Imagine that. The Atlanta Braves drafted another pitcher in the first round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft. The Bravos selected right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., with the 21st overall pick in the first round.
Sims, yet another homegrown Georgia boy, stands 6 feet 1 inch tall at an even 200 pounds. The 18-year-old has two reliable pitches, a fastball that can hit 94 miles per hour while averaging 91-92 and hard curveball that is occasionally above average. At the moment, he only throws his changeup in the bullpen, but he will have to develop it more to start at a professional level.
Sims is touted for his aggressiveness and poise on the mound and is not afraid to throw strikes, pounding the strike zone with his fastball. His weakness seems to be command within the zone, though that will certainly be emphasized in his early stages of development in the farm system.
The move makes sense for the Braves, who always seem to have a superfluous amount of minor league pitching, because of their recent pitching flops with Jair Jurrjens, Randall Delgado and Mike Minor. If those guys fail to pan out in the long run, Sims may find himself in a position in a few years to take the reigns on a starting rotation spot.
Sims is currently signed to play for Clemson University, but reports are that he would be willing to sign quickly in the case of a first-round selection.
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