As expected the Atlanta Braves selected Iowa’s Jon Gilmore (Iowa City High) at the 33rd pick of the supplemental first round. Gilmore ranked as the 84th best prospect in our Draft Preview is now the highest Iowa high schooler ever drafted, with the previous mark being held by righthander Zach Hammes when the Los Angeles Dodgers took him as their 51st selection overall in 2002.
Gilmore, a Wichita State signee, broke into the national spotlight with his performances off the nation’s top high school pitchers at national showcases and the Aflac-All-American game. Gilmore showed his powerful bat when he hit a rocket double to the wall off Michael Main at the Aflac Classic. So far, the Braves have shown that they are going after powerful bats with selecting Gilmore and Jason Heyward.