NEW YORK -- It did not take the Braves long to receive commitments from most of the players they selected in this year's First-Year Player Draft. They have signed 26 of their 40 selections, including each of their first six picks.
First-round selection Lucas Sims signed for $1.65 million two days after the Draft and has already started his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Braves. The hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from suburban Atlanta's Brookwood High School stands as just one of the four high school products the Braves have signed thus far.
The Braves have not yet signed seventh-round selection David Starn, a left-handed pitcher who is still competing in the College World Series with Kent State University. The only other unsigned player among their top 15 selections is Levi Borders, a catcher from Florida's Winter Haven High School who was taken in the 11th round.