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2019 MLB Draft: Braves select Braden Shewmake with 21st pick

The run on shortstops continues.

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With the 21st overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Braves have selected shortstop Braden Shewmake out of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Shewmake, who is bigger than your average middle infielder at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, hasn’t been an overly impressive hitter at the college level, as his career-high OPS is a .903 mark he posted in 297 plate appearances as a freshman. In 253 PAs for the Aggies this year, he has a .309/.364/.480 line with six homers, making it the second straight season that he’s hit single-digit home runs after hitting 11 as a freshman. Shewmake, a lefty hitter, projects to be a pure contact hitter more than anything else, as he obviously hasn’t hit for a ton of power and doesn’t strike out or walk a ton, striking out at a 9.9% rate and walking 7.5% of the time this season.

While he doesn’t necessarily wow you in any one area, Shewmake is solid across the board and seemingly has a pretty good shot to stick at shortstop as a pro, as he has solid range and exceptional discipline at the position. If anything, his throwing inaccuracy (despite a strong arm) may be the thing that eventually forces him to move to second base at the professional level.