The Atlanta Braves concluded Day 2 of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, selecting eight more players after they drafted three collegiate position players — catcher Shea Langliers (No. 9), shortstop Braden Shewmake (No. 21) and shortstop Beau Philip (No. 60) — with their first three picks Monday.
The Braves began the second day of the draft by taking high school outfielder and Georgia native Michael Harris in the third round with the 98th overall pick. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a two-way player at Stockbridge High School. The switch-hitter, left-handed thrower, hit .442 with 45 RBIs over 74 games in his high school career. Lucas Sims (Brookwood High School, 21st overall, 2012) and Drew Waters (Etowah High School, 41st overall, 2017) are the only two Georgia high-schoolers that have been selected higher by the Braves this decade.
Along with the three collegiate position players the Braves took on the first day of the draft, Atlanta selected four consecutive position players to begin a draft for the first time since 2010.
Atlanta selected pitchers with four of its final seven picks on the day, including Seton Hall right-hander Ricky DeVito in the eighth round. The New York native was the 2018 Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year in his sophomore season, after making 12 starts and posting a 1.88 ERA (13 ER/62 1/3 IP), lowest in the conference. DeVito entered the draft tabbed by MLB.com as the No. 162 overall prospect, and by Baseball America as the No. 114 overall prospect.
In all, the Braves have selected four pitchers (all right-handers), three infielders, three outfielders and one catcher through the first two days of the draft. Seven of Atlanta’s first 11 picks have come from NCAA Division I universities.
The 2019 First-Year Player Draft concludes Wednesday with rounds No. 11-40. Selections begin at noon.