Why the 70s Braves sucked

In the first 10 rounds of the 1966 to 1977 drafts, the Braves selected TWO quality major leaguers: Dale Murphy and Ralph Garr (sorry, Rowland). That’s roughly 120 picks, and from that lot the best pitcher picked was Rick Camp.

Here’s their #1 picks over that period:

1977 1 4 4 Tim Cole (minors) LHP HS Saugerties HS (Saugerties, NY)
1976 1 3 3 Ken Smith (minors) 3B 0.2 83 56 1 .268 .706 HS Youngstown East HS (Youngstown, OH)
1975 1 18 18 Donald Young (minors) C HS Dos Pueblos HS (Goleta, CA)
1974 1 5 5 Dale Murphy (minors) C 42.6 2180 7960 398 .265 .815 HS Woodrow Wilson HS (Portland, OR)
1973 1 10 10 Pat Rockett (minors) 2B -5.7 152 411 1 .214 .539 HS Robert E. Lee HS (San Antonio, TX)
1972 1 11 11 Preston Hanna (minors) RHP 1.3 156 93 1 .161 .459 156 17 25 4.61 1.65 1 HS Escambia HS (Pensacola, FL)
1971 1 10 10 Taylor Duncan (minors) SS -0.1 112 331 3 .260 .645 HS Grant Union HS (Sacramento, CA)
1970 1 21 21 Ron Broaddus (minors) RHP HS Brazosport HS (Freeport, TX)
1969 1 12 12 Gene Holbert (minors) C HS Palmyra HS (Palmyra, PA)
1968 1 7 7 Curtis Moore (minors) OF HS Denison HS (Denison, TX)
1967 1 12 12 Andy Finlay (minors) OF HS Burbank HS (Sacramento, CA)
1966 1 11 11 Al Santorini (minors) RHP -0.2 127 137 1 .109 .278 127 17 38 4.29 1.47 3 HS Union HS (Union, NJ)
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4 Comments

  1. Ken Smith is listed as a third baseman. The only times I saw him play (AAA Richmond and Atlanta), he played first base.

  2. Taylor Duncan was part of the trade that sent Earl Williams to Baltimore and brought Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates to Atlanta.

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