly, but the Braves love his height and athleticism and should give him plenty of time.
22nd Round (673): Andrew Waszak, RHP @WazRooster5 — The senior ace for Michigan State is expected to sign quick and find his way into the rotation at Danville. He’s one of those college starters the Braves love to take and see what they can do in the pros. Most of the time they flame out, but every once in a while one of them figures it out.
23rd Round (703): Connor Oliver, OF — A JuCo freshman outfielder from Florida. He’s got some speed and power potential, but right now he’s mostly tools and projection, only a year removed from high school. He has already signed for $100,000, and will start his career with one of the Braves rookie ball teams.
24th Round (733): Orrin Sears, C @OrrinSears — A big senior catcher with decent power. He has moved up from the junior college ranks through the years. He needs some work behind the plate and on his throws to second, but he could be an interesting project, as there is plenty of power in his bat.
25th Round (763): Reed Harper, SS @harp17 — A senior shortstop out of Austin Peay in Tennessee, he is the brother of Braves relief prospect Ryne Harper, taken in the 37th round two years ago out of Austin Peay and currently with the Mississippi Braves. Ryne has quickly outperformed his draft stock, and the Braves hope his brother can do the same. He finishes his four-year career having not missed a game, and as the school leader in career hits. He’s tall for a shortstop, and will likely play all over the infield. His speed should also be an asset, and his makeup is off the charts.
26th Round (793): Dakota Dill, RHP @Dakota_Dill – A senior right-hander from Sul Ross University in Texas, he was previously at the University of Houston. Looks like he has a live arm and could work as a starter or as a reliever. He’s a big Texas kid at 6-foot-5, 220lbs.
27th Round (823): Jake Schrader, 1B @J_Schrader7 – Senior corner infielder at the University of Tampa. He has good power, and seems to have a good idea of the strike zone. The Braves drafted corner infielder Trenton Moses with their 26th pick last year, and he’s raking at Rome right now. The Braves seem to pluck an unheard of college bat around this spot every year.
So really it was 11-27, as I added two more reviews a day later. These will be the last reviews I do as 11 of the remaining 13 picks are prep players unlikely to sign, and the other two are JuCo players who may also go unsigned. If any of the remaining players do sign I’ll add their reviews to the list.