Braves breeze RHP Stewart, OF Jenista on Day 1

June 5, 2018 - Finding Carter

ATLANTA — Carter Stewart vaulted to a tip of a Braves’ Draft house when he grew dual inches and combined 30 pounds to what is now an jaunty 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. But a additional quickness gained from this expansion emanate competence always be regarded as a element to what is deliberate an chosen curveball.

“The violation round was so special,” scouting executive Brian Bridges said. “They don’t come along. You always demeanour for that one thing, either it be a energy representation or a big-time violation ball. God peaceful that he stays healthy, it’s a one thing he’ll always have. And you’ll be talking, when he creates his debut, about that large hammer.”

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Stewart became a latest claimant to join Atlanta’s companionship of talent-rich pitching prospects on Monday night, when a Braves took him with a eighth altogether preference in this year’s MLB Draft. The 18-year-old right-hander from a Melbourne, Fla., area was deliberate a best accessible high propagandize pitcher and ranked as MLB Pipeline’s fifth-best altogether prospect.

“I’d contend for about a week or so now I’ve felt like a Braves were unequivocally a high probability [to] breeze me,” Stewart said. “When they called my name, it was unequivocally a surreal feeling. It was unequivocally exciting.”

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With their second-round collect (49th overall), a Braves took Wichita State outfielder Greyson Jenista, who was named final summer’s Cape Cod League’s MVP. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound maladroit hitter’s bid to join teammate Alec Bohm (3rd pick, Phillies) as a first-round preference faded as he strike .309 with 9 home runs in 56 games this year.

“This man has unimaginable power,” Bridges said. “It’s genuine power. He’s a improved hitter. we consider a small Draft-itis was bothering him this year. He was perplexing too hard, and pressing.”

The Braves kept an open mind as they spent a past few months focused on anticipating a best awaiting who would be accessible when it came time for them to pick, bringing South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty (10th pick, Pirates) and high propagandize third baseman Nolan Gorman (19th pick, Cardinals) to Atlanta for workouts final week.

Video: Draft 2018: Braves breeze OF Greyson Jenista No. 49

But for a fourth true year, Bridges dynamic that a pitcher was a best accessible choice for initial pick. The team’s past 3 tip picks — Kyle Wright (2017), Ian Anderson (2016) and Kolby Allard (2015) — are among a 7 pitchers listed within MLB Pipeline’s top 10 Braves prospects.

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Stewart will expected join this organisation once he signs. The Mississippi State dedicate pronounced there should not be any signability issues.

“You have to dedicate to something,” Bridges said. “So, whatever you’re going to dedicate to, we improved buy all into it. There are no guarantees about how things are going to end. It’s a prolonged tour for pitchers. But a some-more volume we have of peculiarity pitchers, a some-more possibility we have to means when we start winning during a Major League level.”

Stewart’s curveball has generated a spin rate of some-more than 3,000 rpm, putting him in an chosen difficulty with such Major Leaguers as a Astros’ Charlie Morton. But his batch truly rose when his expansion emanate done him a legit energy pitcher. His fastball sat 88-90 mph during final summer’s showcase season, though his heater sat 92-94 and overwhelmed 98 mph this spring.

“I like to indication myself after Justin Verlander a small bit, with his energy and his ability to pitch,” Stewart said. “I’ve been examination him for a prolonged time, and we feel like that’s one man who we can unequivocally indication myself after.”

Stewart posted a 0.91 ERA and accessible 128 strikeouts over 61 2/3 innings during his comparison season. He might have cemented his place with a Braves when he accessible 18 strikeouts and threw a no-hitter with cross-checker Tom Battista in attendance.

“I’m not going to see anybody any better, and we don’t wish to see him any worse,” Battista told Bridges. “He’s a guy.”

As a Braves evaluated who to take with their second-round selection, they had their eye on University of Virginia left-hander Daniel Lynch until a Royals took him with a 36th pick. But they were happy to have a possibility to supplement some energy intensity to a classification when Jenista was still available.

Jenista strike .320 with 14 doubles, one triple, 9 home runs and 6 stolen bases during his sophomore deteriorate during Wichita State. He extended his batch final summer, when he batted .310, tallied 3 home runs and stole 9 bases over 39 Cape Cod League games.

“We unequivocally like what he brings, unequivocally with a maladroit pitch in a ballpark, gives us a intensity to daub into that power,” Bridges said. “You can’t learn size, and we can’t learn strength. You can’t learn power. We … get a many out of their abilities.”

Mark Bowman has lonesome a Braves for MLB.com given 2001.

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