The Atlanta Braves have selected Texas pitcher Bryce Elder 156th overall in the fifth and final round of the 2020 MLB Draft.
ⓐⓒⓔ !@bryce_elder13 has been selected in the 5th round by the @braves.#HookEm | #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/k7SvrvMdsC— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) June 12, 2020
Elder is the first upperclassmen to be selected and joins four other Longhorn signees to hear their name called. After earning second-team All-Big 12 honors for his stellar sophomore campaign, Elder was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America second team for the shortened 2020 season.
The right-handed pitcher from Decatur, Texas started four games in 2020 and finished 2-1 with a career low ERA of 2.08. Overall, Elder pitched 26 innings while striking out 32 batters and allowing only 6 runs total. Elder reached the 6th inning in all of his appearances and his lone loss came at the hands of LSU in a 4-3 defeat.
The approximate pick value for the No. 156 slot is estimated to be around $330,100.
Elders departure would leave Ty Madden and Pete Hansen as the 1-2 starters for David Pierce’s squad in 2021.