But after taking a couple of under-slot picks within the first few rounds, Atlanta was still in position to offer the 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior the kind of bonus he had anticipated as a projected third-rounder. A pretty good upgrade in money for him at that pick they must really like and have faith in him!! 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Welcome to Braves Country, @bryce_elder13!#ForTheA | #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/y8vxY0W3Ad. 12. © 2016-2020 StatsPlus, LLC. “I think he’s going to pitch in the big leagues.”. A right-handed pitcher, Elder was chosen by Atlanta in the fifth round of the MLB draft on Thursday. … If I’m the Braves, I can’t believe my luck here.” The 6-2, 220-pound Elder has four pitches — sinker, slider, curveball and change-up — that he can throw. Team: Philadelphia Phillies (majors) Born: October 16, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV us Draft: Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (1st) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from College of Southern Nevada (Henderson, NV).. High School: Las Vegas HS (Las Vegas, NV) Actually, when you get drafted your last year or whatever you have left for college is negotiated into the contract where the teams pay for the schooling. Over the course of the two-day draft, MLB teams selected four high school seniors who had signed with Texas this past November. Invest enough for college if you decide to come back and start your career. Stats. But it’s not like his past was all that predictable. Bryce Elder is a kid with an interesting story. Position: Rightfielder Bats: Left • Throws: Right 6-3, 210lb (190cm, 95kg) . Elder will have until Aug. 1 to decide whether he’ll sign with the Braves or return to Texas. UT’s 2020 recruiting class had been labeled by Baseball America as the nation’s best. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Texas pitcher Bryce Elder (13) throws against Boise State in Austin on Feb. 21, 2020. A little more than a decade after initially ditching baseball, Elder is preparing for the opportunity created when Atlanta took him in the fifth round of last week’s Draft. DKinnamon said... (original post)Can't blame him. Elder made only four starts during a 2020 season that was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, but his 2.08 ERA ranked ninth in the Big 12. In show of unity and force, Texas athletes call for changes to address UT’s racial past, future, Brian Davis In his 17 starts these past two seasons, Elder allowed more than three earned runs on only two occasions. I hope to be able to throw it for a long time.”. Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. Elder had some success at Decatur, but Howard Junior College was the only school initially offering him a chance to play at the next level. A pretty good upgrade in money for him at that pick they must really like and have faith in him!! “My fingers are up in the horseshoe of the seams. UT Volleyball addresses how it addressed ‘The Eyes of Texas’, Texas pitcher Bryce Elder (13) celebrates after striking out a Cal State Fullerton batter in Austin on March 6, 2020. “It played out different than I thought,” Elder said. Reply. Growing up in Decatur, Texas, which is located about 45 minutes north of Fort Worth, Elder was introduced to travel ball at a young age. Take the money. But he was willing to teach the slider grip that Elder still uses. Bryce Elder. Sortable Team Stats Top Rookies Tracker. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman], Danny Davis Our analysis is based on statistics only and does not consider how a pitcher fields his position or holds base runners. Stats. 2020 Regular Season Stats 2020 Spring Training Stats 2019 Regular Season Stats 2019 Sortable Team Stats Statcast Leaders Baseball Savant Top Prospect Stats Offseason Leagues Glossary. A lot of people call it a cutter because they don’t know what it is. Signed with the Braves for $850K. View Bryce Elder's career, season and game-by-game baseball stats while attending Decatur High School. The University of Texas right-hander has not yet signed, but he is confident he could soon ink his first professional contract. Take the money. “I threw another inning thinking my chances were done. Undrafted out of Decatur High in 2017, Elder made 21 relief appearances during his freshman year at Texas. Draftee Elder’s winding road back to baseball, Everything to know about Braves' 2020 Draft. #HookEm | #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/YDR3w6RQ6e. Elder won the job as UT’s Friday starter the following spring and spent two seasons as an ace in Austin. “If we find the right fit, then I might go play pro ball. Over the 109 innings he logged in 2019 and 2020, Elder struck out 118 batters while issuing 40 walks. I don’t spin the ball at all. The Braves selected Elder with the 156th overall pick. Jeff Howe. That's exactly what happened. Baseball wasn’t his top sport until late in his high school career and he was a late addition to the Texas recruiting class in 2017. Brad Davis, one of the youth coaches in the Decatur area, didn’t want his young players attempting to throw breaking balls. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s draft was limited to five rounds and 160 picks. If Bryce Elder isn’t pitching in Austin next spring, he will instead be throwing in Atlanta’s farm system. The Braves signed Texas righty Bryce Elder, whom they selected in the fifth round of last week’s draft, to complete their 2020 draft class. According to MLB.com, the assigned value for the 156th pick’s signing bonus is $336,600. Back To Topics. They basically gambled that they'd be able to get a talented guy above slot in the fifth round by saving money in the early rounds. Elder will forever be thankful for the assistance he gained from Tickel and Davis, as well as former big leaguers Troy Tulowitzki and Huston Street, who were both on Texas’ coaching staff this year. “I like playing golf. Fortunately, Brian Tickel became Decatur’s baseball coach the following year. (Elder would still be classified as a junior in 2021 since the NCAA restored a year of eligibility for all of its spring athletes). CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. 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The young pitcher took advantage of a late invite to an all-star game and then requested that the University of Texas send one of its baseball coaches to watch him pitch. “I think they’ve taught me something I’ll always be able to use, which is to try to simplify things as much as possible and go out and compete,” Elder said. Even then, I was told the Braves were willing to go way above what Elder was said to be asking for because they had the money to do so based on how their draft played out. There’s something about my arm slot and release that allows me to have very good command with it and change speeds. Elder worked primarily as a reliever during his freshman year for the Longhorns, and then posted a 2.72 ERA over 17 starts during the past two years. Last year, 1,217 players were chosen over the course of a 40-round draft. Two years ago, Atlanta took UT right-hander Nolan Kingham in the 12th round. “I appreciate the game of baseball more than I do golf,” Elder said. “I gave up a run in the first inning and [UT coach Philip Miller] left and I was thinking, ‘Well, there goes that,’” Elder said. A franchise will be penalized if it exceeds its bonus pool. All Rights Reserved Elder anticipated being selected in the third round and did not even hear from the Braves until midway through the fourth round. Florida International infielder Austin Shenton, the 156th pick in last year’s draft, signed for that amount. ... ATLANTA -- To understand how much Bryce Elder appreciates the intricacies and mental aspects of baseball, you simply have to hear the recent Braves draftee explain why he regained his love for baseball after being given the chance to pitch while competing for his high school golf team. Then I threw again about three or four days later in Houston, and they came to see me there. On Thursday, Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox used the 44th and 47th picks on prized pitching prospects Jared Jones and Jared Kelley. So he quit playing baseball and began playing golf with his friends, becoming one of the top teenage golfers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. American-Statesman Staff. Elder's asking price was high. Bryce Harper. “He knows without all he did, this likely wouldn’t have happened.”, ＡＴＸ ➡️ ＡＴＬThe @Braves liked what they saw from our man @bryce_elder13. The pitch actually comes off my index finger last. Schools that have had the most recruits drafted through the first three rounds: Texas – 4Arkansas – 3UCLA – 3Mississippi State – 2Oklahoma – 2Vanderbilt – 2, — Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) June 12, 2020. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]On its broadcast of the draft, MLB Network analyst Jim Callis said that Elder’s selection was a “tremendous value in the fifth round. jde383 said... (original post)Wow that’s. But he nixed that idea when the baseball coach told him he could not play both baseball and golf, which are both spring sports in Texas. “I hold it like a slider and throw it like a cutter,” Elder said. But by the time he reached fifth grade, he was tired of driving an hour to practice twice a week and missing the chance to spend weekends on his family’s boat. Cleveland selected Phoenix-raised shortstop Carson Tucker in Wednesday’s first round and California outfielder Petey Halpin in Thursday’s third round. Hookem.com staff, Danny Davis But what goes into baseball and how you prepare and how the game works, I really appreciate that more than I do with golf.”. It was a weird road to get there, but I made it.”. If we don’t, I’ll probably go back to Texas,” Elder told the American-Statesman this week. Elder becomes the 12th pitcher from UT to be drafted since David Pierce took over the program ahead of the 2017 season. American-Statesman Staff. Good for him. “I’d love to have him back, but at the same time, we’ll see what opportunities are presented to him,” Pierce said.
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