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Braves draft OF Cody Johnson with first selection06/06/2006 11:58 PM ET
The Atlanta Braves today selected outfielder John "Cody" Johnson from A. Crawford Mosley High School (Panama City, Fla.), with their first selection in the 2006 First-Year Player draft (24th overall selection). With the compensation-round selections (38th and 43rd overall), the Braves chose right-handed high-school pitcher Cory Rasmus, from Seale, Ala., and left-handed pitcher Steven Evarts, from Tampa, Fla. The 6-foot-4 Johnson was named the 5A state Player of the Year for Florida and hit .525 with 15 home runs, six doubles and 43 RBI in his senior year for the Dolphins. The 2005 Aflac National High School Player of the Year was ranked by Baseball America as one of the best raw power hitters in the draft. Johnson also was named the MVP of the 2005 summer showcase wooden bat circuit and the recipient of the Jackie Robinson Award. He was selected to the Baseball America pre-season High School All-America team in 2006. "He's a big, strong power hitter who experienced a lot of success during the 2005 summer when he was named the MVP of the summer circuit" Roy Clark, the club's Director of Scouting said. "We are confident not only in his ability on the field, but that his make-up off the field will represent the Braves organization well." Rasmus, 18, finished his senior season at Russell County High School with a 10-3 record and a 0.57 ERA to go with 130 strikeouts in 74.0 innings pitched, earning him the Bi-City Baseball Player of the Year honor. In 2005, he went 11-0 with a 0.50 ERA, leading his school to the Alabama 5A state title. Evarts, 18, went 9-3 with a 0.62 ERA, with one save in 13 games pitched for Robinson High School in his senior season. A 2006 second-team all Western Conference selection, Evarts recorded 141 strikeouts in 77.0 innings pitched. The 50-round First-Year Player draft will conclude Wednesday (June 7) afternoon.
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