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Braves find potential batterymates
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06/05/2002 7:17 pm ET 
Braves find potential batterymates
Catchers taken with two of the first seven picks
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

Jeff Francoeur is said to have the same body type as a young Dale Murphy. (courtesy Gwinnett Daily Post)
ATLANTA -- Another First-Year Player Draft is complete. Now it's time for Braves director of scouting Roy Clark to make sure draftees become signees and his scouts continue to look for the talent that will be chosen in next year's selection process.

During this year's draft, the Braves further proved that pitching remains a priority by selecting 34 hurlers (16 left-handers). Paul Snyder, a special assistant to general manager John Schuerholz and a man who Baseball America granted the Excellence in Scouting Award (1982-2001), said he saw more large-bodied high school pitchers this year than he had ever seen and that is evident when looking at the size of the Braves selections this year.

Since Atlanta's minor league teams lack a catcher with a legitimate shot of becoming a full-time starter in the Majors, two of the first seven picks were catchers. By the end of Wednesday's selections, they had chosen six.

Brian McCann, the team's third selection and first catcher taken, and Jeff Francouer, the Braves' first selection, competed against each other in high school and were two of the seven prep players from the Metro Atlanta area who were taken by their hometown team.

Jonathan Schuerholz, the son of Atlanta's GM and the Braves eighth round pick, played his high school ball at Lovett Academy, which is located just north of Atlanta. After high school, he took his game to Auburn University where he has started since arriving three seasons ago.

Other standout college selections included third baseman Yaron Peters, who played at South Carolina and was the SEC Player of the Year, and first baseman James Jurries, who played at Tulane and was selected as Conference USA's top player at the end of the season.

"Right now there 30 scouting directors telling their general manager about how great their draft was," Clark said. "We are very happy with our selections and time will tell how well we did."

BRAVES 2002 DRAFT PICKS
23 JEFFREY B FRANCOEUR CF PARKVIEW HS
34 DANIEL L MEYER LHP JAMES MADISON U
64 BRIAN M MCCANN C DULUTH HS
65 JAMES T GREENE SS SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HS
95 CHARLES A MORTON RHP JOEL BARLOW HS
125 STEPHEN T RUSSELL RHP CIMARRON-MEMORIAL HS
155 BRYAN K HARVEY C BANDYS SCHOOL
185 JAMES L JURRIES 1B TULANE U
215 PATRICK K CLAYTON RHP WALTON HS
245 JONATHAN L SCHUERHOLZ SS AUBURN U
275 NICHOLAS L STARNES RHP GRAHAM HS
305 YARON PETERS 3B SOUTH CAROLINA U
335 MICHAEL A GRASSO 2B U ALBANY
365 WES R TIMMONS SS BETHUNE-COOKMAN COL
395 DANIEL L MEAD LHP MANATEE JC
425 MICHAEL F REISS * RHP SEMINOLE CC
455 JOHN P LOWEN C LASSITER HS
485 MICHAEL S MUELLER RHP AUBURN U
515 BRAD DAVID LHP LOUISIANA ST U
545 JOSHUA R ADAMS LHP FRANKLIN COLLEGE
575 FERNANDO N TADEFA LHP ST MARYS U
605 CHARLES H JAMES LHP CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY CC
635 JAMES A PARKER RHP SONOMA ST U
665 WILLIAM W SHIELDS RHP BAY HS
695 TIMOTHY J CUNNINGHAM LHP STANFORD U
725 PAUL D BUSH RHP GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STAT
755 STEVEN J REISS * RHP SEMINOLE CC
785 CHRISTOPHER M MAHER RHP PENSACOLA JC
815 TRAVIS J STANTON RHP LAKE CITY CC
845 DEVIN ANDERSON LHP WEST ORANGE HS
875 MARK N WAGNER C MAYFAIR HS
905 COOPER A OSTEEN SS INDIAN RIVER CC
935 BRANDON M NALL RHP GEORGE C WALLACE CC
965 DARRELL W QUALLS SS MIDDLEBURG HS
995 JACOB A ECKLEY LHP OMAHA BURKE HS
1025 RYAN M PATTERSON OF RF TEXARKANA CC
1055 KENNETH E BROCK LHP LANE CC
1085 ABRAHAM B VARGAS RHP BAY CITY HS
1115 MATTHEW J DALE LHP WALTON HS
1145 JEFFREY M TIMMONS C MANATEE CC
1175 BRETT E YOUNG 1B GLOUCESTER COUNTY COL
1205 KEVIN A KOTCH C MIDDLESEX HS
1235 DAVID A HAYES RHP AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
1265 RYAN PAUL LHP MOORPARK HS
1294 KEN LIVESLEY RHP COSUMNES RIVER CC
1322 CHRISTOPHER E TYNDALL RHP ARMSTRONG HS
1349 DANIEL F COLLINS LHP INDIAN RIVER CC
1376 BRANDON D JUDGE RHP SANTA MARGARITA HS
1402 RICK D AGUILAR LHP CYPRESS COL
1428 CHRISTOPHER J WIDING LHP EAST PAULDING HS
1453 CHRISTOPHER D DUNBAR LF LA CONNER HIGH SCHOOL
1477 MATTHEW R HANDLEY LHP GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN

Mark Bowman covers the Braves for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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