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Atlanta Braves 2019 1st Round pick, 21st overall (Video): Braden Shewmake SS-Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake has been a model of consistency during his three-year run in the SEC.  The conference and National Freshman of the Year in 2017 batted .335 with 11 home runs and 68 RBI during that season alone. The former all-district quarterback at Wylie East High School (Tex.) was a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball, football) at the prep level.  The 6’4, 190-pounder was selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2019 MLB Draft and will be expected to develop into the same steady player he proved to be at the SEC level.

Houston Astros 2019 2nd Round pick, 68th overall (VIDEO): Grae Kessinger SS-Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ Grae Kessinger’s grandfather, Don, was a two-time Gold Glove winner for the Chicago Cubs and once served as the Rebels head coach (1991-96). His father, Kevin, also played baseball at Ole Miss. The Astros second-round draft pick and Rebels team MVP was named a finalist for the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the top shortstop in college baseball. Through early June, Kessinger had committed just eight errors.

DraftNasty Throwback: Houston Astros SS/3B Alex Bregman

Prior to getting selected as the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman was a three-year standout for the LSU Tigers. A collegiate shortstop, his defensive prowess may have even outmatched his productivity at the plate. Since moving on to the major leagues, Bregman’s power at the plate may rank as a surprise, but his arm strength does not. We take a quick photographic journey into his collegiate days with a couple of videos mixed in-between. The 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP has turned into one of Major League Baseball’s brightest young stars.

Bregman -the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft- also earned 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

DraftNasty Throwback: Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson

Swanson was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 MLB Draft, but ultimately decided to go to Vanderbilt. His 2014 College World Series performance earned him most valuable player honors and was a prelude to a Commodores national championship run in 2015. In turn, his decision not only paid off in a college championship, but it also helped earn him the distinction of becoming the number one overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Georgia native was traded less than a year later to his hometown team, the Atlanta Braves. In 2019, Swanson set a career-high with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs as the Braves won the National League East.

In 71 games (2015), Swanson smacked 24 doubles, six triples and 15 home runs for the Commodores. Defensively, he posted 111 put outs and 185 assists.

Andrew Benintendi OF-Kansas City Royals: DraftNasty Throwback

While at Arkansas, Benintendi -or in some circles known as “Benny”- became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in one season. The former Madeira High School (Ohio) and Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year also batted .380 for the Razorbacks in a historic sophomore campaign. In 2015, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and was named the SEC Player of the Year. Benintendi went on to become the seventh overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and quickly earned his keep in the major leagues.

Benintendi became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season (2015).
Benintendi was also featured on the cover of DraftNasty’s 2015 fall edition.