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2012 MLB Draft Results: Braves Focus On Pitching In Middle Rounds

The Atlanta Braves have added quite a few intriguing prospects to the organization in the last few rounds. As is typically the case with the Braves, the team has focused on adding quite a few pitchers and also three catchers. Here is a look at their picks in rounds 8 through 12.

8th Round: Atlanta selected right-handed pitcher David Peterson in the eighth round. Peterson has solid size at 6'4 and 215lbs, and he had a very productive career at the College of Charlestown. A senior, look for him to sign quickly with the club. Peterson became a closer for his team last year and could move through the system in a hurry if he's able to improve his control.

9th Round: Right-handed pitcher Steven Schils out of Florida Tech was the ninth round selection for the Braves, the 299th player drafted this year. Schils comes in at 6'2 and 215lbs so he certainly has some size to him for being a junior in college. His fastball sits in the low 90s and only pitched 10 inning this last season, striking out five and walking 13.

10th Round: Junior college third baseman Mike Dodig was selected by the Braves in the tenth round. He played this last season with Columbia Green Community College. He is just 18 years old and has plenty of college eligibility left, so signing Dodig will likely require a bit of cash.

11th Round: The Braves took their third catcher of the day with Levi Borders, a high school player out of Winter Haven High School in Florida. He is reportedly a great athlete and could elect to play football, although he has a bright future behind the plate. He is the son of former Major League player Pat Borders.

12th Round: Atlanta's pick here was Connor Lien, an outfielder out of Olympia High School in Florida. He is just 17 years old and may elect to choose the college route should the Braves not offer enough money. Not a whole lot is known about his game due to his age and lack of exposure.

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