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Braves sign top 24 picks

Atlanta has picks from Rounds 1-10 under contract for eighth straight year

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the club has signed its top 24 picks from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. 

Of the 24 signings, 14 are pitchers (five left-handers, nine right-handers), four are catchers, three are outfielders and three are infielders. Including RHP Kyle Wright, who the club drafted fifth overall, 22 of the players who signed are out of college. OF Drew Waters (41st overall) and RHP Freddy Tarnok (80th overall) are the two high schoolers to sign with the club. 

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the club has signed its top 24 picks from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. 

Of the 24 signings, 14 are pitchers (five left-handers, nine right-handers), four are catchers, three are outfielders and three are infielders. Including RHP Kyle Wright, who the club drafted fifth overall, 22 of the players who signed are out of college. OF Drew Waters (41st overall) and RHP Freddy Tarnok (80th overall) are the two high schoolers to sign with the club. 

The Braves signed five Georgia natives, including Waters (Woodstock, GA) and two Georgia Southern teammates, RHP Landon Hughes (Marietta, GA) and LHP Connor Simmons (Baxley, GA). The club also signed Jackson Lourie (Atlanta, GA), the 24th-round pick out of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Lourie, who pitched and played infield during a four-year career for the Lynx, is the son of Braves' head physician, Dr. Gary M. Lourie. 

The Braves have signed all of their picks from Rounds 1-10 for eight straight years now (2010-2017).

The complete list of Braves draft choices who have signed so far is below.   

 

Name (round, selection #)       POS        HT         WT        B-T        DOB        School                                          Class       Hometown

Wright, Kyle (1, 5)                   RHP         6-4         220        R/R        10/2/95      Vanderbilt U                                JR            Huntsville, AL

Waters, Drew (2, 41)               OF           6-2         185        S/R         12/30/98    Etowah HS                                   HS           Woodstock, GA

Tarnok, Freddy (3, 80)            RHP         6-3         185        R/R        11/24/98    Riverview HS                               HS           Brandon, FL

Bacon, Troy (4, 110)               RHP         6-0         165        R/R        9/26/96      Santa Fe CC                                 J2             Tampa, FL

Zimmerman, Bruce (5, 140)    LHP         6-2         215        L/L        2/9/95        U Mt. Olive                                  SR            Woodstock, MD

Rodgers, Jordan (6, 170)         3B            6-1         185        R/R        5/9/95        Tennessee                                    SR            Arlington, TN

Hughes, Landon (7, 200)         RHP         6-4         180        R/R        9/20/94      Georgia Southern U                     SR            Marietta, GA

Curtis, John (8, 230)                LHP         6-2         170        L/L        10/15/95    Lenoir-Rhyne U                           SR            Lenior, NC

Delgado, Riley (9, 260)            SS            5-10       175        R/R        2/22/95      Middle Tennessee State U            SR            Murfreesboro, TN

Belinda, Jacob (10, 290)          RHP         6-0         190        R/R        9/24/94      Lock Haven U                             SR            Port Matilda, PA

Lugbauer, Drew (11, 320)       C              6-4         230        L/R        8/23/96      Michigan                                      JR            Pleasant Valley NY

Owenby, Hagen (12, 350)        C              6-1         211        R/R        7/21/95      East Tennessee State                    JR            Knoxville, TN

Simmons, Connor (13, 380)    LHP         6-2         160        L/L        11/7/95      Georgia Southern U                     JR            Baxley, GA

Weisenberg, Keith (14, 410)    RHP         6-5         205        R/R        12/6/95      Stanford                                       JR            St. Petersburg, FL

Bush, Austin (15, 440)            1B            6-6         265        L/R        12/22/95    UC Santana Barbara                     JR            Turlock, CA

Schwartz, Gary (16, 470)         OF           6-1         210        L/L        1/22/96      Grand Canyon U                          JR            Chandler, AZ

Dyals, Cutter (17, 500)            RHP         5-11       205        R/R        8/10/95      North Carolina A&T St U            JR            Tampa, FL

Soria, Zack (18, 530)               C              5-10       190        R/R        10/29/93    Florida International U                 SR            Homer Glen, IL

Allison, Tanner (19, 560)        LHP         6-1         200        L/L        5/23/95      Western Michigan U                    JR            Portland, MI

Smith, Justin (20, 590)            OF           6-0         220        R/R        2/29/96      St. Johns River State College        J2             St. Johns, FL

Johnstone, Jeffrey (21, 620)    RHP         6-1         175        R/R        10/4/94      Wake Forest                                 JR            Atlanta, GA             

Morhardt, Justin (22, 650)       C              6-4         225        S/R         3/3/94        Bryan College                              SR            Winsted, CT

Conyers, Troy (23, 680)          LHP         6-5         230        L/L        4/11/94      U of San Diego                            SR            Lakeside, CA

Lourie, Jackson (24, 710)        RHP         6-3         190        R/R        10/10/94    Rhodes College                            SR            Atlanta, GA

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