Just looking around at the Braves’ drafts from the 1990s again. (Not counting 1990, when Bobby was GM and they drafted Chipper first overall.) Lord, are they awful. At least at the top — they did okay in the later rounds. This is what happens when you draft a high school pitcher from the southeast with your first pick every year. Were they using Matt Millen as a consultant? Anyway, the all-drafted-by-the-Braves 1991-2000 team, with rounds, including only players the team actually signed:

C Mike Mahoney (39th, 1995)
1B Adam LaRoche (29th, 2000)
2B Marcus Giles (53rd, 1996)
3B Wes Helms (10th, 1994)
SS Mark DeRosa (7th, 1996)
OF Kelly Johnson (1st, 2000)
OF Ryan Langerhans (3rd, 1998)
OF Jermaine Dye (17th, 1993)

SP Jason Schmidt (8th, 1991)
SP Kevin Millwood (11th, 1993)
SP Adam Wainwright (1st, 2000)
RP John Rocker (18th, 1993)
RP Brad Clontz (10th, 1993)


  • I don’t know how it’s possible to go ten years and draft and sign only one above-average relief pitcher, but the Braves managed it, somehow. Not getting any catchers is a bit easier, but still quite an accomplishment. Mahoney was released by the organization after the 1999 season and played 46 games over three seasons with the Cubs and Cards, but is I believe the only catcher the organization drafted and signed in this ten-year period to play in the majors.
  • If I hadn’t expanded to 2000, it would have been really tough to fill out the roster.
  • The Braves did not spend a first round draft pick on a major leaguer of any quality between Chipper Jones and Adam Wainwright. This nine-year drought is one of the worst of recent years (since teams stopped blowing draft picks by signing free agents willy-nilly).
  • Of the four best players on the list — Dye, Millwood, Schmidt, and Wainwright — only Millwood did much of anything for the Braves. The sixth-best, DeRosa, also did most of his damage elsewhere.
  • Good base for a rotation (Jason Marquis would be the fourth starter) but the infield defense is really shaky.