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2012 MLB Draft: Atlanta Braves Select Catcher Josh Elander In Sixth Round

The Atlanta Braves selected another catcher on Tuesday in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, picking junior Josh Elander from TCU. He has also played some outfield in college, although his true value is behind the plate. Elander is the 209th player taken this year at the draft, and is the second catcher the Braves have picked up. The other was Bryan de la Rosa in the third round.

Elander, 21, does not have great offensive numbers, but he earned a reputation for himself of being a hard-nosed player who loves competing against the best. Most scouts liked his power potential, although he will need to improve his approach at the plate if he hopes to make it very far in his career.

At 6'1 and 215lbs he certainly has the frame to withstand the beatings that come with being a catcher. He appears likely to sign although he does have one more year left of eligibility at TCU.

You can click here to watch live streaming coverage of Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft at MLB.com.

Read more about the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop and head over to Baseball Nation for additional news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball. Check out Minor League Ball to see how some of these prospects develop in their quest to the major leagues.

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