Here is the last group of 2014 Atlanta Braves draft picks. Among these final 20 picks are a ton of high school players that will more than likely decline to sign with the team, therefore they are not listed here nor reviewed. If one of them does sign, they I’ll edit this post with their info.
To read reviews of the Braves previous 10 picks, click here.
21st Round (643): Jake Godfrey, CF @J_GoD55 — This prep outfielder was ranked 130th overall by Baseball America, 47th by Minor League Ball, and 70th by Keith Law. He’s committed to LSU, and by those pre-draft ranks he was clearly expected to go in the first few rounds. Odds are that he won’t sign, but if he does the Braves will probably have to go way over slot. Bleacher Report has an extensive scouting report on Godfrey here.
22nd Round (673): Sean Godfrey, CF — So far as I can determine, this Godfrey is no relation to the Godfrey drafted with the previous pick. Sean is a college senior from Ball State, and was ranked 239 by Baseball America, so the Braves got good value here from a guy who will sign because he’s a senior. He’s said to have good athletic ability, and can play center field and run the bases decently, but doesn’t posses any tool that grades as plus. He put together a neat video though:
23rd Round (703): Tanner Krietemeier, 1B @Tkriet_9 — The senior first baseman from Oklahoma State, he was a teammate of the Braves first round pick last year, Jason Hursh.
— Jason Hursh (@Jason_Hursh) June 7, 2014
Krietemeier looks like an average college slugging first baseman. He put up big numbers as a sophomore in Junior College, leading his team to win the JUCO World Series. His stats dropped-off once he hit Division-I, but he continued to post good power numbers.
24th Round (733): Kevin Reiher, C @ReiGuy11 — A senior catcher out of Prairie State in Illinois — that’s a new one for me, and with good reason. Reiher is the first player ever selected out of Prairie State. He’s a short 5-foot-9 (maybe 10). A decent college hitter who could have a really good arm for a catcher. He threw out 23 of 26 would-be base stealers this season.
25th Round (763): Kyle Kinman, LHP @kinman_kyle — A two-way player at Bellvue University in Nebraska. He put up big strikeout numbers his senior year, racking up 141 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched (13.7 K/G). He also hit for power, average, and showed speed on the bases, but with strikeout numbers like that the Braves will keep him on the mound.
26th Round (793): Trevor Sprowl, 2B — A junior out of Auburn University at Montgomery, the Braves have had their eye on Sprowl for some time. They also selected him in last year’s draft in the 33rd round when he was at Shelton State Community College (where his father Bobby was the coach). Based on his slash line this year (.292/.364/.395), he seems like a light-hitting second baseman.
28th Round (853): Matt Sims, RHP — The senior closer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He’s got good size at 6-foot-4, and served as the team’s closer for the past three seasons.
29th Round (883): Dazon Cole, RHP @elitecole_4 — An athletic two-way prep player from Michigan. Some teams wanted him as an infielder and a hitter, but the Braves like his low-90s heat from a small 5-foot-11 frame. He hasn’t gotten much national exposure, so the Braves have asked him to play on a summer travel team to get a better look at him before they decide if they want to sign him.
31st Round (943): Salvatore (Sal) Giardina, C @sGIARDINA21 — A tall 6-foot-4 senior catcher out of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He seems like an organizational catcher, but he produced some good offensive years in college.
38th Round (1153): J.J. Franco, 2B — The son of longtime Mets’ closer John Franco. He is a senior second baseman for Brown University.
39th Round (1183): Grayson Byrd, SS — The son of former Braves pitcher, and current TV analyst, Paul Byrd. He is a prep player committed to LSU, and ranked 479th overall by Baseball America.
40th Round (1213): Randy Santiesteban, 2B — A junior second baseman out of Peru State in Nebraska (half way between Omaha and Kansas City). He went to high school in Florida, and attended FIU, so that’s probably where Braves scouts first saw him. He was named to the NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team, and finished the year with a slash line of .363/.422/.542.