Heading into the 2020 MLB Draft, the Atlanta Braves are in a pretty solid position once you consider the assets they will be entering the season with.
At the end of last season, they were one of the best teams in hits, runs, home runs, batting average, and OPS.
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It is certainly good to be near the top of nearly every important offensive statistic. And it showed, with the Braves ending last season basically one poor ending away from the National League Championship Series after winning the National League East four games.
As well general manager Alex Anthopoulos has done an outstanding job of constructing a roster whose core has yet to see its 30th birthday. This movement towards youth has paid off for the GM, who has presided over a 25-game improvement over the last two seasons.
However, heading into the 2020 season, the Braves are in need of rotation depth and need to fill at gap at third base after losing Josh Donaldson to free agency.
With that in mind, who are the Braves likely to take with the 25th pick in the draft?
2020 MLB Mock Draft: Max Meyer
Our guess is that the Braves will take Max Meyer in the 2020 MLB Draft. Meyer is a RHP currently playing for the University of Minnesota.
This past summer, Meyer competed for the USA Collegiate National Team where he appeared in four games, including three starts. He recorded a 0.64 ERA across 14 innings of work, striking out 12 batters.
He started one of his games against Cuba, throwing four scoreless innings while recording four strikeouts. He was also named the Outstanding Pitcher of the 2019 USA vs Cuba International Friendship Series.
His sophomore season with the Golden Gophers was fantastic, earning him a All-Big Ten Second Team selection. He made 16 appearances throughout the season, including 11 starts. He finished the campaign with a 5-3 record and a 2.11 ERA, including two saves over 76.2 innings. He struck out a team-high 87 batters.