This was the Braves’ fourth draft under vice president of scouting Dana Brown. Under Brown, they’ve selected players such as Shea Langeliers, Braden Shewmake, Jared Shuster, Spencer Strider, Bryce Elder and Ryan Cusick.
After promoting so many premier prospects in recent years, plus sending several players to Oakland in the Matt Olson trade in March, the Braves are rebuilding their farm system, especially at the lower levels. Still, they’ve received important contributions from two rookies this season in outfielder Michael Harris and Strider. Both players are among the favorites for National League rookie of the year.
Jansen likely unavailable Saturday
Braves closer Kenley Jansen sustained “a little catch in his lower back” Friday, according to manager Brian Snitker. The team planned to stay away from Jansen on Saturday, but doesn’t seem concerned. “I don’t think it’s anything huge,” Snitker said. “They did treatment on him. He felt good when he came in.”