Fifth overall pick has been good to #Braves

We have no idea who the Braves will draft tomorrow. But they’ve had good luck the previous two times they chose fifth overall, most notably in 1974.

Bill Almon, who finished his career with a 4.8 WAR, went first to the Padres. A couple of future Braves followed: Tommy Boggs, to Texas, and Lonnie Smith, to the Phillies. With the fourth pick, the Indians selected a right-handed pitcher named Tom Brennan.

The Braves followed with a 6’4 catcher out of Portland: Dale Murphy. They chose wisely.

In 1986 the Braves selected Kent Mercker with the fifth pick. Mercker had some success in the majors, starting two no-hitters (completing one) while with the Braves. Still, they could’ve done better, as Gary Sheffield was still on the board. Milwaukee drafted him sixth.

 

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