October 1, 2015 Atlanta - New general manager John Coppolella speaks as Braves president of baseball operations John Hart looks during a press conference at Turner Field on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The Atlanta Braves have promoted John Coppolella to general manager following three seasons as assistant GM. The move was announced on Thursday by Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. The team said in a statement Coppolella has agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, a term that will include the Braves' first three seasons at their new SunTrust Park. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Braves draft Marietta native and Georgia Southern pitcher Landon Hughes

The Braves drafted Georgia Southern University pitcher and former Sprayberry High School star Landon Hughes with their first pick of the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

Georgia Southern baseball coach Rodney Hennon tweeted his congratulations to Hughes after seeing news of the pick.

Hughes was 6-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 2017, striking out 55 in 43 innings pitched. He started his college career at Wallace State Junior College for two years before transferring to Georgia Southern.

If Hughes makes it to the Braves, rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson may have competition for best hair on the team.

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