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Braves Ink Three Draftees

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I’m finally back after a great vacation in Ireland and a three and a half hour delay on the flight home (thanks to a radar failure at Dublin Airport). The Braves played .500 baseball during my week-long absence, so nothing to really get excited or disappointed about. The Braves did however make quite a mark on the draft front, inking three more of their first seven picks. The cream of the crop to sign were Atlanta’s first two picks in the draft – Brett DeVall and Tyler Stovall. Also joining the mix was outfielder Adam Milligan, who proved the third time is the charm by signing after being drafted twice in the past. The 18-year old DeVall signed for $1.1 million and like the other two, will report to the GCL Braves to start his pro career. Stovall who like DeVall is a high school southpaw, gets a $750,000, which is significantly over slot, as well as another $17,000 per semester for college as part of the deal. The terms of Milligan’s deal are not yet known. With these three signings, ten of Frank Wren’s top eleven picks have now been inked to deals. Only a couple of high profile names remained unsigned and it seems more and more unlikely that any of them will sign. Right-handed pitchers Jacob Thompson (5th round), Michael Palazzone (18th round), and Nick Fuller (25th round) are the three biggest names from the 2008 draft class who have yet to sign. Fuller and Thompson are both longshots, while the chances of Palazzone signing are probably next to none.

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