Drew Waters
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A switch-hitter who should remain so as he moves up the ladder, Waters is a toolshed who is one of the top-15 prep position players from the 2017 draft class. The Braves were able to keep the Georgia product in state with a $1.5 million signing bonus after selecting him with the 41st overall pick. He does damage from both sides of the plate, thanks to plus bat speed that should allow him to eventually tap into 25-plus homer power as he grows into his 6-foot-2, 183-pound frame. Waters is a plus runner, but it remains to be seen how long he holds that speed. After dominating in a brief run in the Gulf Coast League (189 wRC+, .224 ISO), Waters received a promotion to the Appalachian League, where pitchers were able to routinely exploit him with breaking balls (35.5 percent strikeout rate). Improving his pitch recognition will be crucial in order for him to hit for a high enough average to profile as an everyday player. Read Past Outlooks
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Earns call to High-A
OFAtlanta Braves  A+
August 2, 2018
The Braves promoted Waters from Low-A Rome to High-A Florida on Wednesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
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Waters should settle into the everyday spot in the Florida outfield that was vacated by fellow organizational top-10 prospect Cristian Pache, who earned the call to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday. Unlike Pache, who delivers most of his value through defense, baserunning and improving contact skills, Waters projects as more of a power bat in the long run. The 19-year-old paced the South Atlantic League with 32 doubles and 47 extra-base hits while chipping in 20 stolen bases on 25 attempts.
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Doubles barrage continues in Sally League
OFAtlanta Braves  A+
July 23, 2018
Waters went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored for Low-A Rome in Sunday's win over Charleston.
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Raking at Low-A
OFAtlanta Braves  A+
May 24, 2018
Waters went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Low-A Rome in Wednesday's win over Lexington.
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Lands with Braves at pick No. 41
OFAtlanta Braves  A+
June 12, 2017
The Braves have selected Waters with the 41st overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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