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MLB Draft Review: NL East


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Continuing with the NL East, here's a look at how the 2015-2018 draft classes are shaping up using WAR (WAR Defined). So far the NL East has produced the smallest range of interdivisional Return on Investment with the Mets currently setting the pace at No. 9 overall in MLB and the Marlins last in the division and No. 21 overall. However, the Braves (currently No. 12) are a good bet to eventually overtake the Mets, while the Marlins look likely to remain as cellar dwellers.

NOTES: All references to a prospect’s overall MLB ranking is per MLB PipelineNegative WAR is not used to calculate total WAR. For any WAR value less than zero, 0.0 is used to calculate a team’s total WAR.


ATLANTA BRAVES
 (Scouting Director Brian Bridges 2015-18)
2015: 1st Round  14th Overall Kolby Allard. Career WAR: -0.1
                                        28th Overall Mike Soroka. Career WAR: 5.7
Individual Career WAR Leader: Soroka
2015 Draft Totals:  WAR: 7.3
MLers to Date: 6 (Allard, Soroka, Austin RileyA.J. MinterPatrick WeigelEvan Phillips)
Signing Bonuses: $12.66M

2016: 1st Round  3rd Overall. Ian Anderson. Career WAR 1.3
Individual Career WAR Leader: Anderson
2016 Draft Totals:  WAR: 1.5*
MLers to Date: 4 (Anderson, Bryse WilsonJeremy Walker, Tucker Davidson)
Signing Bonuses: $15.52M

2017: 1st Round  5th Overall. Kyle Wright. Career WAR: -0.3
Individual Career WAR Leader: Bruce Zimmerman, 5th Round. WAR: -0.1
2017 Draft Totals:  WAR: 0.0*
MLers to Date: 2 (Wright, Zimmerman)
Signing Bonuses: $11.50M

2018: 1st Round  5th Overall. Carter Stewart. Did Not Sign
Individual Career WAR Leader: N/A
2018 Draft Totals:  WAR: 0.0
MLers to Date: 0
Signing Bonuses: $5.82M

2015-18 TOTALS   WAR: 8.8    MLers: 12    BONUSES: $45.49M

RETURN ON INVESTMENT: $5.17M per 1.0 WAR (ranks 12 of 30 overall)

SUMMARY: At $45M plus some change, the Braves spent...

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