Ex-Brave J.D. Drew’s career before he turned pro, as a star at Florida State, landed him a spot in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas.
Former Braves player and broadcaster Tom Paciorek, who was acquired when the Braves traded Dusty Baker to the Dodgers, also is part of the seven-member class set for induction July 1-2.
A bit of a polarizing figures for most of his pro career, Drew played for the Braves in 2004 and put up impressive numbers, as he did for most of big-league career. He appeared in 145 games, with a batting average of .305 to go with 31 homers, 93 RBIs. He got on base at a .436 clip and had a slugging percentage of .569 and an OPS of 1.006.
The Braves acquired Drew, who played a Lowndes High, from the Cardinals, with Eli Marrero, in December 2003 for Ray King, Jason Marquis and a prospect named Adam Wainwright, who played at Glynn Academy.
The Braves had Drew for the last year of his contract. He became a free agent after the 2004 season and signed with the Dodgers.
Paciorek played for the Braves in the 1976 and 1977 seasons, and part of 1978. In 188 games, he hit .275 with seven homers and 51 RBIs.
The Braves acquired Paciorek in November 1975 with Lee Lacy, Jerry Royster and Jim Wynn from the Dodgers for Baker and Ed Goodson. The Braves released him in at the end of spring training in March 1978, re-signed him eight days later on opening day and released him again in late May.
Paciorek was a Braves broadcaster from 2001-05 for games televised by Fox Sports South.
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