–1986 Draft Picks

I’m not going to write up a draft this early, but it’s clear that someone in the Braves’ organization knew talent even if they didn’t actually produce any. This was back when the draft had multiple phases. In the main phase, in June:

11. OF Steve Finley Southern Illinois University
18. OF Tim Salmon Phoenix, AZ
27. RHP Ben McDonald Denham Springs, LA

The one real Major Leaguer they did get out of that draft was Mercker with their first pick.