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5. Atlanta Braves: RHP Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
Callis: Wright, who was rumored to be the front-runner to go No. 1 as recently as a week ago, offers the best combination of floor and ceiling at the top of the Draft. He's a future front-line starter who should get to Atlanta very quickly. Interesting that after all the talk of clubs cutting deals -- which could theoretically cause top prospects to fall -- the consensus five best players went with the first five picks.

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I saw him say that earlier. What's interesting is that this is the scouting report on SI:

 

"Wright presents the ideal physical template for a big league righty, and his stuff is impressive too: A mid 90’s fastball complemented by a slider, curve and changeup. Clubs picking at the top of the draft may see Wright as a “safe” pick, but even mature college righties are no lock to succeed—think Bryan Bullington or Mark Appel, a pair of No. 1 overall picks who have combined for one major league win.

The main concern with Wright is his mechanics: He opens his front side too soon, losing the benefits of hip and shoulder separation (a torqueing of the upper body that is the primary component of velocity) and he circles his back leg around his left side as he delivers the ball, preventing him from finishing with his head and chest out over his front leg."

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BA: 

"Wright's clean arm action, low-maintenance delivery and sturdy 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame help him maintain velocity deep into games, up to 94 mph even into the ninth inning of his complete games. He was getting better as the season went on, including a dominant 38-inning stretch in April and May in which he allowed just 15 hits and nine walks while striking out 44."

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5 minutes ago, jidady said:

They talked a lot about the hot streak during the Oregon State game (where he got roughed up pretty good). At the start of April, his ERA was around 5.5. It wound up under 3.

I would be delighted to get K.J. Harrison from Oregon State in the 3rd/4th. He played 1B mostly, but dabbled around at catcher. I could see the Braves successfully converting him to catcher full-time.

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1 minute ago, jidady said:

Washington just drafted Seth Romero. He's the kid who got kicked off his college baseball team for fighting with a teammate before a game. It was his second incident in two months, so they kicked him out.

He's also got a screw in his elbow, But all that's OK, the Nationals are a very well-adjusted, nurturing organization. This is fine.

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BTW, Bowman confirms that Wright was number one on our board.

http://m.braves.mlb.com/news/article/235998122/braves-draft-kyle-wright-from-vanderbilt-at-5/

"It's far-fetched when you get the guy who is still on the board who shouldn't still be on the board who is advanced for his age," Bridges said. "He brings everything we want to see. He was definitely No. 1 on our board, so we feel really good about where we are."

While growing up in Huntsville, Ala., as the son of a mother who works for NASA and a father who doubled as his high school baseball coach, Wright became a devout Braves fan. He passed on the opportunity to be drafted by his favorite organization out of high school because he wanted to mature both mentally and physically at Vanderbilt. But he was thrilled to have this second chance to realize his childhood dream."

 

And you have to love a kid with one parent who is a baseball coach and the other who is a NASA engineer.

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