ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The Braves picked 21-year-old Shea Langeliersc of Baylor as the 9th pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft Monday night.
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior is an outstanding defensive catcher who threw out 14 of 25 would-be basestealers.
“He’s the type of catcher you can have long term,” Dana Brown, Atlanta’s vice president, scouting said in a statement to FOX 5 Sports. “It’s a long term investment. It’s elite defense.”
He was the second catcher drafted this year after No. 1 pick Oregon State's Adley Rutschman was snatched up by the Baltimore Orioles.
Langeliersc bounced back from a broken hamate bone in the left hand that sidelined him for 10 games.
He has a raw power in smooth right-handed swing which the Braves will be able to hone.
He hit .308 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs, setting an NCAA Tournament record with 11 RBIs in three-homer game vs. Omaha on Saturday night.
This is the first time since 1989 the Braves selected a catcher in their first pick.
The Braves then picked Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound lefty shortstop.
“Braden is an athletic shortstop with high upside,” said Dana Brown, Atlanta’s vice president, scouting. “He’s an above average to a plus defender. It’s a nice package of upside, athleticism, and power.”
The 21-year-old started all 63 games for the Aggies in 2019 and batted .313 (78-for-249) with 14 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 47 RBI and nine stolen bases. He was named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top college player in the country.
The Wylie, Texas native has missed only one game in his three years at Texas A&M
Shewmake is the highest drafted shortstop by the Braves since Atlanta selected Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones with the first overall pick in 1990.
This is the first time since 2015 the Braves have had two picks in the first round.
Oregon State University’s Beau Philip was picked 60th by the Atlanta Braves. According to the Atlanta Braves:
“Philip, 20, hit .311 (55-for-177) with 14 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 31 RBI in 44 games as the Beavers’ primary shortstop and leadoff hitter in 2019. The 6-foot-0, 188-pound Sacramento, California native was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in his only year at Oregon State. He was also named to the watch list for College Baseball Foundation’s Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the top collegiate shortstop. Philip bats and throws right-handed.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report