Georgia Tech’s Luke Waddell earns quick promotion within Braves system

Former Georgia Tech shortstop Luke Waddell, drafted by the Braves in July, has been promoted to the club’s Double-A affiliate in Mississippi. Waddell was elevated Thursday after 21 games with the Single-A Rome Braves.

A fifth-round selection, Waddell is the first 2021 Braves draftee to reach Mississippi, where he is among the youngest players on the roster.

Through Monday, he had played two games with Mississippi, batting second and playing third base in the first game and hitting seventh and playing second base in the second. He was 2-for-8 in those two games.

Waddell earned his promotion with highly productive hitting at Rome. He hit .304 with an on-base percentage of .372 and a slugging percentage of .580. He hit six home runs in 69 at-bats. At Tech this spring, he hit .309 with an on-base percentage of .402 and a slugging percentage of .474. He had eight home runs in 230 at-bats.

On Aug. 31, Baseball America named him the hottest prospect in baseball over the previous week.

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