ATLANTA (AP) – High school left-hander Kolby Allard might be seen as a risky first-round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves after missing most of his senior season with a back injury.
The Braves believe Allard’s injury was good luck for them.
Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges says Allard, from San Clemente (California) High School, had the draft’s “best amateur curveball.” If not for the stress reaction in his back that limited Allard to three appearances as a senior, Bridges says Allard wouldn’t have been available at No. 14 overall.
Allard says the injury was “just a stupid, freak, little thing.”
Before the injury, Bridges says it was a “pipe dream” for the Braves to draft Allard. He was ranked among the nation’s top high school pitchers by Baseball America.
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