MLB Draft Quick Hits

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– MLB.com mocks the draft’s first round with a couple of surprises, including Tanner Scheppers falling to the Mariners at No. 27.

– Right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was expected to go in the first half of the first round, will likely fall after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his forearm.

Baseball America’s John Manuel and Jim Callis alternate picks and make their first-round choices.

– Besides Stephen Strasburg to the Nats, I’m saying Jake Eilopoulos
to the Orioles has to be the biggest lock in the draft. A Canadian
left-hander with a Greek name? It’s like the perfect storm.

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.